I’ve long been a fan of the spy genre. Growing up I would watch the Bond films or the Man from U.N.C.L.E tv show with my Dad before graduating to the Bond novels. I even spent a chunk of my time studying Ian Fleming’s novels for my undergraduate dissertation. So naturally I was very excited when Spectre (or is it SPECTRE?) was announced. It was only then that when looking through the film release schedule for 2015 did I notice that this year will be a thrilling an entertaining one. Many, many films that fit in to the spy genre are set to hit the big screen so why celebrate that?
I’m going to try and blog my trips to the cinema as well as couple them with a number of espionage novels I’ve been meaning to read. Here’s to a thrilling year!
January: Don’t Point at Mortdecai Shoot to Kill by Steve Cole (Review here) Don’t Point That Thing at Me by Kyril Bonfiglioli (described as Fleming meets Wodehouse!) (Review here)
February: Secrets The Secret Service by Mark Millar Kingsman: The Secret Service (film) Blackhat (film)
March: Happy Birthday Sir Michael The Ipcress File (film) The Ipcress File by Len Deighton
The Gunman (film)
April: John Buchan The 39 Steps by John Buchan The 39 Steps(film)
May: Graham Greene Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene Our Man in Havana (film)
Spooks: The Greater Good (film)
June: Q-Branch Firefox – billed as the first ‘techno-thriller’ The Hunt for Red October (film)
July: Spoofs Austin Powers (film) Grimsby (film)
August: Say UNCLE The Spy with No Face (film version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E tv show) The Man from U.N.C.L.E (film)
September: First and Last Bonds Casino Royale by Ian Fleming New Bond Novel by Anthony Horowitz
October: Tinkering & Tailoring John le Carre novel (undecided) A Most Wanted Man (film)
St James’ Place (film)
November: Spectre-aculur The Blofeld Trilogy by Ian Fleming Spectre (film)
December: Impossible Missions Mission: Impossible TV series Mission:Impossible 5 (film)
Any spy novels or films I should be looking out for?