Chuck (2011) – Versus the Hack Off, and Versus the Curse

Zachary Levi directs this episode of Chuck, which was written by Craig DiGregorio and Alex Katsnelson. It debuted on 9 December, 2011. Both Casey (Adam Baldwin) and Lester (Vik Sahay) are in prison for their individual crimes, though Lester has the place more wired (literally) than Casey who has to deal with some problems. Meanwhile,…

Chuck (2011) – Versus the Zoom, and Versus the Bearded Bandit

Mark Hamill makes a welcome appearance as does Ethan Phillips in the fifth and final season premiere of Chuck. Written by one of series creators Chris Fedak and Nicholas Wootton, it debuted on 28 October, 2011. Chuck (Zachary Levi) and the team, Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski), Casey (Adam Baldwin), and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) – the new…

Chuck (2011) – Versus the Last Details, and Versus the Cliffhanger

With the penultimate episode of the season, the stakes get raised, and the arc for the season starts to wrap up, which means not only are Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) dealing with their rehearsal dinner, but the return of Vivian Volkoff (Lauren Cohan) with a terrifying new weapon, and finding Chuck and…

Chuck (2011) – Versus the Muuurder, and Versus the Family Volkoff

Chuck (Zachary Levi) has to put on his detective hat in Chuck Versus the Muuurder. Written by Alex Katsnelson and Kristin Newman, this episode first debuted on 21 March, 2011. Chuck is in charge of recruiting a new candidate for the Intersect program, but when one of them ends up dead in castle, the underground…

For Special Services (1982) – John Gardner

John Gardner’s second 007 novel, updating Ian Fleming’s James Bond for the 1980s, is on the book shelf this week, and delivers the crisp, solid, sex and violence filled thrill ride we’ve come to expect from England’s top spy. This story, set largely in America, sees the return of Bond’s old nemesis, SPECTRE, with the…

James Bond and Moonraker (1979) – Christopher Wood

Christopher Wood brings us the novelisation of his screenplay for 007’s adventure in Moonraker, here titles James Bond and Moonraker so as not to be confused with the original Ian Fleming tale. Once again, Wood makes efforts to find a happy balance between the literary version of the spy and his silver screen incarnation. And…

Chuck (2010) – Versus the Subway, and Versus the Ring: Part II

Chuck’s (Zachary Levi) world starts to fall apart in this very emotional episode that serves as the penultimate story of the third season. Written by Ali Adler and Phil Klemmer from a story by Matthew Miller, Chuck Versus the Subway debuted on 24 May, 2010. Shaw (Brandon Routh) is back, and he has an intersect…

Chuck (2010) – Versus the Tooth, and Versus the Living Dead

Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) and Chuck (Zachary Levi) have moved in together, but Chuck starts having some strange dreams in Chuck Versus the Tooth. Written by Zev Borow and Max Denby this episode first aired on 10 May, 2010. General Beckman (Bonita Friedericy) is tired of being woken up by Chuck’s dreams, that have been wreaking…

Condorman (1981) – Charles Jarrott

This week’s spy movie is a film that should have worked, if it had a tighter script, and a better effects budget. Disney delivers a superhero spy movie that feels like a family-friendly version of From Russia With Love. Micheal Crawford stars in this film, and that was the thing that originally caught my attention…

Spy Game (2001) – Tony Scott

This week’s spy thriller is a fantastic film from Tony Scott and starring Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. I remember being blown away the first time I saw this one, though I’ve always been a fan of Scott’s work, and the score by Harry Gregson-Williams felt perfectly suited for a techno-thriller, though admittedly this is…

Jason Bourne (2016) – Paul Greengrass

Director Paul Greengrass got the band back together for the fourth Bourne sequel, bringing Matt Damon’s turn at Robert Ludlum’s iconic character another shot at the big screen. And while there’s some cool ideas at work in the story, when the plot makes it ‘personal’ for Bourne to get him involved in the narrative, the…