THE 39 STEPS 1935

Maxim - - BEYOND BOND -

SE­CRET ORG

The 39 Steps, duh.

WHAT IS IT?

“An or­ga­ni­za­tion of spies, col­lect­ing in­for­ma­tion on be­half of the for­eign of­fice of…” Bang! In Al­fred Hitch­cock’s clas­sic, based on a novel by John Buchan, a regular dude (Robert Donat) finds him­self en­snared in a bat­tle be­tween evil spies and coun­ter­spies over se­cret weapons plans.

SE­CRECY LEVEL

They trans­mit se­crets us­ing mem­ory trick­sters, who are killed as soon as they step out of line. Harsh!

BOND-AGE FAC­TOR

No slinky bad girls, lethal gad­gets, or su­pervil­lains. Still, the book was a ma­jor in­flu­ence onian Flem­ing’s Bond nov­els.

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