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  • Greatest Spy Movies Round 2: THE GUNS OF NAVARONE vs THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR

    The Guns of Navarone (1961)

    Two powerful German guns control the seas past the Greek island of Navarone making the evacuation of endangered British troops on a neighboring island impossible. Air attack is useless so a team of six Allied and Greek soldiers is put ashore to meet up with partisans to try and dynamite the guns. The mission is perilous enough anyway but are the Germans on the island getting further help too?

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0054953/


    Three Days of the Condor

    Joe Turner (Robert Redford) is a CIA employee who works in a clandestine office in New York City. He is not a field agent, and indeed bristles at Agency discipline; among other things, he wonders why he can't tell people what he does for a living and notes "I trust some people ... that's a problem." His job is in the OSINT field: he has to read books, newspapers, and magazines from around the world, looking for hidden meanings and new ideas. As part of his duties, Turner files a report to CIA headquarters on a low-quality thriller novel his office has been reading, pointing out strange plot elements therein, and the unusual assortment of languages in which the book has been translated (Turkish but not French, Arabic but not Russian or German, Dutch, and Spanish).

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073802/
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    The Guns of Navarone (1961)
    58.33%
    28
    Three Days of the Condor (1975)
    41.67%
    20
    Last edited by Torien; 13 Jan 10, 07:38.
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    For me it has to be Guns of Navarone again. Three Days of the Condor sound fascinating (and indeed I'll be looking it up soon in my theoretical spare time ) and to be honest is probably more pure 'spy'... but Navarone is a classic, and definitely deserves to win.
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    • #3
      I love both films, and my politics would have me choose Guns.

      But I still love the idea of a book-reader saving the day. It's the nerd in me!

      Condor!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Khryses View Post
        For me it has to be Guns of Navarone again. Three Days of the Condor sound fascinating (and indeed I'll be looking it up soon in my theoretical spare time ) and to be honest is probably more pure 'spy'... but Navarone is a classic, and definitely deserves to win.












        GoN is about as much of a spy movie as one of the Rambo movies. It's totally out of place here.
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        • #5
          I agree with John

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SeaDog48 View Post
            I agree with John

            well John, I'm sure you agree with John. Just which John do you mean?

            Signed John
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            • #7
              The Guns of Navarone...FTW!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Torien View Post
                I love both films, and my politics would have me choose Guns.

                But I still love the idea of a book-reader saving the day. It's the nerd in me!
                Both Excellent Films, but I could not stomach the US government being the bad guys in the end of Condor, nor the NY Times being presented as the Good Guys. I am just so sick of Films that want to Hammer the US by formula.

                I couldn't vote for the Spy who came in from the Cold for the same reason. It made the British also look like the bad guys.

                Guns for me!

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                • #9
                  Condor is my favourite!!!
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                  • #10
                    Condor.
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                    • #11
                      Its just hard to beat the cast in Guns.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Torien View Post
                        I love both films, and my politics would have me choose Guns.

                        But I still love the idea of a book-reader saving the day. It's the nerd in me!

                        Condor!
                        Quite a compelling argument and
                        though I appreciate the other argument that Guns of Navarone is not really a spy movie, it is here.
                        However both as a story and as a movie 'Navarone' made much more of a lasting impression than Three Days of the Condor.
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                        • #13
                          condor
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                          • #14
                            Three Days is fantastic.
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                            • #15
                              I went with Guns, I never particularly liked Condor, I thought it could have used the 3 extra days of the book.
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