The Bond Files: Why the spy movie genre is stronger than ever

National Post

Superheroes, dinosaurs, and minions have dominated the box office this year, but when 2015 comes to a close you could argue there will be a greater victor: spies.

Over the course of twelve months we’ll have seen more movies about secret agents than giant lizards, supermen, or funny little creatures. The Kingsman: The Secret Service, Spy and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation have already graced our screens with their take on secret agents, and collected over $900 million dollars worldwide at the box office. Friday will bring us retro throwback, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. — an adaptation of the 1960s spy TV show — while this fall offers not only Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies, but Spectre with James Bond, King of Spies.

Spy movies, of course, have never waned much in popularity. Stories about those who operate in shadows date back to the earliest days…

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