The November Man
Pierce Brosnan – Peter Devereaux
Luke Bracey – David Mason
Olga Kurylenko – Alice Fournier
Bill Smitrovich – Hanley
Amila Terzimehic – Alexa
Lazar Ristovski – Arkady Fedorov
Mediha Musliovic – Natalia Ulanova
Release Date: 27 August 2014
The November Man marks Pierce Brosnan’s return to the spy game after his final 007 movie in 2002. He plays a retired CIA agent named Devereaux who gets pulled back in to protect a fellow agent and lover (C’mon, even though he’s not Bond any more that doesn’t mean he’s a monk.) who’s deep undercover with a corrupt Russian general that is most likely to become the next Russian President.
Devereaux thinks he’s pulling out his former love, Natalia, at the request of the CIA. But suddenly they are being chased and shot at by both Russian goons AND Devereaux’s former protege, David Mason. Turns out that Natalia has some info that would be embarrassing to a lot of people. This is one of those movies where the hero doesn’t know who to trust and has to stay one step ahead of everybody else.
Brosnan doesn’t hide the fact that he’s 61 years old. He’s even got a small middle aged paunch. The rest of the cast is a mix of familiar characters like Bill Smitrovich and Will Patton as CIA bosses, and new faces. Devereaux’s main competition is his former trainee Mason, played with suitable hunkhood by Luke Bracey. Apparently Bracey is quite the thing, he gets second billing on the poster. He’s good looking enough I guess and has a deep voice. He’ll get the parts that Channing Tatum or one of the Hemsworths turn down.
I’m sure it wasn’t a coincidence that they hired former Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko as another key witness that Devereaux has to protect. She was technically a Bond Girl in the second CraigBond movie Quantum of Solace…even though she and Bond never actually did anything. She is quite beguiling and Devereaux is quite taken with her. Everybody else wants her dead.
One of those people is played by another standout, former Bosnian gymnast Amila Terzimehic as a lithe and lethal hitwoman. I would have liked to have seen more of her.
The Misplaced Boy MST3K Scale:
I know the reviews haven’t been great, but TNM kept me interested and I actually wouldn’t mind seeing Brosnan do more movies with the character.