Sure, we know XIII is knocking our socks off, but how about all of those other spies? James Bond, Jason Bourne, Ethan Hunt—everyone one of them is on our "Do not hold this guy's girlfriend hostage" list. But which of these international men of mystery comes out on top? Help us determine the best spy movie by casting your vote.
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Posted 05.08.13 by Shari
British secret agent James Bond first sprung to fictional life in author Ian Fleming's 1953 novel, Casino Royale, which needed three printings to keep up with the demand. Fleming followed with a series of novels and short stories featuring Bond until his death in 1964, at which point the character was also a big screen success as well.
Conversely, Robert Ludlum wrote his first Jason Bourne novel with 1980's The Bourne Identity, writing two more before his death in 2001. Ludlum did not live long enough to see 2002's The Bourne Identity or its subsequent sequels, but, like Fleming, Ludlum's character lives on, with other authors taking over the characters for the novels and the film franchises continuing to find success.
Yet, with Bond making his 23rd big screen adventure in this weekend's Skyfall, we began to wonder: which spy rules the other? There's only one place for Bourne and Bond to face off against one another and that's in our Character Cage Match! review their strengths and weaknesses before voting in our poll >> Posted 11.12.12 by Ryan
Only a few days ago, it was announced that Paul Greengrass, director of the second and third movies in the Bourne series, would not be returning to direct a fourth. It was unknown at that time how this would affect plans for another movie, but it now appears that Greengrass' permanent departure could mean the end of the Bourne franchise altogether.
In a recent interview with MTV, series star Matt Damon said, "I woldn't do it with anyone else." However, Damon was optimistic that Greengrass would return if they could find the right story.
I think it's gonna happen some day. We just got to get a script and we don't have one. So, embarking on something, you know, and aiming at a release date without any story would just be too risky. And, we don't wanna risk ... you know, we really love it! We love the character and we love the three films ... there's no reason to mess with it unless we have really a good one to follow it up with it. Posted 12.05.09 by BrentJS
Producer Frank Marshall (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Bourne Identity) spoke to ComingSoon.net about some of his upcoming projects, including a fourth Bourne movie, which Matt Damon and The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass agreed to return for last year. Marshall says the project is moving forward, but the story is still being developed.
We'd like to shoot next year. It's trying to get everybody's schedules in the right place and getting the script right. We've done pretty well with these scripts that are pretty loosely put together, but I'd like the script to be really solid this time before we go forward. We're spending a lot of time on this story.
What about another Jurassic Park?
We just have to see if they can come up with a story. We don't have a story.
Marshall is also developing a remake of the 1980's classic The Neverending Story.
We love the book and we've always thought there was an opportunity (because) there were a lot of elements in the book that weren't in the movie. It's another one where we're still working on the rights and it's a huge thing to get it. Once we get it, we'll bring on a writer, but that's kind of off in the distance. But it's a great story.
Marshall is currently producing The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan's live-action adaptation of the animated series. The movie opens July 2, 2010. Posted 06.17.09 by Ryan
It's Daniel Radcliffe Day in DVD-land, with the lanky lad's two latest releases, summer blockbuster Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and charming indie December Boys, debuting on DVD today. Also arriving on DVD shelves are The Bourne Ultimatum, starring Matt Damon in his (presumably) final turn as the amnesiac rogue agent, Interview, starring Sienna Miller and Steve Buscemi, and High School Musical 2, starring non-threatening Zac Efron and internet star Vanessa Hudgens.
Posted 12.11.07 by reelz