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Sunday 25 January 2015

Ten best spy films

John le Carré's books are resurgent thanks to the new film adaptation of Tinker, Tailor. This 2001 John Boorman movie sees Geoffrey Rush's tailor reluctantly finding himself acting as a spy, with disastrous consequences. £9.99,
Daniel Craig leads a back-to-basics Bond, shorn of the campery of Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan et al, replaced instead with brutal realism and a leg-crossing torture scene. £9.99,
Michael Caine is on the trail of a group brainwashing Britain's top scientists - set against the backdrop of 1960s London, where everyone's name seems to be preceded by a military rank and lips are always stiff. £15.00,
Tom Cruise is on the quest to uncover a mole within the Impossible Mission Force who has framed him for killing his team. That dangling scene, and an absolutely cracking theme tune make this a memorable movie adaptation. 19.99,
{5} MUNICH The true story of the events that followed terrorist organisation Black September's murder of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, and Mossad's subsequent hunt to find them. £9.99,
{6} RONIN Robert de Niro and Jean Reno team up to steal a mysterious package and become tangled in a web of shifting allegiances as they tear around Paris. £19.99,
A fruity Powers (Mike Myers) is catapulted into the 1990s and confronts not just super-baddy Dr Evil (also Myers), but also a world which no longer understands his shagging ways. The pick of the spy spoofs. £15,
{8} THE 39 STEPS (1935)
Richard Hannay (Robert Donat) has just returned to London when a spy is murdered in his flat and he's sucked into a murky world of dodgy police, German agents and state secrets. Hitchcock's classic of the genre. £15.99,
Jason Bourne is a mean, lean spying machine who has gone AWOL from the CIA programme that trained him. But can he avoid being assassinated by his former masters and rediscover his former life? A triple-set treat. £29.99,
The secret of the imminent D-Day landings is out of the bag, and the outcome of the war depends on one man's ability to stop super-spy, Donald Sutherland, informing his German paymasters. £9.99,

From the dark intrigue of le Carré to the farce of Austin Powers, we reveal our pick of secret spook flicks.

>>Click on the image to the right to launch our guide.


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