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James Bond, Mission: Impossible and The Best of the Rest - covering spy movies from 1935 to the present - uncovering unique elements, interconnections and how real world events impact what goes into spy movies and lots more.

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Jul 9, 2024

EYE OF THE NEEDLE – A WW II spy thriller 

EYE OF THE NEEDLE is a 1981 spy thriller starring Donald Sutherland. In it, one key plot point exposes one of the acts of deception that we discussed in our episode “OPERATION BODYGUARD - Behind the Spies in Movies and Novels”.  

In this episode, Dan and Tom decode...

Jun 25, 2024

3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR – A Fresh Look 

The 1975 spy movie, 3 DAYS OF THE CONDOR, is a “reluctant spy” movie starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway. Cliff Robertson, and Max von Sydow. 

Dan and Tom take a fresh look at this movie, decoding the plot, characters, direction, and more.  What are the influences on...

Jun 18, 2024

SPIONE And Its Influence On Spy Movies 

SPIONE And Its Influence On Spy Movies is a look at this 1928 Fritz Lang spy movie. And, Dan and Tom fill you in on just how big an influence SPIONE is in the spy movie genre.   

Significantly, SPIONE is the first spy movie we’ve been able to find that isn’t based on...

May 28, 2024

Dan and Tom decode the 1952 classic spy movie, 5 FINGERS.  This excellent movie starring James Mason is a fantastic espionage thriller, but not an action thriller.  And we think it works quite well that way.

5 FINGERS is based on the true story of Albanian-born Elyesa Bazna, who worked as a valet for the British...

May 7, 2024

Dan and Tom decode SPY HUNT, a 1950 espionage B movie.  And they don’t agree on this one.

SPY HUNT was based on the book “Panther’s Moon” by Victor Canning. It has espionage, a MacGuffin, a train, a dead drop, escaped black panthers, a budding romance, and quite a few interesting characters.

Dan and Tom...