BUREAU DES LEGENDES (2015 – ) SEASON 2

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Creator: Eric Rochant

Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Sara Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Darroussin

Four months have passed within the DGSE. Guillaume Debailly (alias Malotru), promoted to deputy director of the Bureau des Légendes, became a double agent on behalf of the CIA. Under cover of psychoanalysis sessions, he delivers to the doctor, his contact agent at the CIA, the information he gathered weekly. In exchange, Malotru expects the Americans to release the woman he loves, Nadia, imprisoned by the Syrians somewhere in the world. On the other hand, as Loiseau starts her delicate and dangerous underground mission in Iran, the DGSE is confronted with a new crisis: a jihad, now an officer of Daech, publicly harasses France in a bloodthirsty way.

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The first season of the Bureau des Légendes had seduced us last year by its authenticity, its realism and the inclination of Eric Rochant to continue to dig further into the  universe of espionage and intelligence that ” He has known so well since his films Les Patriotes and Möbius. The first season however took place in Paris When Malotru comes back in Paris. Eric introduce us with the characters and such. The stories are purely fictional but of what is going on today. The second season however is that the agents on the field. Nadia who trained to be an agent is going to be in Iran to work in a company well that is her cover. The talented Sara Giraudeau assumes the role beautifully well here as wells the other actors Camille de Castelnau, Cécile Ducrocq, Hippolyte Girardot, Raphael Chevènement, Antonin Martin. The narrative intersect with intelligence, participating in the immersion in this new season which is proving exciting. These new episodes embrace, moreover, the actuality with a realism that will put a chill thought your back, taking as background the narratives evoking both the Syrian conflict and the Islamic radicalism. Mathieu Kassovitz and Jean-Pierre Darroussin recover their characters with greediness and engage in this duel of cat and the mouse game, the two actors seeming to savour their acting by bringing more nuances to  their characters that one might have thought immovable. Over all a terrific second season that went up a notch big time and yes there is a season 3. Season 3 will be the final chapter like a trilogies than Rochant I think is going to put new character for season 4 that will start a new chapter.

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LE BUREAU DES LEGENDES (2015 – )

Le Bureau des Légendes (2015– )

Creator: Eric Rochant

Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Sara Giraudeau

At the heart of the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE), a department called the Office of legends (BDL) manages the  “illegal”, the most important agents of foreign intelligence services of the French. They are integrated in countries, their mission is to identify people who may be recruited as sources of information. Operating in the shadows, “as legend”, that is to say in a fabricated identity from scratch, they live for many years in a permanent concealment. Guillaume Debailly (Mathieu Kassovitz) returned from a clandestine mission six years in Syria, but contrary to safety rules, it does not seem to have abandoned his legend and identity under which he lived in Damascus.

I could wait to see that one and when I finished seeing it I can’t wait for season 2 They say it is possibly in the works not sure yet. I will keep you posted. Terrific series here worth the look I love the fact it is a spy / thriller kind of thing. Debailly code name Malotru who comes back from a mission has a hard time disconnecting of hi other identity because he fell in love with a married woman. The first rule they teach you is not to connect with anyone, he broke the first rule. The thing is that Debailly is so good at maculate the truth that he will make you believe anything without trying. When they are n the mission the have to report their assigned contact in the bureau, the one that train them. Then the first thing they ask him to do is to try to find a lost agent in the middle east, he got drunk one day and the police put him in jail but he did not get out. To top int all off he has to under go a debriefing and a psychological evaluation and train a new recruit who is going to go on a mission. You see they are allowed by their own people for a while to see if he does not do any mistake to see if he adjust to his new life because being some one else for 6 years can get to you. The script is nicely put together by Eric Rochant who directed the entire series. It is intelligently written and well thought out; The case could be more perfect some actors that I recognized some that I am seeing for the first time. The chemistry is there. You can’t wait for an other episode it is addictive as hell. Now I can’t wait for season 2 if there will be one.

 

 

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Mathieu Kassovitz (Malotru)

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FEMMING (2014)

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Cast: Dominic Cooper, Lara Pulver, Samuel West

It is the life of Ian Fleming the man who wrote the series of James bond books.

Here is one for you the life of the womanizing, boozing, smoking Ian Fleming the man who would be famous for the James Bond Novels. He was a drunks man who loves to party and wound up with different women every night. he came from a rich family his father was a banker but he didn’t want to pursue the same life as his father. He was serving in the english military during war time. Fleming was great with women was a collector and spoke German and French fluently. He became an naval  intelligence officer this was his most productive period at the time. Fleming was closely like  Bond: Cocky, flippant, and ever so  cool. His very tolerant superior Admiral John Godfrey (coy Samuel West) and Godfrey’s assistant Second Officer Monday (Anna Chancellor) are Fleming’s versions of “M” and “Miss Moneypenny”. The filmmakers, clearly pushed these real-to-life closer to the fictionalized characters they inspired. So it is not boring for the audience. Fleming had an overpowering mother, Evelyn ( Lesley Manville) is like the Bond villain here. Manipulating events and relationships for the “benefit” of her son. A strong indicator to why Fleming would see to make Bond an orphan, clearly hating his mother and being almost powerless to stop her influence. Ian Fleming was best when he thought of creating solutions for other people. Fleming has a Bond very light  life, but for getting the audience interested and glue to their screen they spiced it up a bit.

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IT TAKES A THIEF (1968 – 1970)

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Creator: Roland Kibbee

Cast: Robert Wagner, Fred Astaire, Malachi Throne

The Secret Intelligence Agency (SIA) has sacrificed two of their best operatives, that dispatch case of extremely sensitive documents  in Lisbon. Big brass wants results now, well like yesterday.  so they hire a cat burglar released from prison and allowed to resume his glamorous, playboy lifestyle in exchange for accepting dangerous assignments for the U.S. government what to steal for the government.

This was the coolest show that came out in the late 60’s is now on DVD but the 3 seasons will run you $119 or so maybe a little less. I am waiting for a good deal. I saw that one on the rerun back in the 70’s I got hooked immediately. I think it was the last of the spy series that was ever made. In the §à’s there were a lot of spy series that I loved. The show was shot at the studio lot but the third season it was shot on location in Europe. Mundy is the main character who has a dad who is a thief also that’s how Mundy became one but his dad works for the government also. Petula clark, Nancy Sinatra, Susan Saint James, Bette Davis, Ida Lupino, Fernando Lamas, Paul Heinreid, and Joesph Cotten made guest appearances. Susan Saint James appeared in five episodes of the series if I recall correctly. Peter sellers was in one episode were he played an informant. Unfortunately it got canceled and run only 3 seasons This is a must see. If you can find it on Netflix I suggest to cheek it out.  The 60’s must be a cool era to be You come in at the office you have a secretary who will serve a scotch at 10:00 am you would have a cool car in the parking a cocktail in the afternoon at lunch plus it was the sexual revolution. I will leave you with this “Let me get this straight you want me to steal?”

 

 

 

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THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E (1964 – 1968)

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Creator: Sam Rolfe.

Cast: Robert Vaughn, David McCallum, Leo G. Carroll .

Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are the two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, who fight the enemies of peace. Specially those of THRUSH. The Man From UNCLE (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement premiered) in 1964 based on the popularity of the James Bond movies. Since I am a fan of the bond film so I decided to see that one on the reruns, and I loved it. The gadgets (pens that acted as a radio to phone back at headquarters;an automobile with a built in machine gun and seat ejector) and the headquarters of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement which were secretly hidden in a  complex in New York. Do I love gadgets. Robert Vaughn was a gentleman and a charming secret agent. Napoleon Solo and his Russian counter part lliya played by David McCallum. The chemistry between  the two actors is there big time. But later on the series went from black and white to color and I think that people didn’t like it in color because the show’s rating was going down. I still love the series to this day.

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MI-5 (2002 – 2011)

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Creator: David Wolstencroft.

Cast: Peter Firth, Hugh Simon, Nicola Walker.

The series revolved around the missions of MI-5 who are the UK counter intelligence, in search of terrorist. I saw this one on A&E at the time and I was hooked since the first episode. It is a realistic look at MI-5 and their agents. The writers has put a lot of thought in this one. It is a  look at the agent life their works ans their private life if they have one, their frustrations, their disappointment with not being able to tell their loved ones what they do for a living, or what their name is. It is difficult to jungle a private life and being an agent, it is often lonely. The Americans has done this versions as 24. There is differences between the two. The cast is fantastic and what I like about it there is agent who will get hurt even killed in the line of duty, they have to give it a realistic look because in real life that’s why is happening.  Of course you will find the office politics and blackmailing , double-agents, and even more importantly, inter-agency conflict between Mi-5 and MI-6, and the CIA,  Another thing I really like in MI-5 is that there is no single enemy , most American shows  focus the attention on a single enemy. There is no stereotyping in this series. There is the CIA, MI-6 terrorist IRA etc…. Overall this is a great series.

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HUNTED ( 2012 – )

 

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Creator:  Frank Spotnitz.

Cast: Melissa George, Adam Rayner, Morven Christie. 

Sam ( Melissa George ) is a spy for an organization named Byzantium.  At her last mission she was double crossed and nearly killed. She hide in a remote location to heal to get back in shape and to think who could of framed her. A year later she comes back. They take her back why? Because she is the best agent they have. She soon finds out she is being hunted and someone wants her dead. Is it her old team or someone else?

Now Iike I said before other country are coping each other but there is Alias from the U.S. and there is Hunted from the U.K. It is 2 different series Alias Sidney thought she was working for a branch of the CIA . In Hunted Sam has been set up and they tried to kill her they find out she is still alive she is hunted by them. That is cool nothing wrong with that. It is show on Cinemax. Sam has a backdrop story where her mother was killed and sam kidnaped it is show as a form of flashback from time to time plus you have the sex scene with the fast paced action scenes. I love this on already. Very cool.

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