- With the release of “No Time to Die” being pushed back even further to April 2 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, movie-goers have been left with a Bond-shaped hole in their lives.
- However, Netflix can fill that void with some great spy thrillers, including all two of Daniel Craig’s previous Bond movies: “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of Solace.”
- The streaming service also has three of Pierce Brosnan’s 007 movies, including “GoldenEye,” while British spy drama “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” features all of the espionage you could wish for.
- Potential future James Bonds Idris Elba and Richard Madden costar in “The Take,” and Chris Hemsworth, Jackie Chan, and Harrison Ford all star in their own hit action movies.
- Here are the 13 best spy movies available to watch on Netflix right now.
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‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’ (1981), plus sequels ‘The Temple of Doom (1984), The Last Crusade (1989), and ‘The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ (2008)
Indiana Jones, as a character, is basically the American version of James Bond. And, controversial opinion incoming, Indiana is far cooler than Bond. Harrison Ford created an icon in these movies, the third of which stars former Bond Sean Connery as Indiana’s dad in one of cinema’s best pairings in movie history.
One of the best Bond movies out there, and certainly Pierce Brosnan’s best. This was actually Brosnan’s first outing as Bond, and he never quite met these heights again. Sean Bean starred as Bond’s former-ally-turned-villain.
‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ (1997)
Michelle Yeoh starred in this movie, which is Brosnan’s second Bond film. In this, Bond takes on Jonathan Pryce’s media mogul Elliot Carver, who wants to provoke a world war to boost sales and ratings.
‘The World is Not Enough’ (1999)
Pierce Brosnan’s third Bond outing sees him take on Robert Carlyle as the villain, and it’s this movie that introduced John Cleese as Desmond Llewelyn’s Q successor.
‘Along Came a Spider’ (2001)
A classic spy novel turned into a classic spy film. Morgan Freeman stars as detective Alex Cross investigating the disappearance of a congressman’s daughter.
‘Casino Royale’ (2006)
“Casino Royale” was Daniel Craig’s first Bond movie, so why not prepare for his final outing as 007 by throwing it back and watching his first?
This one introduced a different, grittier type of Bond than we had previously been used to after Pierce Brosnan’s super smooth secret spy, and Mads Mikkelson makes a superb Bond villain as Le Chiffre.
‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008)
Craig followed up “Casino Royale” with “Quantum of Solace,” which is known as the most violent Bond movie of them all. Unlike other Bond films, this one follows directly after its predecessor as 007 and Judi Dench’s M investigate the mysterious Quantum organisation.
‘Olympus Has Fallen’ (2013)
Aaron Eckhart starred in Christopher Nolan’s aforementioned Batman movie “The Dark Knight,” but here plays the POTUS that Gerard Butler has to save in this all-out action movie.
‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ (2011)
This is what a more restrained, mature Bond movie could look like. Gary Oldman stars as a middle-aged spy trying to find a Soviet double-agent at the heart of the British secret service. It’s based on John Le Carré’s novel, and starring Colin Firth,Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, and more great British actors.
‘The Take’ (2016)
“The Take,” known as “Bastille Day” in other territories, actually features two potential Bond replacements for Craig – Idris Elba and Richard Madden. Madden plays a pickpocket who is forced to team up with Elba’s CIA agent in an anti-terrorist mission in France.
‘The Foreigner’ (2017)
Notable for featuring former Bond Pierce Brosnan as the villain, “The Foreigner” gives us a dark and gritty Jackie Chan seeking revenge.
‘American Assassin’ (2017)
Michael Keaton hasn’t played Bond, but he has played Batman – which isn’t too far off. Here, Keaton plays a former US Navy S.E.A.L. who mentors a young recruit after his girlfriend dies and he joins a counterterrorism task force.
A mercenary is tasked with rescuing the kidnapped son of a brutal crime lord in this Netflix thriller featuring Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth.
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