Tag Archives: Espionage [Genre]

A Murder of Quality [1964] and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy [1974]

I wasn’t really aware of John le Carré until the film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy [2011] came out. I enjoyed the film quite a lot, even though on reflection, not much actually happens. I picked up the novel in the … Continue reading

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Atomic Blonde [2017]

Atomic Blonde belongs to a male-dominated genre and aesthetic, not only dominated, but almost explicitly anti-woman. Women exist in this genre space almost purely to get “Fridged“, rescued, or indifferently used by the hero in furtherance of his aims. The … Continue reading

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Jason Bourne [2016]

This review is courtesy of Raymond Chandler: It’s the classic action-spy story, it has learned nothing, and forgotten nothing. It’s a story you’ll find taking up spaces in Multiplexes for two generations now, paying lip service to the value of individual … Continue reading

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Live and Let Die [1954]

The James Bond we meet at the start of Live and Let Die is not quite the same man we left at the end of Casino Royale. The Bond in Casino Royale was a gambler happy to take a 50/50 split, who … Continue reading

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Casino Royale [1953]

Last year I wasn’t too kind about the most recent James Bond film, Spectre, and a couple of years has eroded the mildly positive feelings I had about Skyfall, and before that I didn’t like Question of Sport much at all, but … Continue reading

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Salt [2010]

This is a genre film steeped in genre expectations and conventions, where every story beat feels prescribed, except that the whole thing is about a woman instead of a man. Of course, I knew going in that it’d been written … Continue reading

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Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation [2015]

I won’t be alone in writing that this is pretty well the benchmark film for a summer blockbuster that wants to make some money but doesn’t want particularly to upset the apple cart. It’s efficiently put together, and I think … Continue reading

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