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2007, Focus Features, 121 min, UK / France / USA, Dir: Edgar Wright

In the action-packed comedy from the makers of the hit SHAUN OF THE DEAD, Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) is the finest cop London has to offer - he’s so good, he makes everyone else look bad. As a result, Angel’s superiors send him to a seemingly crime-free village where his talents won’t be quite so embarrassing. There he is partnered with overeager officer Danny Butterman (Nick Frost), whose dreams of exciting gunfights and high-octane car chases become reality after some grisly incidents rock the village. With Jim Broadbent, Timothy Dalton and Edward Woodward.

1980, Universal, 111 min, France/USA, Dir: Mike Hodges

Like the early-1930s serial, director Mike Hodges’ FLASH is surprisingly faithful to Alex Raymond’s original comic strip, with just the right balance of action, tongue-in-cheek humor and mind-blowing production design (here courtesy of wizard Danilo Donati), with a score by none other than Queen! Relative unknowns Sam J. Jones and Melody Anderson play Flash and Dale, but the supporting cast is full of heavyweights, including Max Von Sydow as Ming, Topol as Dr. Zarkov and Ornella Muti as Aura, as well as Lina Wertmuller favorite Mariangela Melato (SWEPT AWAY) and future James Bond Timothy Dalton.

1989, Park Circus/MGM, 133 min, UK, Dir: John Glen

On his way to CIA friend Felix Leiter's wedding, James Bond is pulled into a mission that leaves Leiter injured and his bride dead. Bond vows revenge on the drug lord responsible, tracking him to Central America even after M has revoked his license to kill. One of the darker and more violent entries in the series, this film was the last with Timothy Dalton as Agent 007. It also was the last produced by franchise co-creator Albert “Cubby” Broccoli (though he would later consult on GOLDENEYE), and the final Bond film from screenwriter Richard Maibaum and title designer Maurice Binder. With Carey Lowell, Robert Davi, Wayne Newton (as a televangelist) and a young Benicio Del Toro.

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