Action Films are usually high energy big budgeted films, because of the stunts, chases, battles etc. They are usually fast pasted and normally for around one main character usually male who has assistants or followers for example inception has one main character ‘Mr Cobs but a series of assistants male and female. These main characters are usually in some sort of conflict with ‘Bad guys.’
The early action films were usually based around the western/pirate adventure action films. A example of a early action film was ‘The Black Pirate.’ Released in 1926. Directed by Albert Parker. This was one of the first pirated based action movies which showed the violent nature on board a pirate ship. This movie supports the stereotypical action movie as it is about one main character (Lone wolf) seeking the revenge of his father who was killed by a pirate.
‘The man who new to much’ Was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and was released in 1934. this movie was one of the first crime based/ spy/ detective movies of its time. It is about a man and a women whose daughter gets kidnapped to keep them quiet as they receive a clue of a immanent assassination. Alfred Hitchcock was one of the first directors to make spy/Lone wolf action movies.
‘Sabotage’ 1936 was also directed by Alfred Hitchcock but was probably the first action movie to be based solely on a detective/ spy character as this movie follows a character who is a Scotland yard undercover detective on the trail of a saboteur who is part of a plot were a bomb is being planted in London. This movie gave other directors the idea to make detective and spy movies such as Gordon Douglas who made The Detective in 1968. Alfred Hitchcock was known for making brilliant action movies
‘Comrade X.’ released in 1940 Is a light hearted spy movie directed by King Vidor. It is about a American reporter who is smuggling news out of soviet Moscow but is blackmailed into helping a communist to leave the country. This was one of the first spy action movies to feature aspects of comedy and romance.
‘Enemy Agent’ although its original title was ‘British Intelligence.’ was released in 1940.British intelligence was directed by Terry O Morse. Although this movie was a spy movie it also had aspects of romance and thriller. Here is a description of the film: Although the home of cabinet minister Arthur Bennett is a hotbed of spies, moles, and double agents, no one knows the true identity of notorious German spymaster Strendler. This movie is like the James bond franchise as there is one main character who is a spy but nobody really knows his true identity.
‘North by Northwest’ is spy, action, romance, adventure movie, made in 1959 this movie was also directed by Alfred Hitchcock who is a famous director of spy and action movies. ‘North by Northwest.’ Is about a man who is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.
‘King Solomon’s Mines.’ is not necessarily a spy movie but it is a movie that revolves around one main character. ‘King Solomons Mines’ was released in 1950 and was directed by Compton Bennett and Andrew Matron. This movie is about a man who leads a expedition into uncharted African territory in a attempt to locate a explorer who went missing.
‘Funeral in Berlin.’ Was released in 1966 and was directed by Guy Hamilton and was released in 1966 it starred a very famous actor Michael Caine. This movie is about a British agent sent to Berlin to receive a communist defector but it doesn’t go the way he planned! This is possibly one of the most famous spy movies of all time. This spy movie is also action, drama and thriller.
Michael Caine has been in a few other Action, spy Movies such as the ‘The Ipcress file.’ which was released in 1965 and was directed by Sidney J Furie this was a crime, thriller and mystery action film but holds elements of a typical spy action movie. Description of movie: A counter espionage agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.
In 1962 the first movie of the James bond Franchise was released, it was called ‘DR. No’ this was the first movie in the franchise and there is a total of 23 movies in the franchise. James Bond was the Making of spy movies is was the first movie to focus around a secret agent, who is constantly under attack from different bad people around the world. This movie shows the typical bad guy and good guy in a action movie.
‘Dr . No’ Was the first movie of the James Bond franchise to be released. It was released in 1962, it was directed by Terence young. Dr. No was the first movie based totally on a government spy. The James Bond Franchise has lead to other directors on later dates to make similar spy movies such as ‘Stormbreaker’ in 2006 were a young boy becomes a spy for a secret government group.
1962: Dr No. 1963: From Russia with love. 1964: Goldfinger. 1965: Thunderball. 1967: You only live twice. 1969: On her majesty’s secret service. 1971: Diamonds are forever. 1973: Live and Let die. 1974: The man with the golden gun. 1977: The spy who loved me.
1979: Moonraker. 1981: For your eyes only. 1983: Octopussy. 1985: A view to a kill. 1987: The living daylights. 1989: Licence to kill. 1995: Goldeneye. 1997: Tomorrow never dies. 1999: The world is not enough. 2002: Die another day.
James Bond ‘Diamonds are Forever’ was released in 1971 and was directed by Guy Hamilton. This movie shows the typical spy, because James Bond is seen as very cool, Rich has loads of gadgets and gets all the girls! Description of movie: A diamond investigation leads James Bond to Vegas, where he uncovers an extortion plot headed by his nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
‘The Conformist’ released in 1970 and was directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. This was one of the first movies to be released in the 70s to rival the highly sort after James Bond movies. It is similar because they have a middle aged man as the main character who wears suits all the time, this shows his important, he is also very cool just like James Bond. Description of movie: A man becomes a fascist flunky who goes abroad to arrange the assassination of his old teacher, who is now a political dissident.
‘Top Secret’ was released in 1984, and was directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker. It was one of the first spy movies to also be a comedy. This movie was a parody of WWII Spies, were a American Rock n Roll singer gets involved in a resistant plot.
One of the James Bond movie to be released in the 80s was ‘Licence to Kill.’ The James Bond Movies all were about Bond facing another Enemy . Which is what the typical stereotype of a action movie is today. ‘Licence to Kill’ was released in 1989 and was directed by John Glen. This was the first Bond movie were James actually left his secret service job to go “Lone wolf.” On a mission and avenge his best friend Felix.
‘Family of Spies.’ was released in 1990 and was directed by Stephan Gyllenhaal. It was one of the first fact based spy movies of its time. A Navy officer with access to top secret cryptographic communications. As a result of debts, he sold secrets to the Soviets in 1967, a practice that he continued thereafter. He further sought to involve his four children into the espionage until his wife caught onto his activities. This spy movie was different to the typical spy movie as it not a glamorous and cool like the James Bond movies.
‘The assignment.’ was released in 1997 and was rated a 18 it was directed by Christian Duguay. It was a thriller spy movie. Description of movie: An American naval officer is recruited by the government to impersonate the most vicious and cold-blooded terrorist there is in order to catch him (So he is a spy.).
‘GoldenEye.’ is the 17 movie in the James Bond Franchise. Goldeneye was released in 1995 and was directed by Martin Campbell. This still follows the typical stereotype of spy movies as there is one main character fighting his arch enemy.
‘The Bourne Identity.’ Was released in 2002 and was the first of 3 movies in the franchise it was a new movie based on a ex spy/ Government assassin Matt Damon. Who try’s to find out his past as he becomes a “Lone Wolf.” assassin and Spy. This is a faced paced action spy movie.
‘The Bourne Supremacy.’ was the sequel to the ‘Bourne Identity.’ it was released in 2004 and was directed by Paul Greengrass. This movie still follows the storyline of the first movie as we still follow Matt Damon’s character as he is trying to uncover his past.
‘The Bourne Ultimatum.’ the third movie of the Bourne franchise. It was released in 2007 and was also directed by Paul Greengrass. The Bourne franchise was probably the only franchise of spy movies to seriously contend the James Bond Franchise. There is going to be a fourth Bourne film released in 2012.
‘Salt’ Was released in 2010 and was directed by Phillip Noyce. And was rated a 12A, it was a change from the typical spy movie as the main character was played by a women. Angelina Jolie. Who plays a CIA undercover agent. Description of Movie: A CIA agent goes on the run after a defector accuses her of being a spy, the question is, is she?
‘The Spy Next Door.’ was released in 2010 and was a comedy, family spy movie. And was directed by Brian Levant. Although it does not contend with the big spy movies such as James Bond or the Bourne Franchise. It shows how spy movies can be made into funny family movies. Description of Movie: Former CIA spy Bob Ho takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriends three kids.