Friday List: Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt and other awesome movie spies
In honor of the opening of Angelina Jolie’s “Salt,” we bring you this guest post from intern Lizzie Horne who writes about the best movie spies she wishes she could be.
Posted by Lizzie Horne
If there’s one thing Hollywood can do right, it’s make a suspenseful and action-packed spy movie. Audiences have been eating up fictional espionage since Woody Allen’s low-budget spy film “What’s Up, Tiger Lily?” – and, to be honest, that movie was terrible.
Needless to say, the producers of Tinseltown have done it again with “Salt,” your average thriller about a kick-butt government agent who’s accused of being a Russian spy and fights everyone in her way. It’s true, Evelyn Salt is the real deal. But she's just the latest in a long lineage of spies that have dominated the box office.
I know that Tom Cruise has aged a bit since he first portrayed the suave and mysterious IMF point man. But I’m anxiously awaiting the release of “Mission: Impossible IV,” when I get to see Hunt back in all his glory. Aside from being the epitome of hot, the secret agent was so slick that he could fight atop a fast-moving train and still keep his crew cut intact. That’s talent.
Who’s as cool as Robert Redford? No one. What’s a better code name than Condor? Nothing. In this 1975 drama, Redford plays a clandestine CIA employee gone rogue as he worked to solve a murder mystery in just three days. All the while, everyone Turner (aka the Condor) ever trusted tries to kill him. Still not sold? Watch the beginning of the movie and you’ll understand.
I hold a special place in my heart for Bourne. I fell in love with Matt Damon at the ripe young age of six, when “Good Will Hunting” was released, and have never looked back. But I digress. Bourne, a psychogenic amnesiac attempting to discover his true identity, may not remember being a spy but he sure was a good one. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Bourne was that he never used any fancy gadgets, just his wits and chiseled pecs. (All three movies in the series are amazing.)
Yellow teeth and hairy chest aside, this free love advocate is one groovy spy, baby. Despite his fear of nuclear war and “carnies,” Mike Myers’ goofy character successfully defeated the sneaky ploys of Dr. Evil and managed to deal with the frequent change in time period. And who cares if Powers always talked about his mojo?! He shagged at least as many women as Bond, or more.
Bond. James Bond. Need I say more? While I am partial to “Dr. No” and “From Russia with Love,” I don’t think I can pick a favorite James Bond movie. Whether fighting bad guys in a tuxedo, plotting with his undeniable acumen or seducing women from all over the world, Bond was always the epitome of cool. The only question is who played 007 the best? (We all know it was Sean Connery.)
Share your favorite movie spies in the comments section.
Lizzie Horne, a summer intern at The Washington Post Web site, hopes that she'll one day be as stealthy as these spies.
| July 23, 2010; 1:22 PM ET
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