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Old 09-02-2017, 04:00 PM
 
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What do you think is the appeal of spy movies? Is it the action? The danger? The suspense? Or could it be the appeal to the human mind of spying on someone without them really knowing it.

Also, I googled the words Spy Movies, and quite a few spy movies have been made:

Spy Movies (And click on the right-arrow to the right of movie row.)

Also, see this:

Best Spy Movies of the 21st Century So Far | Collider
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Old 09-07-2017, 11:33 AM
 
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No takers? Hmmm.
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Old 09-07-2017, 12:01 PM
 
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I haven't seen a lot of those. Not sure I'd consider MUNICH a spy movie though. It's about assassination, not spying. Great movie though. ARGO is another great one, though again, I'm not sure it's really a spy movie. I have never seen the appeal of any of the BOURNE or MISSION IMPOSSIBLE movies. I just don't find the action all that memorable when I don't care about the characters. It's like watching your kids play a video game after a while.

My favorite spy movie:

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Old 09-08-2017, 08:40 AM
 
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I enjoy the older James Bond movies. I like the action, the mystery...cool gadgets.
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Old 09-08-2017, 10:47 PM
 
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I haven't seen a lot of those. Not sure I'd consider MUNICH a spy movie though. It's about assassination, not spying.
Not to disagree with you... but from what I've seen, they're almost the same difference.

Like I know that you were an "Alias" fan, and Sydney's mom was an assassin. But she was also a Russian spy too.

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Great movie though. ARGO is another great one, though again, I'm not sure it's really a spy movie. I have never seen the appeal of any of the BOURNE or MISSION IMPOSSIBLE movies.
I think that I liked one or two of the Bourne movies. Also, I didn't like the Mission Impossible movies(and I was kind of offended that they made long-time hero, Jim Phelps, into a villain) until the 4th one, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. And I don't know if you saw that one, but I thought that it was sensational.

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I just don't find the action all that memorable when I don't care about the characters. It's like watching your kids play a video game after a while.

My favorite spy movie:
Yes, Get Smart was a decent TV show adaptation movie. Especially, compared to most other TV show adaptation movies which usually turn out to be horrible.

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Old 09-08-2017, 11:07 PM
 
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I enjoy the older James Bond movies. I like the action, the mystery...cool gadgets.
I think that it was the older James Bond movies that started the appeal of spy movies in me. And which was that: I always liked that the secret spy organizations had the backing and the resources of the government, and that they were up against some sort of enemy or organization which also seemed to have unlimited resources. Therefore, the stories would involve bigger-than-life type end-of-the-world situations.

Also, because both sides had unlimited resources, you would see the the biggest criminal lairs, the biggest boats and ships and weapons. Along with the best cars and gadgets and devices, etc, that all had the latest technology.
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Old 09-10-2017, 06:54 AM
 
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When I think of spy movies, I think of John le Carré adaptations.

The Russia House (1990)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) - also check out the 7 part BBC miniseries, and Smiley's People - another excellent BBC minseries
A Most Wanted Man (2014)

Comedy

Burn After Reading (2008)

Joe Wright's Hanna (2011) is very good.

The Lives of Others (2006) is excellent.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) is different.

The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) was good.

Hitchcock, nuff said...

The 39 Steps (1935)
Notorious (1946)
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Old 09-10-2017, 05:05 PM
 
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When I think of spy movies, I think of John le Carré adaptations.

The Russia House (1990)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) - also check out the 7 part BBC miniseries, and Smiley's People - another excellent BBC minseries
A Most Wanted Man (2014)

Comedy

Burn After Reading (2008)

Joe Wright's Hanna (2011) is very good.

The Lives of Others (2006) is excellent.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) is different.

The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) was good.

Hitchcock, nuff said...

The 39 Steps (1935)
Notorious (1946)
So what was the appeal of those movies, oeccscclhjhn?
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Old 09-10-2017, 06:46 PM
 
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Not to disagree with you... but from what I've seen, they're almost the same difference.
When I think of a "spy movie," then the plot ought to involve some sort of espionage or subterfuge. That wasn't what MUNICH was about. It was about a team of assassins killing people. But I don't really want to quibble. MUNICH is a great movie, no matter what genre handle you put on it.


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I think that I liked one or two of the Bourne movies. Also, I didn't like the Mission Impossible movies(and I was kind of offended that they made long-time hero, Jim Phelps, into a villain) until the 4th one, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. And I don't know if you saw that one, but I thought that it was sensational.
I have seen at least two of the MI movies. Maybe three. Honestly, they all kinda run together in my memory. I wouldn't call any of them bad, but hardly memorable. I have no desire to re-watch any of them.


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Yes, Get Smart was a decent TV show adaptation movie. Especially, compared to most other TV show adaptation movies which usually turn out to be horrible.
Yup. And what's so good about it is that it works as both a spy movie and a comedy. Succeeding at two genres simultaneously is impressive.

Again, I don't know that this is a "spy" movie exactly, but CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND was surprisingly fun.

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Old 09-10-2017, 09:39 PM
 
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When I think of a "spy movie," then the plot ought to involve some sort of espionage or subterfuge. That wasn't what MUNICH was about. It was about a team of assassins killing people. But I don't really want to quibble. MUNICH is a great movie, no matter what genre handle you put on it.
No, problem. But I was just explaining to anyone reading as to why Munich was listed as a spy movie in the google list:

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While espionage is primarily concerned with gathering information, spies sometimes have to use their skills to commit murder. These spies are known as assassins. An assassination might be called for to prevent someone from revealing information, or to punish someone who has switched sides. This also sends a clear message to anyone else who might consider helping the enemy.
How Spies Work | HowStuffWorks

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I have seen at least two of the MI movies. Maybe three. Honestly, they all kinda run together in my memory. I wouldn't call any of them bad, but hardly memorable. I have no desire to re-watch any of them.
I'm surprised that Ghost Protocol didn't seem to be better than the rest of them to you.

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Yup. And what's so good about it is that it works as both a spy movie and a comedy. Succeeding at two genres simultaneously is impressive.

Again, I don't know that this is a "spy" movie exactly, but CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND was surprisingly fun.
I've never seen it, but from what I looked up, yes... it's an assassin/spy movie.

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
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