Stefano Di Marino – Shadow Heroes

Tell me about a (spy) movie

A century of spy movies from their beginning to the present day, narrated, commented, placed in their historical background and split by subject area: this is Shadow heroes, a journey into the genre explained by Stefano Di Marino, one of the most authoritative and prestigious names in the Italian spy fiction area, backbone of the Segretissimo series. It ranges from the early twentieth century to World War II, from the Cold War to the fall of the Berlin Wall, from 9/11 to today’s uncertainties. And it focuses on the most important series and strands: James Bond, OSS117, Michael Caine and his agent Palmer, SAS and Jason Bourne – based on novels by Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy – and much more. Far from the haughty tones of some film critics, this precious book contains all the essentials of a genre that’s closely linked to current events and too often underappreciated. A fascinating essay, that reads like a novel, will not disappoint the fans, and will be an indispensable compass for all newbies.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)