Spy Games: The Prize (1963)

My latest installment of "Spy Games" is available to read at the Movie Morlocks and this time I'm discussing Mark Robson's sxy espionage thriller THE PRIZE (1963) starring Paul Newman, Elke Sommer, Edward G. Robinson and Diane Baker. Here's a little sample from my Morlock post: "THE PRIZE was based on a bestselling novel by … Continue reading Spy Games: The Prize (1963)

Spy Games: The Looking Glass War (1969)

The second installment of my ongoing Spy Games series is now available at the Movie Morlocks and this time I'm focusing my attention on Frank Pierson's neglected John le Carre adaption, THE LOOKING GLASS WAR (1969). I first saw THE LOOKING GLASS WAR when I was just a kid. A lot of the film's more … Continue reading Spy Games: The Looking Glass War (1969)

Seth Holt’s DANGER ROUTE (1967)

Top: Richard Johnson and Carol Lynley Bottom: Barbara Bouchet and Diana Dors After hearing the news about John Walker's death recently I started thinking a lot about '60s spy films and I got the urge to watch Deadlier Than the Male (1967) again. Afterward I started obsessing over the male lead, Richard Johnson. I've always … Continue reading Seth Holt’s DANGER ROUTE (1967)

The Walker Brothers – Deadlier Than the Male

Top: The Walker Brothers - John, Gary & Scott Bottom: Sylva Koscina, Elke Sommer & Nigel Green in Deadlier Than the Male (1967) I was disappointed to learn that John Walker (aka John Maus) of The Walker Brothers died on May 7, 2011 after a long battle with cancer. He was 67 years old. The … Continue reading The Walker Brothers – Deadlier Than the Male

Anne Francis in The Satan Bug (1965)

Anne Francis in (1965) I was disappointed to learn that Anne Francis had passed away on January 2, 2011 so I decided to revisit one of her best films, John Sturges' action-packed sci-fi thriller The Satan Bug (1965) for the Movie Morlocks. Sturges is an undervalued director and like many of Sturges' movies, The Satan … Continue reading Anne Francis in The Satan Bug (1965)

Talking With Trina

Trina Parks in Diamonds Are Forever (1971) I recently had the opportunity to interview the actress Trina Parks who appeared in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and the fascinating blaxploitation movie Darktown Strutters (1975). Trina was really fun to talk to and I learned a lot about her during our exchange. You … Continue reading Talking With Trina

Modern Mondays: OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)

If you've been reading Cinebeats for awhile you're probably well aware of my fascination and fondness for spies. From the smart and exceptional Prisoner to the ridiculously silly Last of the Secret Agents?, I never seem to get tired of watching spy movies or television shows as long as they have a good soundtrack accompanying … Continue reading Modern Mondays: OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006)