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…

Dr. No (1958) – Ian Fleming

I dig into another classic James Bond novel by Ian Fleming this week. Up this time is the sixth novel in the series, and one that served as the basis for the first film. The story stays fairly close to what has been explored in the film, with a subplot involving bird guano and conservation,…

Chuck (2007) – Versus the Imported Hard Salami, and Versus the Nemesis

Chuck (Zachary Levi) starts a new relationship with Lou (Rachel Bilson) after he and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) ‘break-up’ their cover relationship, but love comes into conflict with duty in the first episode up this week. Chuck Versus the Imported Salami was written by Scott Rosenbaum and Matthew Miller and first debuted on 19 November, 2007….

From Russia With Love (1957) – Ian Fleming

This week I dove into Ian Fleming’s fifth James Bond novel, and the one that was most closely adapted for the big screen, though SPECTRE is slipped into the film version, whereas in this tale it is simply east versus west as SMERSH, the Russian spy organisation comes up with a plan to humiliate the…

Shogun (1980) – Disc 2

The epic mini-series adaptation of James Clavell’s novel (he also served as one of the show’s producers), Shogun continues this week, as I dive into disc two, which includes episode two and parts of episode three which originally aired on the 16th and 17th September, 1980, following the airing of the three hour premiere on…

V – The Series (1984) – The Sanction, and Visitor’s Choice

The battle for Earth continues this week, along with a healthy dose of melodrama, as I continue exploring V – The Series. Up first is The Sanction, written by Brian Taggert, who worked on The Final Battle, this story first aired on 16 November, 1984. Mike Donovan’s (Marc Singer) son, Sean (Nicky Katt) is being…

Fort Apache (1948) – John Ford

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film for my screening of The Searchers is another Ford/Wayne classic, Fort Apache. A sprawling western, the film not only boasts the talents of John Wayne, but those of Henry Fonda, Shirley Temple and Pedro Armendariz (who I always enjoyed n From Russia With…

From Russia With Love (1963) – Terence Young

  Anyone who knows me, knows that I love the Bond films, so it was really no surprise to me that a number of them would start to pop up the further I got into the 101 Action Movies list. Of the early James Bond films, From Russia With Love is closest to the source…