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Spy movies have been popular at least since 1913, when a silent black-and-white flick called THE FOREIGN SPY appeared. Take a look at some films that feature codes and spying.
Marlene Dietrich plays a spy who uses a musical code.
In this comedy, an American code breaker looks for a stolen code book while also dealing with a beautiful Russian spy.
NIGHT TRAIN TO MUNICH (1940)
A British agent tries to protect a Czech inventor and his daughter.
THE SAINT'S VACATION (1941)
The Saint searches for a suspicious music box. Is it a coding machine?
MINISTRY OF FEAR (1942)
Adapted from a Graham Greene novel, this film tells the story of a man confronting a dangerous spy ring.
THE HOUSE ON 92ND STREET (1945)
This film, about an FBI agent infiltrating a Nazi spy ring, features a cyroptographic alphabet table.
MY FAVORITE SPY (1951)
In this comedy, Bob Hope plays a comic who is recruited by U.S. agents to impersonate a spy.
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1964)
James Bond (played by Sean Connery) tries to find an encryption machine known as "Lektor."
THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD (1965)
In this bleak film, a British spy is sent to East Germany as a double agent.
A British mathematician tries to break enemy codes, and falls in love with a colleague.
DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1971)
Sean Connery investigates diamond smuggling. The film features a code-controlled satellite.
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)
Agent 007 (Roger Moore) tries to find a missing nuclear submarine.
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981)
Agent 007 (Moore again) hunts for an encryption device that is lost when a spy ship sinks.
NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983)
James Bond battles SPECTRE, trying to gain control of a code that can disarm atomic weapons.
THE AMATEUR (1983)
A CIA operative goes behind the Iron Curtain, and tries to unlock a terrorist's cipher.
AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY (1997)
In this Bond spoof, '60s relic Mike Myers battles modern spies.
AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME (1999)
CASINO ROYALE (2006)
Daniel Craig stars as the latest 007 -- based on the first of Ian Fleming's novels about the British agent. Bond is assigned to play in a high-stakes poker match in Montenegro orchestrated by Le Chiffre, a financier of global terrorism who needs to win the $100-million-plus stake to pay back clients' money he squandered on an investment.
Sources: Codes and Ciphers and us.imdb.com