Cinema: War Games

Having scraped the bottom of the barrel, the makers of spy films are now scraping the sides, the top and even the outside in a frantic search for new stories. The spoofs are endless permutations of the number 007; the serious efforts are apt to be repetitions of Hollywood war games originally played in the 1940s.

The Naked Runner. In Von Ryan's Express, he played the Army's most fearless fighter. In Suddenly, he was a potential presidential assassin. In The Manchurian Candidate, he was the friend of a brainwashed veteran turned into a killer...

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