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Get the feeling someone is looking over your shoulder? This quiz won’t help! This week we’re investigating the subtle (and not-so-subtle) art of spying in the movies.
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Question 1 of 9
The plot of Hitchcock’s North by Northwest was suggested by this spy film.Correct
Clifton Webb starred in Ronald Neame’s 1956 film about the British plot to trick the enemy using a dead man and faked papers.Incorrect
Question 2 of 9
This spy movie was considered so politically sensitive it was banned from the Soviet Union until its collapse in 1993.Correct
The idea of a foreign power subverting the election of a U.S. President is preposterous of course, but such were the flights of fancies in John Frankenheimer’s 1962 surrealistic spy-thriller.Incorrect
Question 3 of 9
The three theatrical films featuring Len Deighton’s Harry Palmer character used many of the same talents involved in the Bond series including Ken Adam and John Barry but only one was directed by an official Bond director, Guy Hamilton. Which one was it?Correct
The more traditional Hamilton’s film was bookended by two directors best known for pushing the envelope, Sidney Furie, and, one of the great envelope-pushers in movie history, Ken Russell.Incorrect
Question 4 of 9
This soon-to-be famous spy makes an appearance in Martin Ritt’s The Spy Who Came in from the Cold.Correct
Rupert Davies played the soon-to-be ubiquitous spy in Ritt’s fine 1965 film starring Richard Burton.Incorrect
Question 5 of 9
Sydney Pollack’s 1975 spy thriller Three Days of the Condor starring Robert Redford inspired what contemporary super hero film?Correct
To seal the deal, the Condor star co-starred in the 2014 superhero extravaganza.Incorrect
Question 6 of 9
James Cameron’s comic spy caper True Lies was based on what French comedy?Correct
Claude Zidi’s 1991 film was a modest hit in France compared to Cameron’s box office bonanza.Incorrect
Question 7 of 9
Matt Damon plays Jason Bourne in the film version of The Bourne Identity. Who played him in the original mini-series?Correct
Roger Young’s 1988 tv film is all but forgotten in the wake of the Bourne feature film frenzy.Incorrect
Question 8 of 9
Gary Oldman plays the weary spy George Smiley in 2011’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Who played him in the 1979 mini-series?Correct
With such fine actors the two versions John le Carré’s book are ideal bookends (le Carré makes a cameo appearance in the 2011 film).
Question 9 of 9
The story of CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers in Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies inspired the name for what rock band?Correct
Bono’s daughter Eve has a role in the movie.Incorrect