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Interesting point about what can be or can't be considered as Eurospy. If one were to discuss (possible Eurospy) tv series, does Department S/Jason King fall into that category as well? Partly naming Jason King in this discussion as I'm having great fun watching it for the first time. Love the way Len Deighton and Ian Fleming has been named only a few episodes in already!
Things like these are discussed in that EuroSpy book guide.
Can't say I like TNM as much as I thought I would, so I'm quite interested to see how this turns out.
But there is a category called Neo-EuroSpy that's given to the likes of Taken and Criminal, for example. So, had it been a film, I think it would have been a Neo-EuroSpy... if the British are still part of Europe (not EU) of course.
I urge folks to watch it via the link I posted, you won't be disappointed.
As for Jason King. I can remember seeing a few episodes during the original transmission. Peter Wyngarde popped up in a recent re run episode of Simon Templar. He played a terrific baddie opposite Sir Rog.
Interesting facts, @ClarkDevlin!
It's funny to read how much the Eurospy genre plays on Bond and Fleming. Not only by using "0" and "7" in any way possible, but also words like "operation"or "assignment". Even "man"!
And I love Edward Woodward's "This Man Alone" based on the Callan theme.
And I specially like James Tont. There was Operazione UNO and Operazione DUE. Check this video, because it's so bad that it can be really funny (00:27 Brilliant!!). And an underwater car much before TSWLM! ;)
Ah, I see. It's more complicated than I initially thought. I'm not to well read up on the area of Eurospy films, though I do know of their existence of course, as most general spy fans do.
James Tont: Operazione Uno is the first EuroSpy film to take the crown of being the one, I believe. And yes, Goldginger is also a EuroSpy. Most certainly it is.
I've still yet to pick up Richard Rhys Davies' The International Spy Film Guide 1945 - 1989 for a more thorough development of knowledge regarding the category, but I know he has lots of information regarding the development of each film (consisting of over 2000 films) detailed in its build-up.
The thing about EuroSpy films is that they tend to feature spy plots more so than spy protagonists. One example is The Tiffany Memorandum (obviously its title is a capitalization over the first Quiller film) where the main character is a journalist caught up with the spy world, played by Ken Clark, who's known for starring as the first Agent 077 in a trilogy of films in the guise of Dick Malloy. Said this because there are other Agent 077 characters as well.
@ClarkDevlin, did you spot a couple of OHMSS cast members in the Callan film?
But, from what I remember, I'll name my top ten:
1-Deadlier Than The Male
2-OSS 117: From Tokyo With Love*
3-Agent 077: Special Mission Lady Chaplin
4-The Ipcress File
5-Agent 505: Death Trap Beirut
6-OSS 117: Murder For Sale
7-Kiss The Girls And Make Them Die
9-Agent 077: From Orient With Fury
10-Super Seven Calling Cairo
Of course, this is subject to change. But, from what I remember this is how my list goes. Will keep you informed.
* - From Tokyo With Love is written by Terence Young which inspired two future Bond films, of those being You Only Live Twice and The Spy Who Loved Me. It's a must for every Bond fan.
Indeed, @stag. :) Catherine Schell being one example. Lovely woman.
Never knew The Ipcress File was a eurospy! Really like that one.
Also is Danger: Diabolik eurospy? It's from well-known horror director Mario Bava who practically invented the giallo, I can't skip that one I suppose.
And yes, Danger: Diabolik! is a EuroSpy, as is The Fantastic Argoman. Both of these don't feature spy protagonists but rather comic book hero types (superhero or a supervillain) that are caught up with the spy world.
Now, whether Ipcress is a EuroSpy or not is highly debatable. But, I'd like to count it as one.
I am loving these movie titles! Super Seven Calling Cairo and Kiss The Girls And Make Them Die are just so ridiculous and fantastic! Seeing this makes it almost strange that the two OSS 117-parodies with Jean Dujardin didn't make more use of humor in the movie titles. OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies and OSS 117: Lost in Rio are boring titles in comparison!
That Man From Rio (with Jean-Paul Belmondo) is available on Youtube, but as it's in French, I won't be able to understand much of it.
Oh, and by the way, The Man from Rio actually is available with an English and with a BluRay HD format at that! I have mine somewhere. But, be warned it's not a EuroSpy. It's a film about treasure hunt. But, still worth watching if you like Belmondo. I personally do.
Did not know that The Man From Rio is available in English! It sure wasn't the last time I checked. The only reason I named this one here, was because of this little line on the Eurospy aricle on Wikipedia: «Jean-Paul Belmondo was in the French spy spoof That Man From Rio (1964)». Reading the storyline summary after reading your comment, makes me wonder why That Man From Rio is named in that article at all. Still going to see it, though. Belmondo is a great actor.
As for The Man from Rio with English dub, it's very hard to find. It's a French edition that bappens to contain an English dub. I saw it online sometime ago, as well. Wish I had pinned it for you to see, too. I love Belmondo naturally. More than an actor, he's a great comedian. The film is a comedy on its own, especially with the abnormality of a cat and mouse chase that happens to have the heroine at one end, gunmen in the middle, and Belmondo on the other end. Funny stuff!
@ClarkDevlin, back to Callan for a moment (and I now see why it can't be classed as Eurospy), the security man who shows Callan into Hunters HQ is the thug who fought with Tracy.
I must admit I didn't recognize him at first. But, now that you mention it...! I have to give this film another view soon!
Now that you mention it, I have heard that very same summary for a possible third movie! Can't remember where or when, though. Guess word spreads fast. A sideburned Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath will be worth the wait alone!
Will have to see The Man From Rio as soon as possible. Some really good looking location photography too, it seems – from the clips I've seen!
I found one Kino Lorber release: Slack Bay (German/France movie) who in The Netherlands released by Belgium/French label Cineart/Twin Pics. Only on dvd in this case. But i have couple of other Cineart/Twin Pics released on Bluray include Italian movie Io sono l'amore aka I Am Love (with Dutch and French subtitels). Also Drive and Only God For Gives are from same company.