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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth Headline Two New Spy Films This Year

(l) Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko in The November Man; (r) Colin Firth in Kingsman

While folks continue to banter about who they want to play James Bond next (though Daniel Craig is reported to be attached to the upcoming two sequels--Bond 24 and Bond 26), this year we'll see a brand new set of spies taking over the big screen. Releasing nearly two months apart, THE NOVEMBER MAN and KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE both look to give 007 a run for his money. Which means, they'll have to come up with other catchphrases because shaken, not stirred is already taken.

Ironically enough, the former Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan, stars in the earlier one up this year. THE NOVEMBER MAN, in theaters August 27th, sees the actor as an ex-CIA operative brought back to the game for one more mission. Read more:

Code named ‘The November Man’, Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko). He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.
Director Roger Donaldson (Species, The Bank Job) helmed the project.

I don't know about you, but I'm just happy to see Brosnan kicking ass in a suit again. The rest is just gravy. And I know a lot of people are lukewarm on Kurylenko (mostly those who saw her in Oblivion and not To the Wonder), but I still see her potential. Watch the teaser trailer:

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE is the other spy flick, which will come to theaters a week before Halloween (October 24th) and star Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man). The Oscar winner plays mentor to a young spy recruit (Taron Egerton) in the film, which also stars Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson. Check out the official synopsis:

Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, X-Men First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.

Here's the trailer:

Truthfully, I'm leaning more toward the former film, but I still think it's pretty cool that we're getting a small resurgence of spy films coming down the pipeline (especially as I wait with bated breath for Mission: Impossible 5 next year Christmas).

Anyone else a spy movie fan? Share your thoughts below. 


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