Tag Archives: Espionage

OSS 117 is Unleashed

Kerwin Matthews has the hair for the role of OSS 117, but he lacks the cool. There’s no swagger, no menace. The clothes don’t look as cool on him as they do on Sean Connery. He is underwhelming in a genre which demands a lot more. As a result, OSS 117 is Unleashed doesn’t feel very unleashed., but I guess you can’t lure them in with OSS 117 is Sufficient.

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The Man from UNCLE

In 2015, Guy Ritchie decided to direct a slick, stylish remake of the old Man from UNCLE television show. It bombed at the box office, but that’s not a reflection of it’s quality. Telling the story of how American Napoleon Solo and Soviet Illya Kuryakin came to be a team, the film is a good-humored, candy-colored celebration of 1960s pop art, mod fashion, and spy style.

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Forever and a Death

Donald E. Westlake, best known for his hard-hitting “Parker” series, was hired in the early 1990s to write a script for a James Bond film to follow up Goldeneye. One thing led to another, and his script was not used, but Westlake took it and turned it into a novel. It was never published…until Hard Case Crime got their hands on the manuscript in 2017.

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