How Does Spectre Stack Up to Other 2015 Spy Films


2015 is littered with spy movies, including the new James Bond installment, Spectre. How does Spectre stack up to the other spy movies of 2015?

2015 is full of spy movies: Spy, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Mortdecai, Bridge of Spies, and, of course, Spectre.

Where, then, does Spectre lie?

Clearly, Mortdecai suffered both critically and at the box office. It is a mess of a film, and doesn’t even begin to approach Bond-level production quality.

The other comedy spy film of the year, Spy, is the polar opposite of Mortdecai, in that it is actually funny. Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham make great on-screen spies. And Jude Law is essentially playing a parody of Bond.

It is hard to compare Spy and Spectre side by side given the genre differences. But both are solid takes on the spy trope.

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is a big screen adaptation of the 1960s television show which Ian Fleming contributed concepts to. That being said, the 2015 film is a clear Bond imitator. The lead characters have the suaveness and cheeky one-liners that Bond is known for, and, to the actor’s credit, they play the part well. However, the movie on the whole is uneven and unremarkable, leaving Spectre to eclipse it completely.

Bridge of Spies isn’t an action film. It is more of a political drama. But the Spielberg flick is a platform for Tom Hanks, and it packs a punch. Perhaps the most well-rounded film on the list of spy films of 2015, Bridge of Spies is a superior film to Spectre.

This leaves us with Mission: Impossible – Rogue NationM:I 5 is stunt work heaven. The set pieces are masterful, and the movie as a whole is simply a fun ride. It certainly beats out Spectre for the title of best spy film of 2015.

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