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The Bureau: Season 1

 

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Following the introduction of James Bond to movies in the 1960s, the spy genre has slowly polarized itself into two camps: the over-the-top thrill ride with the gadgets and the dashing hero, and the gritty, realistic approach with an eye for detail (Bond never got too close to the latter, but the current run of Daniel Craig movies are certainly attempting to have their cake and eat it too). To this pile, we can now add “The Bureau”, a decent French spy series that never exactly catches fire but delivers some well-orchestrated thrills.

The series is comprised of three central threads. The primary storyline is about agent Guillaume Debailly (Mathieu Kassovitz), codenamed Malotru, who has just returned from a six-year undercover information gathering mission in Damascus. His mission seems to have gone smoothly, but his cover included a major wrinkle: within his alias, Paul Lefebvre, he fell for a woman …Read the entire review


Source: DVD Talk

By Max Schindler