Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!

Cracking the Code of Spy Movies!

oin us in Cracking the Code of Spy Movies! We will look for inter-connections, relationships, unique concepts, and key scenes in all these genres so that we can all discover something new. We examine how spy films influence each other and how real world events impact spy movies! Join Tom and Dan on this continuous adventure, diving into spy movies like Bond, Bourne, Mission: Impossible and the best of the all the rest - from 1935 on! So, join us now and we’ll all become spy movie navigators! We will navigate our way through all these spy movie genres together through podcasts, videos, online discussions, submission by our Community and more! We will interview authors, movie personnel, and many others who are part of the spy movie community! We will have podcasts from cool locations too, and continue to visit spy movie location sites throughout the world! We're building a Worldwide Community of Spy Movie Fans, and you're invited!


September 26, 2023 24 mins

Today we talk to the most famous graphic designer no one knows: Joe Caroff!  62 years ago, Joe created one of the most identifiable movie logos in history - the 007 logo!

In this episode, we talk with Joe about his work on not just the 007 logo the entire world knows, but his other contributions to the James Bond movie legacy, his non-Bond design work, and more abou...

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SPY KIDS: ARMAGEDDON is the just released kids spy movie. You can find it on Netflix. We give you our non-spoiler look at this movie and let you know if we think this is worth watching. We also talk about why it has a PG rating and is family friendly.

SPY KIDS: ARMAGEDDON is the fifth installment in the Spy Kids franchise. It has an all-new cast and characters. As w...

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Mark Cerulli is a writer, producer, and director who helped create the “Making Of” series giving us the behind the scenes look at GOLDFINGER and THUNDERBALL.

Mark tells us how the series was made, behind the scenes stories, his interactions with Sean Connery, and much more.

Mark also discusses his documentary BY DESIGN: T...

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GOLDFINGER - Oddjob Character Spotlight: Today we dig deeply into the character of Oddjob  in GOLDFINGER - superbly and memorably played by Harold Sakata!

GOLDFINGER set the standard for the James Bond formula. Oddjob is a character that must be placed in our Character Spotlight, as Harold Sakata’s portrayal of Oddjob is flawless.

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HEART OF STONE - First Reactions - No Spoilers: Another spy movie with Artificial Intelligence at its heart, it has explosions, double crosses, an excellent cast, and most spy movie tropes you can think of. We’ll look at these and other components of the just-released Netflix movie starring Gal Gadot, HEART OF STONE.   

Listen as we give you our no-spoiler review. W...

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With "Quarrel Played by John Kitzmiller in DR. NO", we are kicking off our new series where we look at character profiles of supporting roles in spy movies. We'll look at the actor, the role, and how this character enhances and enriches the movie.

So, how does Quarrel's role develop throughout DR. NO? How did John Kitzmiller's acting bring out the character of Quarr...

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MR-9-DO OR DIE, SALAAR, AMATEUR, SPY X FAMILY CODE: WHITE, MAGGIORE, RED NOTICE 2, and BLINDSPOT are just some of the upcoming spy movies or series that we’ll fill you in on today in our Spy Movie News - July 25 2023 edition.  Take a listen as we talk about these movies or series that you may not yet have heard about.

We also discuss some industry news both for spy movies/series as well a...

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Welcome to our fourth anniversary show! Yes, and our podcast show, Cracking the Code of Spy Movies have just passed their fourth anniversary. Thanks to all of you for listening and getting us here!

Join Dan and Tom as they look back on the past year. It has been an exciting one with interview highlights with Trina Parks, Robert Davi, Julian Glo...

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Dan and Tom just saw MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - DEAD RECKONING PART ONE. Take a listen as they give you their no-spoiler first impression of the movie.  Is it dead-on or dead-wrong?

Is it worth your time and money to go see it? Does the plot work? How's the acting, the score, and the cinematography? How were the stunts? Did the marketing spoil some of the thrills?

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What is the Mission: Impossible arc that covers the first six movies with Ethan Hunt? Really? Is there an arc? If so, was the arc always there but needed to be exposed in the most recent Mission: Impossible movies? Or did they create the arc after the first couple of Ethan Hunt Bond movies?

Well, take a listen as we talk with Mike Reyes of to hear hi...

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What’s new in the spy movie world?  In this Spy Movie News June 27 2023 edition, we look the upcoming spy movies or series: Trust No One, Fubar, Heart of Stone, Argylle, The Wild Wild West, and of course, Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One and more!

Speaking of Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One, what is it's real release date? Take a listen to...

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What would it be like to help work on and restore the actual James Bond vehicles used in the movies long before they go the public exhibits and shows, like Bond in Motion?   Well, we were invited to a work weekend to do exactly that!


Dan and Tom recently were privileged to attend the Ian Fleming Foundation work weekend. This is on...

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Today we are excited to talk with Trina Parks! She played Thumper in the James Bond movie DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER.

In this wide-ranging interview, Ms. Parks discusses:

- Her upbringing by her father, Jazz Saxophonist Charles Frazier

- Her stage career

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Here in our Spy Movie News – May 30 2023 edition we discuss the upcoming spy movies or series: Mission: Impossible: Dead Reckoning, The Sympathizer, The Black Kaiser, Butterfly, Classified, Fog of War, Neither Confirm Nor Deny, Birdseye, and more.

We'll keep you updated as these movies progress. Some are in early development and other are already filmed.

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May 29, 2023 10 mins

Join us for our KANDAHAR - No-Spoiler Review. The spy movie KANDAHAR just released this weekend.

Is it worth your time and money to see?

We discuss the actors, cinematography, the portrayal of religion, the political statements, and how there is no place like home in the movie KANDAHAR.

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What are the best Bond pre-title sequences in your mind?  Well, today Mike Reyes of joins us to share his thoughts on this.

In 2020, Mike wrote a column called the 11 Most Memorable James Bond Pre-Titles Openings (link in our episode notes on  So, what are his thoughts 2 1/2 years later?  We know that our James Bond top lists c...

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Join Dan and Tom as they discover THE TRAITORS, a 1962 British B Spy Movie. Does it make the Grade?

Low budget B movies were made, for the most part, to be the second billing on double features. Low-budget doesn't necessarily mean a bad movie. In this episode we dive into THE TRAITORS without giving away the movie.


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May 9, 2023 43 mins

Join Dan and Tom for their latest episode, NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH - Decoded! This 1940 spy thriller stars Margaret Lockwood, Rex Harrison, and Paul Henreid. And, it received an Oscar nomination for writing.

In this episode we look at some fun and interesting parts of the movie. Are these real cable cars in this spy movie? What are Charters and Caldicott doing in this...

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CITADEL is Amazon Prime's most recent spy series. The first two episodes were released on March 28, 2023.

Dan and Tom have a no-spoiler discussion about these episodes. They give you guidance as to whether you should watch CITADEL and offer insights into the series, looking at the actors, directors, cinematography, sound effects and movies that may have influenced C...

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April 29, 2023 16 mins

Join us for this episode, AGENT - No-Spoiler Review. India's spy movie machine is cranking on all cylinders. AGENT is just the latest with many more in the works.

In this review we give you guidance as to whether or not we think you should see this movie. We do not, however have any spoilers in the review. We give you some guidance and tell you some things that will...

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