The November Man
Taglines: A spy is never out of the game.
Code named ‘The November Man’, Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is a lethal and highly trained ex-CIA agent, who has been enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. When Devereaux is lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko). He soon uncovers this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred.
The November Man is an American spy action thriller film based on the novel There Are No Spies by Bill Granger, which is canonically the seventh installment in The November Man novel series, published in 1987. It stars Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, and Olga Kurylenko with the screenplay written by Michael Finch and Karl Gajdusek. The film is directed by Roger Donaldson, who previously worked with Brosnan in Dante’s Peak. Beau St. Clair once again teams up with Brosnan to co-produce the film.
About the Story
Code named “The November Man”, veteran CIA officer Peter Devereaux retires from the agency in 2008 after his partner and protege David Mason disobeys orders from Devereaux not to fire on an assassin due to the lack of a good foreground and background, accidentally killing a child during a mission to protect a US Ambassador in Montenegro. Devereaux retires to Switzerland and opens up a coffee shop and lives a quiet life until the present day.
Peter’s former boss, John Hanley, seeks out Devereaux in Switzerland and recruits him to extract a deep cover CIA operative from Russia, Natalia Ulanova. Ms. Ulanova has been posing as the aide of presidential candidate and former Russian Army General Arkady Fedorov and knows the name of a witness who can tie Fedorov to war crimes. Natalia will not turn over the name unless she is brought in and is directly asking for Peter’s help in getting her out of Russia. Hanley raises the stakes for Peter by also telling him that some of Peter’s fellow agents were killed by Arkady Fedorov’s personal assassin Alexa, who is also assigned to murder all of Fedorov’s former associates who have knowledge of his past crimes.
Unbeknownst to Devereaux, Mason’s own team is dispatched to extract Natalia as well, with CIA station chief Perry Weinstein (Will Patton) in charge of the operation. But, of course, Mason’s team is unaware of Hanley’s actions (even though he’s in the operations center with them).
Natalia manages to break into Fedorov’s personal safe, and takes photographs of Fedorov’s photos – all depicting a disheveled young girl and a younger Fedorov in a Russian Army uniform. Natalia manages to escape and contacts Mason’s team to ready her for extraction. However, Fedorov notices that his personal key is still in the safe and alerts the FSB, who chase her down in the streets of Moscow until Peter arrives and kills the pursuing FSB agents and rescues Natalia. Natalia is surprised to see Peter and asks about their daughter, Lucy, and Peter says she is well. Natalia gives a name to Peter – Mila Filipova – and Peter promptly calls Hanley with the name.
The November Man
Directed by: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Bill Smitrovich, Amila Terzimehic, Mediha Musliovic, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Lena Milan
Screenplay by: Michael Finch, Karl Gajdusek
Production Design by: Kevin Kavanaugh
Cinematography by: Romain Lacourbas
Film Editing by: John Gilbert
Costume Design by: Bojana Nikitovic
Set Decoration by: Meg Everist
Music by: Marco Beltrami
MPAA Rating: R for strong violence including a sexual assault, language, sexuality/nudity and brief drug use.
Studio: Relativity Media
Release Date: August 27, 2014