Friday, March 12, 2021

Film Friday: The Elliptical 100 (4)


Let's do some snooping around.

Loosely based on an Ian Fleming novel.

Directed by Martin Campbell.

Released in 2006.

-  First Bond movie with Daniel Craig.  

Based on an Ian Fleming novel.

Directed by Terence Young.

Released in 1962. 

-  The first Bond movie.
-  Patrick McGoohan turned down the role of Bond.

Based on a nonfiction book by Robert Lindsey.

Directed by John Schlesinger.

Released in 1985.

-  The real life Falcon escaped from prison and went on a bank robbing spree before being recaptured.
-  They've both been paroled. 

Based on an Ian Fleming novel.

Directed by Terence Young.

Released in 1963.

-  Screened at the White House by President Kennedy on November 20, 1963. 

Directed by John Frankenheimer.

Released in 1998.

-  Katarina Witt portrays the ice skater.

Based on a John le Carre novel.

Directed by Martin Ritt.

Released in 1965.

-  They changed the female lead's name to Nan because she was Liz and Richard Burton was married to Liz Taylor at the time. 

Based on Six Days of the Condor, by James Grady.

Directed by Sydney Pollack.

Released in 1975.

-  There's an homage in a Seinfeld episode.

If I could save only one:  From Russia with Love

Last week's answer:  Three Days of the Condor

This week's question:  We've had two Sean Penn movies - Carlito's Way and The Falcon and the Snowman.  Which movie gets him in the Elliptical 100 a third and final time? 

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Brett Alan - 2

Jon - 2


  1. Personally... I'd go with Fast Times at Ridgemont High, but I'm thinking you're more of a Mystic River guy. By the way... I love Mystic River too.

  2. Haven't seen any of these movies. I decided long ago I would never see a James Bond film.

    I'm surprised Penn only has one more. Mystic River certainly is a plausible, but I'll go a different way and guess Dead Man Walking. Those I DID see, and they were both very good. I have a story to tell about Dead Man Walking if I'm right....

  3. I've only seen Dr. No.

    Penn is great in Mystic River, that would be my choice.

  4. I'm not really a 007 fan, but my mom is, so I saw all of them growing up many times, or at least all of the pre Pierce Brosnan Bonds. Ronin used to be one of my favorites, but has dropped down the ranks over the years.

    Never cared much for Sean Penn, so I'll just go with Fast Times as my guess.