Spy-Fi Goodnessby grendelkhan | created - 23 Dec 2012 | updated - 25 Sep 2016 | Public
The thrilling, and sometimes comical, exploits of the world's greatest secret agents.
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1. Climax! (1954–1958)
60 min | Drama
This was an anthology series that presented a different story and different set of characters on each episode. It ran from 1954 to 1958 and featured Casino Royale of James Bond fame that lead to a feature film of the same name.
The cinematic debut of Bond (there was a radio program in South Africa before this). Here, he is American agent Jimmy Bond, played by Barry Nelson. Not bad, all things considered, mostly due to Peter Lorre as Le Chiffre.
2. Danger Man (1960–1962)
TV-PG | 24 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
John Drake is a special operative for NATO, specializing in security assignments against any subversive element which threatened world peace. The series featured exotic locales from all ... See full summary »
Patrick McGoohan stars as John Drake, an agent for NATO. These are a bit more subdued and cerebral than its cinematic counterpoints. McGoohan is icy calm and maintains the moral high ground. This would set the scene for McGoohan's masterpiece.
3. The Avengers (1961–1969)
TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
A quirky spy show of the adventures of an eccentrically suave British agent and his predominately female partners.
Though it predates the Bond films, things don't start to kick into high gear until Honor Blackman enters the picture. Once Emma Peel debuts, it takes off like a rocket. Loads of fun, with a nice mix of humor and action, with both realistic and fantastic plots.
4. Dr. No (1962)
PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.
Votes: 126,983 | Gross: $16.07M
The film that started it all! Not quite up to later standards, but still pretty exciting. The villain is a weak Fu Manchu rip-off, though.
5. The Saint (1962–1969)
50 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Simon Templar, a wealthy adventurer known as The Saint, travels around the world in his white Volvo P1800S.
The literary character was more of a detective and that's the character in the earlier movie series. Here, Roger Moore portrays Simon Templar as one part superspy, one part freelance troubleshooter. Very entertaining and better than his Bond, for my money.
6. From Russia with Love (1963)
PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.
Votes: 99,057 | Gross: $24.80M
One of the best written of the Bond series, and the start of the gadgets, with everyone's favorite attache case. It's a shame that SPECTRE Island is never revisited, as the hunt for it could have made for a great plot.
7. Goldfinger (1964)
PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.
Votes: 150,839 | Gross: $51.08M
Things start to get rather grandiose, though it's pulled off masterfully! Ken Adams goes to town with the Fort Knox set.
8. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964–1968)
50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
The two top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement fight the enemies of peace, particularly the forces of THRUSH.
Why stop at one spy when you can have two? Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin battle with the forces of THRUSH. It starts out well, but takes a downturn in the later seasons. The UNCLE Specials are by far the ultimate in spy weaponry. The series would spawn a film series, with episodes edited together and footage added to link the stories.
9. Thunderball (1965)
PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond heads to The Bahamas to recover two nuclear warheads stolen by SPECTRE agent Emilio Largo in an international extortion scheme.
Votes: 89,904 | Gross: $63.60M
There's no turning back now. Gadgets and megalomaniacs dominate the films, from here on out! The Aston Martin is topped by the jetpack, an item no self respecting superspy should be without.
10. I Spy (1965–1968)
51 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A pair of intelligence agents posing as a tennis pro and his coach go on secret missions around the world.
Bill Cosby and Robert Culp take on the baddies. Not quite as exciting as Bond or UNCLE, but a charming series in its own right.
11. Get Smart (1965–1970)
TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Bumbling Maxwell Smart, Agent 86 for CONTROL, battles the evil forces of KAOS with the help of his competent partner Agent 99.
The ultimate in spy spoof. Max Smart is the most hapless secret agent, but 99 will get him through. Pity the poor head of CONTROL, but hiss at the forces of KAOS!
12. The Ipcress File (1965)
Not Rated | 109 min | Thriller
In London, a counter espionage agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.
Taught spy thriller that helped (along with Alfie) launch Michael Caine into stardom. Caine is Harry Palmer, the anti-Bond. Palmer's world is filled with reports and double-dealing bosses. The thinking man's spy.
13. The Wild Wild West (1965–1969)
50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Two Secret Service Agents, equipped with a wide array of gizmos, work for the government in the Old West.
Steampunk before the term existed. This series took the spy series back in time to the Old West, and gave us the coolest spy series of all. Very inventive, with charming leads. Michael Dunne as the recurring villain, Dr. Miguelito Loveless, makes this a classic. Dunne would have made a fantastic Bond villain.
14. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)
Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Thriller
British agent Alec Leamas refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.
Excellent adaptation of John Le Carre's best seller. Burton plays the part of the burnt out agent well, caught in Control's manipulation of the Russians. Great sequences along the Berlin Wall and a fine character piece. Real spy stuff here.
15. The Liquidator (1965)
Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Thriller, Crime
Colonel Mostyn of the British Intelligence Service suspects there is a leak in his department and hires an American expatriate to eliminate various targets working for the Soviets.
Rod Taylor stars in this spy spoof. Taylor is an ex-GI who accidentally saves the life of spy Trevor Howard. Sometime later, he finds himself recruited to be an assassin. He tries to continue the con, hiring Erik Sykes to hit his targets, but he soon has to do the job himself. Lots of fun in the British spoof.
16. Honey West (1965–1966)
30 min | Action, Crime, Drama
After the death of her father, sexy Honey West took over his high-tech private detective firm, assisted by rugged Sam Bolt and her pet ocelot Bruce.
This was more of a detective show, but it was draped in spy-fi trappings. Anne Francis is great as the very capable Honey West, who was far closer to Modesty Blaise than any of its cinematic efforts.
17. Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)
Approved | 88 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
Dr. Goldfoot has invented an army of bikini-clad robots who are programmed to seek out wealthy men and charm them into signing over their assets. Craig Gamble and Todd Armstrong set out to foil the fiendish plot.
Spy spoof featuring tv's Dobie Gillis, Frankie Avalon (sans Annette), and Vincent Price. It won't win any awards, but it's entertaining enough.
18. Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)
Not Rated | 82 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Nefarious mad scientist Dr. Goldfoot once again plots to take over the world by creating female robot bombs specifically designed to blow up high-ranking generals of NATO countries. ... See full summary »
Well, the first one did well enough to spawn a sequel. It's ok, better than some offerings out there.
19. The Silencers (1966)
102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Retired agent Matt Helm is re-activated in order to stop an evil organization from exploding an atom bomb over the USA and starting WWIII.
Now that Bond's a hit, it's time to take the mickey out of it. Enter Dean martin as Matt Helm. This is by far the best of the series, with plenty of gags that work, some of the silliest gadgets (a gun that fires backwards!), and a great cast.
20. The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966–1967)
60 min | Action, Adventure
The missions of agent April Dancer of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.
Spin-off from UNCLE, though not up to its standards (and they weren't that high for very long). Stephanie Powers is plenty sexy, though. Noel Harrison is there for some reason, but I can't fathom why.
21. Murderers' Row (1966)
Approved | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Handsome top-secret American agent Matt Helm must recover a laser-weapons inventor who has been kidnapped by arch-villain Julian Wall.
Matt Helm returns, and is joined by Karl Malden and Ann Margret. not as good as The Silencers, but still pretty entertaining. The hovercraft is pretty cool and there is a decent henchman.
22. Our Man Flint (1966)
Unrated | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
When scientists use eco-terrorism to impose their will on the world by affecting extremes in the weather, Intelligence Chief Cramden calls in top agent Derek Flint.
Votes: 5,113 | Gross: $16.00M
James Coburn stars in this superior spy spoof. Flint is a master of multiple disciplines and needs no weaponry, just a cigarette lighter. Lee J Cobb is a hoot and Flint's assistants put him one up on Bond.
23. Modesty Blaise (1966)
119 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A spy spoof in the 60s tradition featuring the comic book heroine Modesty Blaise set in the Italian Mediterranean.
Joseph Losey makes a hash of the wonderful comic strip. It is mostly a showcase for 60s camp, but it doesn't do much for the greatest female spy/adventurer. OK if you want surreal camp, not if you want serious action. Even Matt Helm took itself more seriously than this.
24. The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)
Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Romance
After a series of misunderstandings, the head of an aerospace research laboratory begins to suspect his new girlfriend is a Russian spy.
More rom-com than spy spoof, it has just enough elements of a spy parody to qualify. Doris Day and Rod Taylor make for a great couple, but Paul Lynde and Dom Deluise provide the laughs.
25. Funeral in Berlin (1966)
Not Rated | 102 min | Thriller
A British agent is sent to Berlin to receive a Communist defector, but the true situation turns out to be rather more complicated.
Harry Palmer is back and he must arrange for the defection of a Russian general. Everyone is lying in this one, and Palmer is in up to his neck. Great stuff here, with more action than IPCRESS.
26. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)
TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.
A brilliant premise sustained this long running tv series. A team of experts is assembled each week to carry out a seemingly impossible mission. It borrows more from the caper film than the spy film, but it was thrilling in its earlier days. Once they turned into more mundane crime fighters it kind of lost its charm.
27. What's Up, Tiger Lily? (1966)
PG | 80 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
In Woody Allen's directorial debut, he took the Japanese action film Kokusai himitsu keisatsu: Kagi no kagi (1965) and re-dubbed it, changing the plot to make it revolve around a secret egg salad recipe.
Woody Allen redubbing of a Japanese spy movie, where everyone is looking for the secret formula for egg salad. Prettty darn funny and a precursor to Mad Movies and MST3K.
28. Secret Agent Super Dragon (1966)
95 min | Thriller, Mystery
A series of murders in Michigan lead an American secret agent to Amsterdam, where he uncovers a plot to imperil the world with a potent new drug.
An Italian spoof. Not as charming or surreal as the later Operation Kid Brother. This is best viewed with the MST3K gang.
29. You Only Live Twice (1967)
PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked.
Votes: 82,910 | Gross: $43.08M
This is superspy insanity at its best! Space capsule-swallowing rockets, volcano bases, Little Nellie, and a ninja commando assault. More Ken Adams sets are here to astound and amaze, while the look and the plot is swiped by everyone, from movies to comic books. Argueably the best Bond for sheer mayhem!
30. In Like Flint (1967)
Unrated | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Super-spy Flint takes on a cabal of women plotting to rule the world.
Votes: 4,429 | Gross: $11.00M
Derek Flint returns and finds himself up against some liberated ladies. Well, on paper anyway. This isn't likely to make the top of Gloria Steinum's favorite list, but it's a lot of fun. One of the inspirations for Austin Powers.
31. The Ambushers (1967)
Not Rated | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Secret agent Matt Helm must battle foreign spies and a rogue nation's exiled ruler in order to recover a hijacked U.S. government experimental flying saucer.
Matt Helme returns and the series starts to drag under its own weight. The villain is pretty tame and things get kind of dull. definitely the low point of the series.
32. Billion Dollar Brain (1967)
Not Rated | 111 min | Crime, Thriller
A former British spy stumbles into in a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom?
Things are really getting weird here. Harry finds himself working for a computer, then finds out the boss is a crazed Texan oil baron and ersatz John Birch-er. Palmer discovers he must protect the USSR to stop WWIII! Ken Russell turns this into one for the ages.
33. The Prisoner (1967–1968)
TV-PG | 50 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After resigning, a secret agent is abducted and taken to what looks like an idyllic village, but is really a bizarre prison. His warders demand information. He gives them nothing, but only tries to escape.
McGoohan returns as a spy who finds himself whisked away to the Village; a home for people who know too much. The masters want to know why Number 6 resigned, but 6 is defiance personified. Very cerebral series that explores multiple issues, from individualtiy vs society, knowledge vs rote memorization, paranoia, surveillance culture, power games, identity, and much much more.
34. Callan (1967–1972)
60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and country" under duress. This... See full summary »
Mesmerizing spy series from ITV, featuring Edward Woodward as an ex-criminal turned government dirty tricks agent. Great drama as Woodward is forced to carry out distasteful jobs.
35. Operation Kid Brother (1967)
Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller
The evil crime syndicate Thanatos is bent on taking over the world, using a magnetic wave generator that will cause all metal-based machinery to grind to a halt. However, the well-known ... See full summary »
Sean's brother Neil (a bricklayer) stars in this Italian parody of the Bond films, complete with Bond veterans Lois Maxwell, bernard Lee, Anthony Dawes, Adolfo Celli, and Daniella Bianchi. Better than it has a right to be, it is best viewed with Joel and the Bots.
36. Casino Royale (1967)
Not Rated | 131 min | Comedy
In an early spy spoof, aging Sir James Bond comes out of retirement to take on SMERSH.
Before Daniel Craig, there was Peter Sellers, Woody Allen, and David Niven as James Bond. Too many cooks spoil this concoction, but it has some mind-blowing moments.
37. Fathom (1967)
Approved | 99 min | Adventure, Comedy
In Spain, an American skydiver is recruited by Western intelligence agents to recover a lost H-bomb detonator from hostile foreign agents.
Raquel Welch stars in this spy spoof. Well, at least there are plenty of scenes of Raquel in a bikini.
38. Come Spy with Me (1967)
85 min | Action, Drama
Young American girl tries to solve the murders of two Americans in the Caribbean.
Another 60s spy spoof. Troy Donahue stars, but there is nothing of merit here.
39. The Wrecking Crew (1968)
PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
The count has stolen enough gold to cause a financial crisis in the world markets so I.C.E. sends in ace spy Matt Helm to stop him. As Matt works alone, the British send in Freya to aid ... See full summary »
Matt Helm gets one last go and it is a step up from the Ambushers. A gold theft is at the center of this one and they actually try to keep things relatively serious. Not a bad end for Matt Helm and ICE.
40. The Champions (1968–1969)
60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Craig Stirling, Sharron Macready and Richard Barrett were agents for Nemesis, an international intelligence organization based in Geneva. Their first mission as a team was to investigate ... See full summary »
Superspies, with the emphasis on "super". Three agents survive a plane crash in the Himalayas, where they encounter a being who teaches them to harness their untapped abilities. The show combines spy plots with superhero stunts. A nice change of pace.
41. Maitei Jyakku (1968– )
Japanese spy-fi series from Tsuburaya. Redited into a rather disjointed feature, which was then dubbed and distributed in the US by Sandy Frank. An easy target for MST3k in it's original incarnation (at KTMA) and the Comedy Central version.
42. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
PG | 142 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world.
Votes: 66,933 | Gross: $22.80M
Connery is gone, but George Lazenby does a far better job than he has been credited. This was also a bit of a return to a more serious plot and it is handled very well. Gadgets are at a minimum, but there are exciting chase sequences, a thrilling helicopter assault, and the bobsled fight stacks up well with the train fight in FRWL.
43. Department S (1969–1970)
60 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
An elite department within Interpol, Department S inherited those cases which the other member groups had failed to solve. The brains of the group was Jason King, a hedonistic maverick who ... See full summary »
Excellent spy/detective series from ITV. A trio of agents solves baffling cases. Peter Wyngarde's Jason King steals the series and would soon headline his own, thoguh it never quite lived up to this.
44. Jason King (1971–1972)
60 min | Action, Adventure
After leaving Department S, the hedonistic, womanizing dandy Jason King settled down to a full-time career of writing (trashy) Mark Caine novels. He philandered his way around the world, ... See full summary »
Things are much sillier here and Peter Wyngarde's wardrobe is the trippiest thing this side of Doctor Who.
45. Diamonds Are Forever (1971)
GP | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A diamond smuggling investigation leads James Bond to Las Vegas, where he uncovers an evil plot involving a rich business tycoon.
Votes: 81,532 | Gross: $43.82M
Connery returns for a big payoff, but things are really getting silly. Jimmy Dean is a southern fried Howard Hughes and Charles Gray is more charming than chilling as Bloefeld. Wynt and Kidd are the oddest assassins in the series. It has moments, but it is a bad sign of the things to come.
46. The Doll Squad (1973)
PG | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Squad of beautiful government agents tries to catch saboteurs.
More Charlie's Angels (before the show existed) than spy film, it features a squad of female agents who infiltrate a madman's island to stop the launch of a missile. Bad acting galore but the action is pretty good and the women are great.
47. Live and Let Die (1973)
PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.
Votes: 82,575 | Gross: $35.38M
Roger Moore's debut. Bond is mixed with Blaxploitation, with very mixed results. Since the plot is weak, they go for broke with stunts, with the boat jump the highlight. A good cast can't fully elevate the weak premise, but they give it their all.
48. The MacKintosh Man (1973)
PG | 98 min | Thriller
A member of British Intelligence assumes a fictitious criminal identity and allows himself to be caught, imprisoned, and freed in order to infiltrate a spy organization and expose a traitor.
This one is a bit of a mixed bag. Paul Newman stars as a spy who is set up as a criminal, to infiltrate a group and uncover a Soviet mole. It's got a great cast and some excellent scenes; but, it's a bit uneven in its pace. It's a decent thriller, though.
49. Enter the Dragon (1973)
R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.
Votes: 83,972 | Gross: $25.00M
Bruce Lee mixes martial arts with a bit of spy work. A huge influence on the very spy-heavy Marvel Comics Master of Kung Fu series. Tremendous action, though Mr. Han is another Fu Manchu rip-off.
50. Cleopatra Jones (1973)
PG | 89 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
During the 1970s, U.S. Special Agent Cleopatra Jones proves to be an invaluable asset to the local police forces in the war on drugs.
More Blaxploitation fun with a government agent who targets a heroin ring, led by Shelly Winters. Tamara Dobson makes for a beautiful, but deadly spy. Really more of a crime story, it has enough international elements to cross it into the spy world.
51. The Six Million Dollar Man (1974–1978)
60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
After a crippled test pilot is rebuilt with nuclear powered limbs and implants, he serves as a unique intelligence agent.
More spy oriented in the early days, but a great adventure series overall. The novel was even more spy-fi.
52. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world's most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder.
Votes: 81,430 | Gross: $20.97M
Moore is back and he is facing Dracula! Well, Christopher Lee, at least. Lee is excellent as the master assassin, which makes it a shame they felt the need to attach a weaker stolen solar energy device subplot to his character. Mostly good, but pointless stunts and misplaced (and racist) comedy pulls it a bit off track.
53. Callan (1974)
PG | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
Greg Callan's cousin, David Callan top agent/assassin for the S.I.S., was forced to retire because he had lost his nerve. Now, Callan is called back into service to handle the assassination... See full summary »
Movie version of the tv series, featuring Edward Woodward and Russell Hunter in the same roles. The plot is a reworking of the Callan pilot, "A Magnum for Schneider." Excellent piece of drama, with the film budget allowing for things the tv series couldn't do.
54. Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold (1975)
R | 94 min | Action
When fellow operatives (and childhood friends) Matthew Johnson and Melvin Johnson disappear during an undercover mission in Hong Kong, Cleopatra Jones (Tamara Dobson) travels there to find ... See full summary »
More fun with Cleo, this time in the Orient. Stella Stevens is the baddie here.
55. The Bionic Woman (1976–1978)
60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After fully recovering from her nearly fatal bout of bionic rejection, Jaime Sommers, the first female cyborg, is assigned to spy missions of her own.
Spin off from the Six Million Dollar Man, starring Lindsey Wagner. Started well bet quickly ran out of ideas.
56. The New Avengers (1976–1977)
60 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
John Steed and his new accomplices Purdey and Gambit find themselves facing new and deadly dangers in the bizarre world of espionage. Mixing fantasy with a darker edge, the trio face ... See full summary »
Steed returns with a new generation of agents. Joanna Lumley is great as Purdy, the female keister-kicker, but Gareth Hunt has little to do as Gambit. Macnee proves he isn't past it. The series starts well, but goes south when the producers really tighten the pursestrings.
57. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
PG | 125 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads, with the help of a K.G.B. Agent, whose lover he killed.
Votes: 84,221 | Gross: $46.80M
Moore gets a better plot, though one mostly cobbled from You Only Live Twice and Thunderball. much more exciting than previous outings, with a nice subplot about a vengeance-seeeking Russian agent who must work with Bond. The big commando attack makes a welcome return here.
58. Black Samurai (1976)
R | 88 min | Action, Crime
Robert Sand, agent of D.R.A.G.O.N. (Defense Reserve Agency Guardian Of Nations), is playing tennis on his vacation with a beautiful black girl, when his commanding officers ask him to save a Chinese girl who happens to be Sand's girlfriend, and the daughter of a top Eastern Ambassador. The ransom for the abduction was the secret for a terrific new weapon - the freeze bomb - but the 'Warlock' ... See full summary »
Jim Kelly stars in this Blaxploitation spy film, complete with jetpacks and midget assassins.
59. Moonraker (1979)
PG | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
James Bond investigates the mid-air theft of a space shuttle, and discovers a plot to commit global genocide.
Votes: 76,963 | Gross: $70.31M
An attempt at cashing in on Star Wars really undermines this one, not to mention turning a great henchman into a comedy figure. Some good stuff early on, but the second half drops the ball.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979)
TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Thriller
Smiley goes to meet Jim Prideaux who is now back in Britain having survived his experience in Czechoslovakia. His testimony and that of others sheds new light on the "Testify" fiasco and source "Merlin".
Original adaptation of Le Carre's masterpiece. Alec Guinness is george Smiley, the unassuming man who must ferret out a mole within British intelligence. A wonderful showcase of great acting talent.
61. A Man Called Sloane (1979–1980)
60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Sloane is a freelance spy. Although he doesn't work for the government, he frequently accepts assignments from The Director, a head of a secret government agency. He's assisted by Torque, a... See full summary »
Robert Conrad returns to spy-fi in this later series. Thomas Sloane was no James West and budget greatly hindered things. Ji-tu Cumbuka was pretty memorable as Torque, though.
62. The Wild Wild West Revisited (1979 TV Movie)
PG | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
In 1885, after years of retirement, West is called in from his Mexican home, and Gordon is taken off the road as a Shakespearian actor to track down and arrest Dr. Michelito Loveless, Jr. ... See full summary »
Jim and Artie are reunited to face the threat of Miguelito Loveless Jr. (Paul Williams). it's nice to see the guys back, and the film is fairly entertaining, but played too much for laughs.
63. More Wild Wild West (1980 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 94 min | Comedy, Western, Adventure
Robert Conrad and Ross Martin reprise their roles as Secret Service agents of the 1890s.
Second reunion of Jim and Artie. It would not produce a third or a revived series.
64. The Nude Bomb (1980)
PG | 94 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Maxwell Smart is recalled to duty to help fight a villian who threatens to detonate a weapon that destroys clothing.
Votes: 2,668 | Gross: $14.66M
Get Smart reunion movie that lives up to its title.
65. For Your Eyes Only (1981)
PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.
Votes: 79,055 | Gross: $62.30M
A welcome detour into more serious territory for Moore. Vengeance and stolen code transmitters steam this one along. My favorite of Moore's work.
66. Wet Job (1981 TV Movie)
90 min | Drama
Ten years after leaving the S.I.S., former agent/assassin David Callan is living a quiet life as the owner/operator of a militaria shop. He is forced out of retirement to participate in one... See full summary »
Reunion special for Callan and Lonely. It's a bit shaky here and there, but good overall.
67. Danger Mouse (1981–1992)
TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family
Danger Mouse, the greatest secret agent in the world, must follow Colonel K's orders (and try not to break Professor Squawkencluck's inventions) to foil Baron Greenback's and his henchman Stiletto's plans.
The adventures of the World's Greatest Secret Agent (with the World's Worst Assistant), as he battles the maleavolent Baron Silas Greenback. Really more of a superhero parody, the show is brilliant fun.
68. Smiley's People (1982)
360 min | Drama, Mystery
Called out of retirement to settle the affairs of a friend, Smiley finds his old organization, the Circus, so overwhelmed by political considerations that it doesn't want to know what ... See full summary »
Alec Guiness returns in the concluding part of the Karla saga. Smiley must seize the opportunity to destroy Karla as a threat. Not quite up to TTSS, it nonetheless features another great cast.
69. Modesty Blaise (1982 TV Movie)
50 min | Action, Crime, Drama
The plot, set in what appears to be Los Angeles, involves Modesty and Willie preventing the kidnap of a young girl who turns out to be a computer genius and has been working for Tarrant's ... See full summary »
A failed pilot for a Modesty tv series. Ann Turkel and Lewis Van Bergen make for a rather bland Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin. It didn't help that it looked like every other detective show on television.
70. Octopussy (1983)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
Votes: 81,682 | Gross: $67.90M
Things are sliding back into camp, but they aren't completely there yet. The film has a pretty good plot and could have sustained without the silly gags. Stephen Berkoff and Louis Jordan are excellent, on the villains' side.
71. Never Say Never Again (1983)
PG | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A SPECTRE agent has stolen two American nuclear warheads, and James Bond must find their targets before they are detonated.
Votes: 53,031 | Gross: $55.50M
Sean Connery is once again enticed to return to Bond by a big paycheck. Only, this time, it's for a rival Bond picture, based on Kevin McLorey's script rights. The result is a tepid remake of Thunderball that has a few moments, but mostly looks sad. Connery looked old in Diamonds and hasn't reversed time here. Barbara Carrera is one of the few shining lights in this production.
72. Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983)
720 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.
British tv series, based on the real life exploits of British master spy Sidney Reilly. Sam Neil is excellent.
73. The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair (1983 TV Movie)
96 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
When THRUSH steals a nuclear weapon and demands a ransom delivered by Napoleon Solo, UNCLE recalls him and his partner to duty.
Solo and Kuryakin are brought back together to stop Anthony Zerbe from detonating a nuclear device. The agents have lost a few steps but they get back into the swing of things. The film is hampered by budget constraints but it is mostly entertaining, with a decent climax. Oddly, a new UNCLE Special pistol was specially created for the film, but is barely seen. There are cameos from Patrick Macnee and George Lazenby (as the Aston Martin driving "JB").
74. Masquerade (1983–1984)
60 min | Adventure, Thriller
An intelligence organization recruits civilian specialists for individual missions requiring their skills.
Rod Taylor stars in this spy series which borrows a bit from the Mission Impossible formula. It was decent.
75. Cover Up (1984–1985)
60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A fashion photographer and a veteran special forces soldier posing as her model go on intelligence missions around the world.
Jennifer O'Niell stars in this spy series, where her cover is a fashion photogrpaher. John-Erik Hexum is her model and a former soldier. A decent series that was marred by Hexum's accidental on-set death (while playing with a blank gun that dislodged its wadding into his skull). Hexum was replaced with a credible successor, Antony Hamilton, but the show never really recovered.
76. Airwolf (1984 TV Movie)
85 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A scientist who has created a super helicopter has defected to Libya and taken the machine with him. A secretive government agency hires an ex-Vietnam War pilot to go to Libya, steal the chopper and bring it back.
The pilot movie for Airwolf was more of an espionage drama than the regular series. The inventor of a high tech attack helicopter steals his own invention and takes it to Libya, to sell to Col. Gadaffi (or the highest bidder). Archangel, the head of "the company," recruits former test pilot and agent Stringfellow Hawk to get it back. Excellent intrigue and drama, with a fine cast, including Jan Michael Vincent, Ernest Borgnine, David Hemmings, Alex Cord, and Belinda Bauer.
77. Airwolf (1984–1986)
60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
As part of a deal with an intelligence agency to look for his missing brother, a renegade pilot goes on missions with an advanced battle helicopter.
Tv series spawned by the success of the pilot movie. It's more technothriller than spy thriller, however there is plenty of intrigue. The series format and the helicopter stunts meant that stock footage was used often, leading a bit of sameness to episodes. It kind of runs out of steam rather quickly, then tries some cast changes. It was a pretty good series for a couple of seasons; but it really needed more of a story arc to propel it forward. Alas, that wasn't common in US television, at this point.
78. The Equalizer (1985–1989)
60 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A retired Intelligence Agent turned private detective helps various threatened clients to equalize the odds.
Not exactly a spy series; but, McCall is a retired secret agent who employs his skills and contacts to carry out his missions. Several episodes revolved around his past in the profession, or were related to operations within "the company." Essentially, the series is one part spy, once part crime drama, one part private eye, and a little bit urban vigilante, rolled up into an excellent series, with a great actor. Tons of guest appearances by some notable actors.
79. A View to a Kill (1985)
PG | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California's Silicon Valley.
Votes: 75,504 | Gross: $50.33M
Pretty much the nadir of the Moore films. Moore is way too old and comes across as creepy when he is wooing Tanya Roberts. Roerts is the blandest Bond Girl yet, while Patrick MacNee is wasted. Only Christopher Walken is worth watching.
80. Code Name: Foxfire (1985– )
60 min | Action, Drama
The President of the United States assigns his brother to assemble a covert team of female counter-intelligence operatives, reporting only to him. The leader is former CIA operative Liz "... See full summary »
Spy series, featuring Joanna Cassidy. Cassidy is good, but she doesn't have much to work with.
81. The Living Daylights (1987)
PG | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond is living on the edge to stop an evil arms dealer from starting another world war. Bond crosses all seven continents in order to stop the evil Whitaker and General Koskov.
Votes: 76,054 | Gross: $51.19M
Timothy Dalton takes over and gets a mostly good script to work with. He presents a more serious Bond, closer in tone to the novels. Unfortunately, he is saddled with a weaker villain.
82. Mission: Impossible (1988–1990)
47 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.
Revived tv series with a new generation cast. Old cast members are quickly called upon to rescue this series from low ratings.
83. The Bourne Identity (1988– )
Unrated | 185 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
An injured, unconscious man washes ashore in a small French town. As he recovers, it becomes quite clear, someone is trying to kill him.
This tv effort never really did Jason Bourne justice. Focuses more on the paranoia, rather than the deadly skills.
84. Licence to Kill (1989)
PG-13 | 133 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond goes rogue and sets off to unleash vengeance on a drug lord who tortured his best friend, a C.I.A. Agent, and left him for dead and murdered his bride after he helped capture him.
Votes: 81,012 | Gross: $34.67M
It's a nice idea, with Bond gone AWOL, seeking revenge for the attack on Felix Leiter and the murder of Leiter's wife. Too bad the villain is a less than impressive drug dealer, quite a comedown from the KGB and SPECTRE.
85. Get Smart, Again! (1989 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
Smart is called back to duty as KAOS is back causing trouble again with a 'weather machine'.
Much better reunion for Max and 99. Still not quite the original, but better than the last attempt.
86. The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (1990 TV Movie)
Unrated | 100 min | Adventure, Biography, War
The Secret Life of Ian Fleming follows the exciting life of a dashing young Ian Fleming, the mastermind behind the highly successful James Bond books and movies. As a womanizer and a ... See full summary »
This qualifies because it is mostly fiction. The film features Sean Connery's son Jason as author Ian Fleming, and tries to shoehorn bits of Flemings life into his literary creations. Connery is pretty bland and most of what is depicted never happened (or not anywhere like what is depicted). The real Fleming had an interesting enough life to sustain a movie, without the nonsense.
87. La Femme Nikita (1990)
R | 117 min | Action, Thriller
Convicted felon Nikita, instead of going to jail, is given a new identity and trained, stylishly, as a top secret spy/assassin.
Votes: 59,823 | Gross: $5.02M
Anne Parrilaud is a drugged out street thug who murders a policeman. She finds herself forcibly recruited by the French security services to become an agent and assassin. Brilliant film from Luc Besson, featuring Jean Reno, Jean Hughes Anglade, Jean Moreau, and Tchecky Karyo. Wonderful look and great music from Eric Serra.
88. The Piglet Files (1990–1992)
30 min | Comedy
While taking a walk, Peter Chapman and his wife, Sarah, are followed by two bungling spies, Dexter and Lewis, who find it difficult to take photos of their quarry. Peter, an Electronics ... See full summary »
Spy satire from London Weekend Television. Charming, if short-lived.
89. Hei mao (1991)
91 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Catherine is a violent and disturbed young lady who is shot down by the government in one of her escapades. She wakes up in a training facility and is taught to use weapons, combat, and is ... See full summary »
Hong Kong version of Nikita. It swipes the premise, but not much else. Fairly average for the period.
90. James Bond Jr. (1991–1992)
TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Action, Family
The adventures of the nephew of the greatest of the spies.
91. Point of No Return (1993)
R | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Drug addict Maggie Hayward's consistent violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber. However, top secret U.S. government Agent "Bob" arranges a staged death, so Maggie ... See full summary »
Votes: 22,143 | Gross: $30.04M
American remake of La Femme Nikita. Like most remakes, it fails.
92. Fortune Hunter (1994– )
50 min | Drama
The weekly adventures of former British agent Carlton Dial, who now works for a private corporation called Intercept, which is in the business of recovering stolen property. Dial uses the ... See full summary »
Decent little series from Fox, but found itself cancelled quickly. It had great potential and was better than mostFox offerings of the period.
93. GoldenEye (1995)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond teams up with the lone survivor of a destroyed Russian research center to stop the hijacking of a nuclear space weapon by a fellow Agent formerly believed to be dead.
Votes: 213,366 | Gross: $106.60M
Pierce Brosnan finally gets to play the role he was born for. After NBC stabbed him in the back, Brosnan gets his chance to shine. he is ably assisted by a pretty good script, an excellent villain in Sean Bean's rogue 00, and a fine cast of supporting players, including: Robbie Coultrane, Judi Dench, Samantha Bond, Famke Jansen, and Alan Cumming. Joe Don Baker is even pretty good.
94. Get Smart (1995)
30 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Maxwell Smart, now Chief of Control, has to deal with his own bumbling secret agent, his son Zach.
Fairly forgettable attempt at a new version, starring Andy Dick. Barbara Feldon was the only reason to watch.
95. Bullet to Beijing (1995 TV Movie)
R | 122 min | Action, Thriller
A retired British spy is called back into service by his government to help prevent North Korea from getting its hands on a deadly virus called "The Red Death."
Michael Caine returns in theis cable tv movie, with international financing. Palmer quits the service and finds himself working for a Russian oligarch. It tries but the script and budget aren't there. The film is helped by the presence of Michael Gambon and Burt Kwouk, but Jason Connery doesn't add much. Michael Sarrazin is a mixed bag.
96. Mission: Impossible (1996)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.
Votes: 330,864 | Gross: $180.98M
Update of the tv series, featuring Tom Cruise. A bit of a slap in the face for fans, but a decent movie.
97. Midnight in Saint Petersburg (1996 TV Movie)
R | 89 min | Thriller
Former British secret agent Harry Palmer now runs a Private Investigation company in Russia. He gets a job to locate and recover a consignment of stolen Plutonium, and with the help of ... See full summary »
Second Harry Palmer reunion cable movie. Not as good as the previous effort.
98. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy
A 1960s hipster secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place.
Votes: 196,906 | Gross: $53.88M
Great little throwback to the spy spoof. Mike Myers mixes a bit of Matt Helm with some Derek Flint and Harry Palmer (and a dash of Jason King) to create the silliest spy in ages. Dr. Evil is the real brilliance here, though. the cast is excellent and the script first rate. Also features a nice nod to the Avengers.
99. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
James Bond heads to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage.
Votes: 160,788 | Gross: $125.33M
Weaker sophmore effort from Brosnan. It's not his fault though. Michelle Yeoh is a nice addition, but Johnathan Pryce's mad media baron just doesn't cut the mustard. Really? Robert Maxwell/Rupert Murdoch as a Bond villain? The stuff with the stealth ship is pretty good, though, and the motorcycle chase is suitably thrilling.
100. La Femme Nikita (1997–2001)
60 min | Action, Drama, Romance
Section One, a clandestine anti-terrorist organization, fakes the death of a jailed, convicted murderer and, believing her twin assets of beauty and ability to kill will make her a valuable... See full summary »
TV version of the French masterpiece. Peta Wilson doesn't exactly set the world on fire.