Secret Agents and Swinging Super Spies: Cult Classic Espionage Films

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

The exciting world of espionage has been part of popular culture dating back to the 1800s and has always been connected to themes of adventure and war. Its first appearances in cinema began in the early 1900s during the silent era. During the 40s and 50s most spy films released dealt with World War II allied agents. The genre then hit its peak in popularity during the Cold War era when movie audiences were introduced to Ian Fleming's British secret agent James Bond. Following in 007's path were movies that featured other Bondian super spies such as James Coburn's Derek Flint (Our Man Flint, In Like Flint) and Dean Martin's Matt Helm. Meanwhile, in Europe, more "Bondsploitation" knockoffs came out which really took the concept of the secret agent hero to even more offbeat, outrageous places. Many of these action-adventure movies mixed in a humorous satirical spin on the genre while still delivering the thrills audiences clamored for. Since GCDb is made for geeks like us who love to discover overlooked oddities, we wanted to create a guide specifically for celebrating all the weird and wonderful 60s and 70s cult Spy Movies that were made. This listing contains a selection that includes American, European and Asian produced films we feel best represent the genre. We will be adding more titles to this page in the future. So in the meantime, mix yourself up a martini, put on some cool lounge muzak and explore!

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