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Our Kind of Traitor
by Liam Gaugham | Collider | July 10, 2021
Spy movies remain a popular genre thanks to the continued success of the James Bond and Mission: Impossible franchises. Argo and Zero Dark Thirty emerged as awards contenders that provided a grittier look at modern intelligence, and action-comedies like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the Kingsman franchise have offered more subversive takes. However, there’s no shortage of great spy movies from the past decade that haven’t found an audience yet, and deserve more attention from film fans.
Check out these top-tier espionage thrillers from the past decade you may have missed.
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Our Kind of Traitor: A Behind the Scenes Filming Location
by Betty Wood | The Spaces | November 9, 2018
The home of MI6 agent Hector Meredith, played by Damian in the 2016 adaptation of John Le Carre’s Our Kind of Traitor, has been listed as ‘Property of the Week’ for a cool £1.495m.
The three-bedroom Langton Way property was built to a design by architects Peter Foggo and David Thomas in the early 1960s and is nestled, almost hidden, behind an inconspicuous brick wall in London’s Blackheath. The midcentury home has cocooning timber-lined interiors with rooms that are packed with warm wooden surfaces, including maple floors and pine ceilings. Floating cedar partitions informally divide its open-play layout while floor-to-ceiling glass bookends the main living spaces, creating sight-lines to its leafy garden. There is a wood-burning stove and white-washed brick walls, and a huge skylight channels light into the living room. Take a tour and view the slideshow here.
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Damian Discusses His Most Pivotal Roles
by Emily Zemler | LA Times | March 23, 2018
Source: LA Times – Photo by Genaro Molina
“I am interested in the imperfections in people,” Damian Lewis says. “I’m interested in the contradictions and in the moral struggle that often exists in all of us.”
This sensibility threads through many of the actor’s film and television characters, particularly his current role as shrewd hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod on “Billions.” The Showtime series returns for its third season tonight, bringing us even closer to understanding what exactly makes Bobby tick.
“He’s a fiercely loyal man,” Lewis says about Bobby. “He’s ruthless. He’s extremely competitive. For him, the game is everything. The playing of the game is the thing — and it is a game, so winning the game is paramount. He enjoys it.”
The role is a big shift for Lewis, 47, who got his start on British television before coming to the attention of American audiences in Steven Spielberg’s World War II epic miniseries “Band of Brothers.” Although Lewis has since had several career-defining roles, particularly as Nicholas Brody in “Homeland,” that project lingers as one of his most important projects.
“Some jobs are just gigs, but some jobs have the ability to be life-changing,” he notes. “They just alter you in some small way. ‘Band of Brothers’ was definitely one of those.”
Here Lewis discusses several of his most pivotal roles:
Bobby Axelrod, “Billions” (2016-2018)
“What attracted me to Bobby Axelrod was to get to play a man who is willing to do whatever it takes to get what he wants and see where that takes him personally. To find out, during the course of the show, how corrupting that is on a man who is prepared to cross one line after another. What does it do to one’s soul? I saw that as potentially where it was going. And it’s enormous fun. He’s a form of gangster and it’s fun playing that kind of guy.”
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Announcement: Damian on the Telly in the UK
by What’s On TV | February 13, 2018
When: Sunday, February 18 Where: Channel 4 Who: Lucky fans in the UK
Synopsis: On holiday in Marrakesh, ordinary couple Ewan McGregor and Naomie Harris are caught up in the murky world of Russian dirty money.
McGregor and Harris are trying to repair their fraying marriage, with McGregor’s university lecturer smarting with guilt over an affair with a student and somewhat emasculated by lawyer wife Harris’ higher-earning profession.
He unexpectedly befriends a flamboyantly gregarious, very wealthy, Russian (Stellan Skarsgård) and gets a brief taste of his luxurious existence.
However, he turns out to be a money launderer for the Russian mafia and wants McGregor to pass information to MI6 about his boss’s dealings with leading members of the British establishment.
However, Lewis’ devious superiors are reluctant to grant what Skarsgård requires in return – asylum in Britain for his imperiled family.
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Where was Our Kind of Traitor filmed? Location Guide to the John le Carré Film
by RadioTimes – September 5, 2016
The John le Carré thriller stars Ewan McGregor, Damian Lewis and some opulent scenery. Our Kind of Traitor – which is out on DVD next week – was adapted from a John le Carré thriller and boasts a stellar line-up: Ewan McGregor, Naomie Harris, Damian Lewis and Stellan Skarsgard.
McGregor plays a poetry professor who’s befriended by a wealthy Russian (Skarsgard) while on holiday with his girlfriend (Harris). On their last night, the Russian reveals that he’s involved with the Mafia and needs the professor’s help.
And like The Night Manager, this film jets off to some pretty spectacular locations: luxury hotels in Marrakech, an even more luxurious Parisian spa, a snowy Alpine hideaway.
In an exclusive video, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris and director Susanna White take us behind the scenes:
We also tracked down location manager Adam Richards, whose other films include Florence Foster Jenkins, Atonement and Pride & Prejudice, to find out how we can follow in the poetry professor’s footsteps (preferably without bumping into the Mafia en route).