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Old 07-16-2018, 01:14 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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When it comes to Spy TV series, there are tons over the decades. From Avengers to UNCLE, Man in Suitcase to Nikita, the Baron to MI-5, and so forth. One does not lack at all.


It seems, however, that the spy movies are a little bit more limited. There's Bond, there's Palmer, there are one hit wonders like Innocent Bystanders and Scorpio, a MOSSAD or KGB story here and there, and then those they can produce from Alistair MacClean books but after that, well, then it seems that it is just the spoofs.....and I want no part of those.


I have lots of box sets of Westerns, Sci-Fi, Horror, and B movie babes, but hardly anything of Spy Flicks. About the only one I think I have is https://www.amazon.com/Great-Movies-...+sell-out+reed


Has anyone been able to find spy flick collections, have titles that I might search for?
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Old 07-16-2018, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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Not collections but 2 older spy movies I really liked. Eye of The Needle with Donald Sutherland and No Way Out with Kevin Costner.
I loved the Fugitive series but haven't seen it available on dvd or anything but haven't checked recently.

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Old 07-17-2018, 02:50 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Not collections but 2 older spy movies I really liked. Eye of The Needle with Donald Sutherland and No Way Out with Kevin Costner.
I loved the Fugitive series but haven't seen it available on dvd or anything but haven't checked recently.
Thank you!

No Way Out I think I have....down in the VHS storage. Not so sure about Eye of the Needle.

One thing I like about the older movies is that the big stars now in them....weren't big stars then, so it is more about the movie and less about them. A reason why I prefer "The Debt" of 2007, "original"
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0990427/?ref_=nv_sr_4
over "The Debt" of 2010
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226753/
because when it is a big star, one tends to see more of the star and less of the movie.

With my bargain bin collections of Westerns and Sci Fi, more in the Westerns I think though, I am looking forward to experiencing movies in the Saturday matinee format. An escape for 90 minutes or so.

I've seen various spy movie titles in my constant searching of IMDB but getting my hands on them inexpensively is something else.......if at all.

As things are, as it is DIE, SPY! Tuesday, I think I will watch "Roboman".
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072405/?ref_=fn_al_tt_3

I've had it in inventory for years but never got more than 20 minutes into it. I saw it the other week when I was finalizing the library setup and now is as good a time as ever to see it.

NOW, THERE'S AN APPROACH.......

...............maybe I shouldn't be looking for titles of bargain boxes but rather, movie collections by actors who primarily or by the majority did spy flicks like perhaps.......

Trevor Howard?

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Old 07-17-2018, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Movies:
Zero Dark Thirty (2012) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1790885/ - the backstory of how the CIA found Ben Laden
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1340800/- the classic and the remake

The Tailor of Panama (2001) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0236784 - with Pierce Brosnan in a very non-James Bond spy flick.
And there are the 4 Jason Bourne flicks, but those are more action than spy.

TV Series you didn't mention that are EXCELLENT spy shows:
Berlin Station (hard-core CIA, present day, in Berlin)
Counterpart (also hard-core spys, present day, in Berlin, but with a very interesting science fiction twist)
Night Manager, The (miniseries) Super good, with Dr. House actor as the Bad Guy
Rubicon (2009 13 eps) very mature, zero action but twisty spy work series.
Dig (2015) FBI agent assigned in Israel gets caught up in intrigue.
Company, The (2007 miniSeries) quite good representation of CIA.

Chaos (2011) very much a spoof, but for a TV series, it was hilarious.

Prisoner, The (very old, maybe spy maybe not)
Burn Notice wasn't too bad.
Alias (2001) Hadn't seen it, but it lasted 5 seasons so some folks liked it.

Condor (2018) The new series that's an update to "3-days of the", but I didn't like it as too much flash, not enough believable.
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Old 07-18-2018, 02:53 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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Movies:
Zero Dark Thirty (2012) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1790885/ - the backstory of how the CIA found Ben Laden
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1340800/- the classic and the remake

The Tailor of Panama (2001) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0236784 - with Pierce Brosnan in a very non-James Bond spy flick.
And there are the 4 Jason Bourne flicks, but those are more action than spy.

TV Series you didn't mention that are EXCELLENT spy shows:
Berlin Station (hard-core CIA, present day, in Berlin)
Counterpart (also hard-core spys, present day, in Berlin, but with a very interesting science fiction twist)
Night Manager, The (miniseries) Super good, with Dr. House actor as the Bad Guy
Rubicon (2009 13 eps) very mature, zero action but twisty spy work series.
Dig (2015) FBI agent assigned in Israel gets caught up in intrigue.
Company, The (2007 miniSeries) quite good representation of CIA.

Chaos (2011) very much a spoof, but for a TV series, it was hilarious.

Prisoner, The (very old, maybe spy maybe not)
Burn Notice wasn't too bad.
Alias (2001) Hadn't seen it, but it lasted 5 seasons so some folks liked it.

Condor (2018) The new series that's an update to "3-days of the", but I didn't like it as too much flash, not enough believable.
Well, I wanted to stay away from TV series for two main reasons, the first of them being....this isn't the TV forum. Secondly, as said, I am pretty well loaded on them. As Tuesday was DIE, SPY! day, the TV series I watched was..... The Wild, Wild West. About being loaded on them, there are times when you look around and realize just how much you have and how you really should think twice, thrice about getting anything else.

However, an interesting note about Burn Notice. First of all, hate to tell you, but I found that show incredibly boring. Secondly, however.......I was talking to a co worker yesterday, explaining to him the 1st episode of "Man in a Suitcase" to which his comment was that such was a heck of a burn notice.

As far as "Dr. House" goes.....he was the MI-6 contact for a while in "Spooks".

Actually, there is more than 4 Jason Bourne flicks. I picked up the current ones when someone mentioned that I needed up to date movie references when I talk to my classes. Then, I picked up this one
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094791...nm_flmg_act_34
during my Jaclyn Smith buying kick.....haven't watched it yet, though.

I think I have Tinker.... the cover looks familiar. That's the thing about having so many flicks; duplication buying is quite possible.

I did watch "Robo Man" today and it has lots of actors one might see in spy flicks. That catch is, while the face might be recognizable, like Ben Boa, probably no one ever made a collection of their flicks for sale.

The better approach to this is to find the director, such as Peter Collinson or Alfred Hitchcock, and see if there is a collection of their flicks....or at least inexpensive selections.

And the search goes on!

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