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Espionage and Storytelling

I love spy fiilms, there's no secret about that. But the exectuion of such films is sometimes wanting, but I end up struggling through many a half-hearted tale regardless. I recently got a chance to see Tom Cruise's Missle Impossible: Ghost Protocol and was pleasantly surprised by how it turned out, though it was a bit long and dragged out in spots, particularly after the Dubai scene, where I believe the film should have ended (blame 711 Press for my new outlook on effective and streamlined storytelling). The Bourne films (the first three, to be precise) are another matter altogether. Those films epitomize not only spy fiction but storytelling in general.

When I approach my own Kill Factor spy series, I have all of these things in mind, but I don't write from a technical standpoint, with paint-by-numbers restrictions or the like. Storytelling should be fluid and natural in its unfolding. Many times Hollywood movies feel like committee efforts, as though they went through a hundred pair of hands before landing in front of your eyes. Stories should be as personal and seamless as possible; for my money, those are generally the most impacting ones.

- R. Vallon