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Our Kind of Traitor – In Cinemas Friday May 13 – From James Bond to Johnny English: Top 5 Spy Films

12 May 2016

From stylish Bond to slapstick Johnny English, spy films have been a family favourite over the years. Now Daniel Craig has hung up his tux, the media is buzzing with rumours of who the next 007 could be. Indris Elba? Tom Hiddleston? Or even Damien Lewis?

Lewis’ MI6 character in his new film Our Kind of Traitor has made critics wonder if he could be next for the role. Here we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 spy films that can’t be missed!

James Bond, Goldfinger (1964)

It’s impossible to pick the best Bond film, so we’ve gone for the one that first introduced his Aston Martin DB5 and set the convention of Bond escaping just in the nick of time from villainous murder attempts. The franchise set the way for all other spy films, including a number of spoofs.




The Bourne Identity (2002)

The Bourne Identity was based on the novel by Robert Ludlum. Matt Damon plays Jason Bourne, the amnesiac spy who is being lethally perused by assassins. The film set the way for Damon as a leading man, and he’ll be returning to the role in Jason Bourne, which is set for UK release this summer.




Johnny English (2003)

Rowen Atkinson starred in the hit comedy following the clumsy antics of Jonny English, a confident yet unintelligent spy. After a terror attack on MI5, English is the only spy left to save England from the evil French villain, Pascal Sauvage.




Spy (2015)

The hilarious comedy follows Melissa McCarthy as a desk-bound CIA agent who is forced to follow a deadly arms dealer and prevent global disaster. The film was a commercial and critical success and was nominated for a number of awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.




Our Kind of Traitor (2016)

Starring Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris and Damien Lewis, Our Kind of Traitor follows an English couple that befriend a member of the Russian mafia whilst on holiday in Marrakesh. After helping him with a secret favour, the couple get caught in a dangerous world of international espionage and dirty politics.




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