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Film Discussion Lunch - Spy Movies

Do you like talking movies? Do you like eating lunch? Why not combine the two as our gathering of film buffs leads to free flowing conversations on movies of any and every type.  For our Film Discussion lunches, we will be starting out with a designated topic decided at the previous lunch, whether a filmmaker, era, style or genre. 


In anticipation of the release of the 23rd James Bond movie, Skyfall, we will be looking, not only at highlights from 007’s past, but the legacy of spy movies in general.  Hope you can join us for our last Film Discussion Lunch of 2012. 



Spies – 1928 (Fritz Lang) 

The 39 Steps – 1935 (Alfred Hitchcock)

The Lady Vanishes – 1938 (Alfred Hitchcock) 

Night Train to Munich - 1940 (Carol Reed) 

Notorious – 1946 (Alfred Hitchcock) 

Pickup on South Street – 1953 (Samuel Fuller) 

The Man Who Knew Too Much – 1956 (Alfred Hitchcock)

North by Northwest - 1959 (Alfred Hitchcock) 

Dr. No – 1962 (Terrence Young)

From Russia with Love – 1963 (Terrence Young)

Goldfinger – 1964 (Guy Hamilton) 

The Ipcress File – 1965 (Sidney J. Furie) 

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – 1965 (Martin Ritt) 

Thunderball – 1965 (Terrence Young)

Our Man Flint – 1966 (Daniel Mann) 

You Only Live Twice – 1967 (Lewis Gilbert)

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – 1969 (Peter R. Hunt) 

The Day of the Jackal – 1973 (Fred Zinnemann) 

Three Days of the Condor – 1975 (Sydney Pollack) 

The Spy Who Loved Me – 1977 (Lewis Gilbert) 

Top Secret! – 1984 (Zucker, Abrahams & Zucker) 

The Falcon and the Snowman – 1985 (John Schlesinger) 

Patriot Games – 1992 (Phillip Noyce) 

Mission Impossible – 1996 (Brian De Palma) 

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery – 1997 (Jay Roach) 

Spy Game – 2001 (Tony Scott) 

The Bourne Identity – 2002 (Doug Liman) 

Casino Royale – 2006 (Martin Campbell) 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – 2011 (Tomas Alfredson) 

Skyfall – 2012 (Sam Mendes) 

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  • Belinda D.

    Great as always

    December 2, 2012

  • Al

    I wonder if paranoid thrillers like "The Parallax View", "The Manchurian Candidate", or "Arlington Road" would count as 'spy movies'. Does the espionage or infiltration have to be intentional?

    November 28, 2012

  • Al

    Frederick Forsyth, author of "The Day of the Jackal", has had many fine film adaptations made of his other espionage works, from Jon Voight in "The Odessa File", to Christopher Walken leading some mercenaries in overthrowing an African nation in "The Dogs of War", to "The Fourth Protocol", where Michael Caine tries to stop a nuclear weapon from being set off by a cold-blooded and nasty enemy agent - played by a pre-"Bond" Pierce Brosnan!

    November 28, 2012

  • Jimmy O.

    Burn after Reading (2008)

    November 23, 2012

  • Brad


    1 · November 11, 2012

  • Jimmy O.

    on the 3 Stooges' "You Nazty Spy"--

    November 9, 2012

  • Jimmy O.

    Executive Action (1973) and JFK (1991) are also spy pictures as well as political thrillers...

    November 9, 2012

  • Jimmy O.

    Journey into Fear (1943), The Conspirators (1944)...also, Casablanca (1942) is worth mentioning whether it's overrated or not; most (not all) movies about the anti-Nazi Resistance or the Cold War contain espionage at the core of the storyline (transit letters in that case)...the love triangle in Notorious is a sardonic twist on the love triangle in Casablanca, complete with Ingrid Bergman as object...

    November 9, 2012

  • Jimmy O.

    Shack Out on 101 (1955)--Poverty Row Cold War exploitation with Lee Marvin Pickup on South St. on the beach with a Shock Corridor budget...

    November 7, 2012

  • Jimmy O.

    Ministry of Fear (1944), The Quiet American (2002) and any other Graham Greene-related stuff...also, even tho it was an ITV (UK) programme, Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner is the quintessential video exploration of espionage culture and its holistic implications (haven't seen the apparently more conventional Danger Man/Secret Agent Man)...

    November 7, 2012

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