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The files below offer unique resources and reviews of movie spies brought to you by the author of Beyond Bond: Spies in Film and Fiction and Onscreen and Undercover: The Ultimate Book of Movie Espionage

Check out the interviews with film producers, directors, and actors.

Here, you’ll find reviews of the best and rarest of spy films and “Spy-ographies” of some of the best in the business. Here, you’ll not only learn about the best from the past but what’s coming to a theatre near you.


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Interviews with Insiders ~

►   A Spy Movie Without Pictures – Inside the Instrumental Soundscape of Black Tie Spy

►   The Bigamist Bond – The Behind-the-Scenes Story of The Champagne Spy

►   The Story of Israel’s Most Famous Secret Agent – Behind the Scenes of The Impossible Spy




Spy Movie Resources and Reviews ~

►   Review – Alberto Iglesias’ Soundtrack for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – Posted at BlogCritics

►   A Decade in Review – The Best Spy Films, Part 1 (2000-2004), by Craig Arthur, Wesley Britton, David E. Foster, Anders Frejdh, Amanda Ohlke, Paul Rowlands – PDF file

►   A Decade in Review – The Best Spy Films, Part 2 (2004-2009), by Craig Arthur, Wesley Britton, David E. Foster, Anders Frejdh, Amanda Ohlke, Paul Rowlands – PDF file

►   The Movie Spy’s Bookshelf – A Selective Bibliography – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   The Indispensables – The Best 30 Spy Films of All Time – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Very Honorable Mentions – More Spy Film Recommendations – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Neglected Nuggets and Obscure Classics – Collecting Rare Spy Films – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Killers, Traitors, and 007 – The Influence on and Failures of Alfred Hitchcock – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   The Sixty-Minute 007 – On the Trail of Bulldog Drummond – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   Charles McGraw, Biography of a Film Noir Tough Guy – Posted at CinemaRetro

►   Ice Station Zebra – a tale of spies, scientists, and a submarine, by Roger Langley




Spy-ographies ~

►   Snarling and Skulking – A Spy-ography of Donald Sutherland – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   From Harry Palmer to Austin Powers – A Spy-ography of Michael Caine – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   The Rogue Director – A Spy-ography of Fritz Lang – Posted at Spy Wise Blog

►   From Madman to Icon – A Spy-ography of Peter Lorre




The Ronald Payne Hollywood Files ~

►   Sex, Scotch, and Wild Geese – A Few Drinks with Richard Burton, by Ronald Payne

►   Tying Spies to the Railroad Tracks – Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst, by Ronald Payne

►   In the Kitchen with Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, and Cybil Shepherd – A Hollywood Cook Shares Some Secrets, by Ronald Payne

►   The John Wayne Movie That Never Was – John Ford, James Ellsworth, and Marine, by Ronald Payne