Chuck (2011) – Versus the First Bank of Evil, and Versus the A-Team

The wedding is drawing closer, and Morgan’s (Joshua Gomez) hunt for his own place continues, but Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) are working with Vivian Volkoff (Lauren Cohan) to access her father’s accounts in a bank in Macao. Chuck Versus the First Bank of Evil was written by Henry Alonso Myers and Craig…

Mission: Impossible – The Complete Series – Blu-Ray Review

Seven seasons of classic television come to blu-ray this week. You’re mission should you choose to accept it, and you know I’m going to, is to work my way through each and every mission and delight in the (re)discovery of this classic television show. The stylish series collection box set debuts from Paramount Canada today,…

Icebreaker (1983) – John Gardner

Ian Fleming’s 007, James Bond, is back in action in the next novel by John Gardner, like his two previous tales, they move fast, and while filled with action beats, and moments, seems, overall, to be a smaller scale than the films that were happening at the same time. This time around, with the barest…

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…

Star Wars: Rebels (2017) – Twin Suns, and Zero Hour Parts 1 & 2

The Maul (Sam Witwer) story thread is finally tied off in Twin Suns, which first aired on 18 March, 2017. Written by Dave Filoni and Henry Gilroy, this episode sees the return of Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor and Stephen Stanton) and the end of the former dark sith, Maul. Maul uses the holocron to…

Chuck (2010) – Versus the Anniversary, and Versus the Suitcase

Season four of Chuck (Zachary Levi) got underway on 20 September, 2010, with Chuck Versus the Anniversary written by one of the series creator’s Chris Fedak, and was directed by Robert Duncan McNeill (who worked with one of the guest stars in Masters of the Universe) Chuck attempts to keep his promise to Ellie (Sarah…

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…

James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – Christopher Wood

Christopher Wood who penned the screenplay for Roger Moore’s The Spy Who Loved Me, also took it upon himself to write the novelisation, with the expanded title, ‘James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me’ in order not to be confused with the original Ian Fleming title. The adaptation is a curious blend of the Bonds…

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…

Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966) – Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming’s final James Bond book, the second published posthumously and the fourteenth 007 book overall is a collection of previously published quartet of short stories. And it’s a great collection to go out on, though of course Bond would continue to live on under other authors, and of course, as an ongoing film franchise….

Torn Curtain (1966) – Alfred Hitchcock

Paul Newman and Julie Andrews star in this thriller from director Alfred Hitchcock. And while the Master of Suspense is still a fantastic director, this one isn’t quite as thrill-packed as the poster would suggest. Which is not to say it isn’t enjoyable, the leads are wonderful, and it’s a very enjoyable story, it’s just…