January 20th, 2012 10:08 EST
Tribute to Julian Assange: Top 5 Spy Movies of All Time!
"It is the role of good journalism to take on powerful abuses. " -Julian Assange
Sometimes the lines drawn between Hollywood and reality can be clear as day or foggy and gray like a winter`s night.
Right now in the real world there is an espionage case taking place that could possibly be the largest leak of classified materials in history. Julian Assange, founder of Wiki leaks is charged with leaking thousands of classified documents on the Internet.
Is Julian truly guilty of espionage or is he simply leading the way toward free speech and a more informed society? As a tribute to Julian Assange, The SOP has compiled a list of the top five spy movies of all time.
Dr. No (1962) First James Bond Movie featuring Sean Connery as Bond. Cary Grant was first choice for the role as Bond but would only sign for one film instead of two; James Mason, the second choice, would only sign for two instead of three. In the end it was Sean Connery that got his license to kill.
The Bourne Identity (2002) is the first film in the Bourne Trilogy followed by the Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. The Bourne Identity is one of the best selling suspense novels by late author Robert Ludlum. The Bourne Identity`s hand to hand combat and action scenes combined with Matt Damon`s quite, s[e]xy and smoldering presence makes The Bourne Identity a s[e]xy spy thriller for both men and women.
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1955) starring James Stewart and America`s sweetheart, Doris Day. This classic Alfred Hitchcock film takes you on a wild adventure through the streets of Morocco when their son goes missing. The Man Who Knew Too Much was filmed in stunning Technicolor. Stewart and Day are the MacKennas, and innocent American couple visiting Morocco with their son Hank. They suddenly become caught up in a web of International intrigue, assassinations and kidnapping that takes the movie swiftly from the markets of Marrakesh to a chilling climax.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) is based on a 1974 British spy novel by John le Carre, featuring George Smiley. According to film critic, Kam Williams, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy`s adaption is considerably dense compared to the seven-episode miniseries the BBC shot in 1979 starring Sir Alec Guinness. However it is a well-crafted, harrowing whodunit of Hitchcockian proportions! Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is currently playing in theaters.
Haywire (2011) is a dynamic action thriller directed by Steven Soderbergh that includes a talented cast of actors. This is a cool espionage movie because it features a female lead, MMA superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane who performs her own high adrenaline stunts. Kane is a government security operative who works in the most dangerous, dark and dirty corners of the world. Haywire is currently playing in theaters.
For More Information about the Central Intelligence Agency: http://thesop.org/story/law/2008/04/19/the-sop-and-cia-speak-the-language-of-intelligence.php
For More Information about MI6: http://thesop.org/story/law/2007/11/07/mi6-operational-officers-needed.php
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