Non-Bond Spy/Thriller Flicks that are Great (or merely interesting)

chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
I saw one years & years ago that was fascinating- Code Name: Heraclitus. It had the strangest editing style I ever came across, cutting abruptly front to side & back. I'd love to see it again.
Then there was this strange little one starring Kate Capshaw called Code Name: Dancer. Another one I haven't seen since the 90's. I remember it being interesting.
Some actual great ones are Parallax View, Marathon Man, Ice Station Zebra, North By Northwest, Charade (man I love this one), The Conversation, Ronin, Patriot Games, Clear & Present Danger, Hunt For Red October, Tailor Of Panama....
When I was a wee laddie I saw Puppet On A Chain & When Eight Bells Toll at drive-ins. I so don't remember them. I think I need to fix that.

Got some good ones I missed?

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  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    Of the top of my head, The International & Three Days of the Condor. The Debt is also very good.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Oh yeah, Three Days was great. I have The International (love it!), but never saw The Debt.
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    Mission: Impossible is a good spy thriller.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe Still waiting for the Jena Malone Batwoman movie that's never going to be made.Moderator
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    My honorary Bond film.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Murdock wrote: »
    Mission: Impossible is a good spy thriller.
    Figures I'd leave those out.
    :P
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    The Harry Palmer movies with Michael Caine are good Spy thrillers too.
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    The third man
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    SaintMark wrote: »
    The third man

    I was going to remark that I was surprised that no one had mentioned this one. The obvious first choice. I'd also suggest OUR MAN IN HAVANA and NOTORIOUS. And of course, CASABLANCA. And I second MARATHON MAN.

    @Murdock , I've never seen the Harry Palmer films, but I hear that the first two are phenomenal. I have been wanting to see them for some time.
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    I've seen The Ipcress File and Billion Dollar Brain. I still need to see Funeral in Berlin.

    Oddly enough this is the only spy series I could see doing a crossover with Bond. Plus it would have been really cool to see Connery and Caine in the same movie.
  • DaltonCraig007DaltonCraig007 They say, "Evil prevails when good men fail to act." What they ought to say is, "Evil prevails."
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    Murdock wrote: »
    Oddly enough this is the only spy series I could see doing a crossover with Bond. Plus it would have been really cool to see Connery and Caine in the same movie.

    They played together in 'The Man Who Would Be King', didn't they?

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    Murdock wrote: »
    Mission: Impossible is a good spy thriller.

    No it isn't. Jim Phelps (at least the Jim Phelps I know from watching him in two series over the years) would never have done that !

    One of my favourite is "Telefon", by Don Siegel, starring Charles Bronson and Lee Remick as KGB operatives on the hunt for a Soviet hardliner (played by Bond alumni Donald Pleasance) creating chaos in the US using brainwashed operatives.

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  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    When I saw TELEFON as a teenager in the '70s, I thought it was fairly good. Not so much as an adult. But the novel by Walter Wager is solid. But yes, I tried a couple of those MISSION IMPOSSIBLE films, didn't make it to far into them. That's just superhero rubbish (like certain Bond films, but I'm more forgiving with those).
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    Some of the older Hitchcocks are pretty brilliant too like

    Foreign correspondent
    the 39 steps
    The Man Who Knew Too Much
    secret agent
    The Lady vanishes
    [one of my favorites]
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    Excellent list, @SaintMark . His pre-American work is outstanding. As much as enjoy his colorful '50s masterpieces, there is a raw uncompromising tenor to the one's that you mentioned that is missing when he crossed over.
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    Gerard wrote: »
    Murdock wrote: »
    Mission: Impossible is a good spy thriller.

    No it isn't. Jim Phelps (at least the Jim Phelps I know from watching him in two series over the years) would never have done that !

    I never really saw Voight's Phelps as the same person as Graves' Phelps. Just someone with the same name.

  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Murdock wrote: »
    I never really saw Voight's Phelps as the same person as Graves' Phelps. Just someone with the same name.
    Oh no, the code name theory again...
    #-o
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 2000
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    chrisisall wrote: »
    Murdock wrote: »
    I never really saw Voight's Phelps as the same person as Graves' Phelps. Just someone with the same name.
    Oh no, the code name theory again...
    #-o

    Maybe they should have called him Dan Briggs. ;)
  • RC7RC7
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    Murdock wrote: »
    I've seen The Ipcress File and Billion Dollar Brain. I still need to see Funeral in Berlin.

    Oddly enough this is the only spy series I could see doing a crossover with Bond. Plus it would have been really cool to see Connery and Caine in the same movie.

    Love these films too @Murdock. I regularly listen to the Ipcress File soundtrack.
  • bondjamesbondjames You were expecting someone else?
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    Some other good ones are the 4TH PROTOCOL, DAY OF THE JACKAL, RISING SUN, BOYS FROM BRAZIL, THE PEACEMAKER, EIGER SANCTION, DEATH AND THE MAIDEN (Brilliant relatively unknown Polanski work - set in one location set, like Dial M for Murder), GHOST WRITER (or GHOST - also by Polanski), DEFENSE OF THE REALM, KISS THE GIRLS, ALONG CAME A SPIDER, THE GAME, A PERFECT MURDER, & JADE.

    On a more serious front with less action there is THE CONTENDER, SYRIANA (very topical given current Islamic issues), & MICHAEL CLAYTON

    There's also the BOURNE IDENTITY TV mini series from the 80's starring Richard Chamberlain & Jaclyn Smith (80's so it has cheese but it was good).
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    THE PARALLEX VIEW

    As cited in the introductory comment, this 1974 conspiracy/paranoia film is a gem.
    A great performance by Warren Beatty. The backdrop is Seattle and the assassination of a political figure at the Space Needle. Informed by the conspiracy theories that hung over the Kennedy assassination, this is a sparse, tense, and chilling film. Very unsettling.
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    ALL THE PRESIDENTS MEN (1976) is quite the thriller, though the spying was completely domestic..
  • BirdlesonBirdleson San Jose, CAModerator
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    And going back over this page it is very sup rising that none of us have mentioned one of the best, Francis Ford Coppola's THE CONVERSATION (1974). And I suggest Roger Donaldson's NO WAY OUT (1987).
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    The Honorable Woman on Netflix streaming. It's a series (that just won a few Golden Globes) about an Israeli woman who inherited her father's weapons company and switches to humanitarian relief work in the Middle East.

    So far two people have been assassinated, a child has been kidnapped, MI6 and "C" have gotten involved, a body guard has been shot, and I'm only halfway through episode two. It has a very intelligent, modern, honest, and verrry espionage-like touch to it that I currently find very exciting.

    Check it out.
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    Birdleson wrote: »
    And going back over this page it is very sup rising that none of us have mentioned one of the best, Francis Ford Coppola's THE CONVERSATION (1974).
    I did! At the top!
    :D
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    NxNW

    A stylish Hitchcock film that anticipates the Bond films by a couple of years. Worth carefully watching how the main character accidentally gets mistaken for a government agent.
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    JWESTBROOK wrote: »
    The Honorable Woman on Netflix streaming. It's a series (that just won a few Golden Globes) about an Israeli woman who inherited her father's weapons company and switches to humanitarian relief work in the Middle East.

    So far two people have been assassinated, a child has been kidnapped, MI6 and "C" have gotten involved, a body guard has been shot, and I'm only halfway through episode two. It has a very intelligent, modern, honest, and verrry espionage-like touch to it that I currently find very exciting.

    Check it out.

    I forgot to mention that in The Honorable Woman, the actor who played Mitchel from Quantum of Solace has a large role. Considering he was Craig's stuntman who supposedly got the Bond role in the chaos of production, he's an excellent actor in this series.
  • edited March 2016 Posts: 1,385
    Sorry if these have already been listed, but I really enjoy "Funeral in Berlin" with Michael Caine as Harry Palmer. The movie is directed by Guy Hamilton, the executive producer is Harry Saltzman, and second unit director is Peter Medak (future director of "The Changeling" with George C. Scott and one of my favorite horror movies). Also, I'd recommend "Where Eagles Dare" with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood and "The Guns of Naverone" with David Niven, Gregory Peck, & Anthony Quinn, & Force 10 From Naverone from director Guy Hamilton with Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw, Barbara Bach & Richard Kiehl. Also, the first Harry Palmer movie "The Ipcress File".
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
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    josiah wrote: »
    Sorry if these have already been listed, but I really enjoy "Funeral in Berlin" with Michael Caine as Harry Palmer. The movie is directed by Guy Hamilton, the executive producer is Harry Saltzman, and second unit director is Peter Medak (future director of "The Changeling" with George C. Scott and one of my favorite horror movies). Also, I'd recommend "Where Eagles Dare" with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood and "The Guns of Naverone" with David Niven, Gregory Peck, & Anthony Quinn, & Force 10 From Naverone from director Guy Hamilton with Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw, Barbara Bach & Richard Kiehl. Also, the first Harry Palmer movie "The Ipcress File".

    Awesome list! =D>
  • edited March 2016 Posts: 1,385
    chrisisall wrote: »
    josiah wrote: »
    Sorry if these have already been listed, but I really enjoy "Funeral in Berlin" with Michael Caine as Harry Palmer. The movie is directed by Guy Hamilton, the executive producer is Harry Saltzman, and second unit director is Peter Medak (future director of "The Changeling" with George C. Scott and one of my favorite horror movies). Also, I'd recommend "Where Eagles Dare" with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood and "The Guns of Naverone" with David Niven, Gregory Peck, & Anthony Quinn, & Force 10 From Naverone from director Guy Hamilton with Harrison Ford, Robert Shaw, Barbara Bach & Richard Kiehl. Also, the first Harry Palmer movie "The Ipcress File".

    Awesome list! =D>

    Thanks! Yours too! I have seen, loved, and own most of those (with the exception of Tailor of Panama and Parallax View and that is only because I haven't seen them yet). Oh, and since you have a John Lecarre adaptation on the list, I will add "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" with Richard Burton (and a bit part by Bernard Lee), and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy with Gary Oldman :)
  • GoldenGunGoldenGun Per ora e il momento che verrà
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    With so many great ones already been mentioned I'll add two European class acts:

    Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others, 2006 Germany)
    Nikita (La Femme Nikita, 1990 France)
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