First of all, many of the actual activities involving espionage happened, originally, against the backdrop of the Cold War. Obviously, having more different nations in a more compressed space gives a lot more chances for interactions.
If we take a U.S. spy, Jason Bourne, and send him on a mission, we must, by definition, deploy him to take actions against ...
You're looking for Kingsman: The Secret Service
A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program, just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius.
Here's the scene you're describing
Because a European setting is a standard part of the genre.
The genre of Spy Fiction was popularized by British writers during the Cold War. Being (sort of) European themselves, it is quite natural for said writers to stick to locales they and their readers would be most familiar with.
Also, the primary "theater" of the Cold War was in fact Europe, so it ...
Based on the timeframe given and the "bikes with walls coming off the back wheel" bit, this is almost certainly Tron: Legacy (2010.)
Here's one of the bikes from Legacy, tell me if I'm right:
Incidentally, in case you're curious, this movie is a sequel to 1982's Tron.
For Casino Royale, yes and no:
At the time of filming, Aston Martin were still in the final phases of designing the DBS. The scene involving the car crash was devised using an Aston Martin DB9 that was especially modified to look like Bond's Aston Martin DBS V12 and reinforced to withstand the impact.
Instead of wrecking an incredibly rare $300,000 DBS, ...
I think you're looking for the movie Vantage Point 2008.
A lot of the plot involves different people's perspectives.
The President of the United States is in Salamanca, Spain, about to address the city in a public square. We see a plain-clothes cop, his girlfriend with another man, a mother and child, an American tourist with a video ...
I believe you're looking for the movie The Fifth Element 1997 starring Bruce Willis.
It features flying cars/ Aliens and lots of futuristic tech. It has a scene at the beginning where Aliens visit a Pyramid to collect the Elements as they are not safe on Earth anymore.
Also the Alien singer scene below matches your question:
It's very broad to say yes or no. But no, they don't. They use shells, stripped down frames, with standard engines, but with the appropriate paneling to make it look like the real thing. The inside shots are done either with rentals or CGI, but the crashes are the dummies as you put it. All for budget reasons. A replica is only a fraction of the real thing.
Here's a good link regarding the filming for Need for Speed. In Need for Speed at least, they used real cars. Besides Need for Speed, they'll frequently use replicas of the shells of cars to crash. They have a special feature in The Bourne Supremacy that talks about this. In Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, the main characters Mustang had 5 or 6 replicas with ...
This is Get Smart
The 2008 film version of the 1970's spy spoof television series.
Maxwell Smart has to prevent an planned explosion that will be triggered by a series of notes at a concert. The bomb in the piano will kill the US President.
The mistaken identity and framing that you remember are similar to the plot of Get Smart. The hero is not Martin ...
Who would the spies spy against, if the movie was set in the USA? In Europe there are lots of countries, so there can be lots of targets for espionage. Especially during the cold War, there was plenty of opportunity for espionage between eastern and western countries, but the current tensions between Russia and the West can also create interesting plots.
I have only watched Firefly and not Serenity, but the mutants you described definitely made me think of the reavers from the show.
By chance I found this question, which inadvertently provides an answer:
Why does Serenity have a cannon in “Serenity”?, Science Fiction & Fantasy Stack Exchange
The accepted answer there sounds like it's what you are ...
Sounds like Knight and Day from 2010 with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. From IMDb:
June Havens finds her everyday life tangled with that of [Roy Miller], a secret agent who has realized he isn't supposed to survive his latest mission. As their campaign to stay alive stretches across the globe, they soon learn that all they can count on is each other.
This sounds very much like Drive, with Mark Dacascos and Kadeem Hardison.
A machine/human-hybrid prototype formerly working for the Red Chinese, Toby Wong (Dacascos), forces a down-on-his-luck, extroverted songwriter named Malik Brody (Hardison) to drive him to Los Angeles after their first meeting in a bar. He is on the run from hitmen—a hillbilly ...
You're looking for the movie Serenity.
It was probably a blockbuster
Alot of hoopla, but it was a flop.
Budget $39 million Box office $38.9 million
I cannot remember the main story but it was around people flying in space with a mission
They were confronted to a race / mutated humans who were extremely aggressive and were flying from planet to ...
This could also be Eagle Eye (2008)
Its starring Shia LaBouf and the plot is very similar to the one you describe, with a bomb being planted in a necklace, set to explode on a certain note of the song played by a trumpet.
The president arrives. Sam's class, whose recital has been moved from the Kennedy Center to the capitol to play the national anthem ...
Here are a few possible reasons...
Maybe US audiences see Europe as something of a melting pot - harmonious on the surface but with many deep underlying resentments. We've all fought each other many times, there are many former communist/soviet states and we share land borders with the Middle East and Russia so there are several wildly differing factions ...
Possibly The Echelon Conspiracy from 2009 with Shane West, Edward Burns and Ving Rhames.
Max Peterson is a globe-trotting techno-whiz who installs security systems on computers. He receives an anonymous gift: a phone which sends messages that enable him to win at a casino. Max soon finds himself pursed by hit men, the casino's security chief, and a CIA ...
I am fairly certain that the movie you're referring to is Columbiana. The actress is Zoe Saldana.
After saying their goodbyes, Fabio and his wife Alicia (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) leave to battle Marco and his men but both of them are gunned down as Cataleya listens from the kitchen. Marco tries to manipulate her into giving the information. ...
It's boring to shoot action movies in the US. I cannot remember a single action movie set in I dunno South Dakota.
Slightly strange to hear that given the overwhelming number of action movies set in SF, LA, or especially New York. Of course, they're not necessarily shot there - you might have an establishing shot of stock footage of Manhattan then cut to a ...
Sounds like the movie called Miracle Mile.
A young man hears a chance phone call telling him that a nuclear war has started and missiles will hit his city in 70 minutes.
A young man meets and falls in love with a young woman at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. This area is known as Miracle Mile, and the whole movie takes place there. They make a date, ...
Sounds like Automan from 1983-1984 about a glowing blue superhero fueled by electricity:
Automan (the "Automatic Man") follows the adventures of a police officer and computer programmer named Walter Nebicher (Desi Arnaz, Jr.), who had created an artificially intelligent crime fighting program that generated a hologram (Chuck Wagner) able to leave ...
If the "slime creature" looked like this:
Then you've got The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, season 2, episode 9, "DNA Doomsday".
One of the features of this series was "Questworld", a virtual reality world the characters would sometimes enter.
Others have answered about the specifics of cars being wrecked. But in general, when you are talking about big budget films where the potential box office returns will be in the millions and billions, $200,000 is chump change. It has nothing to do with publicity or some elaborate scheme; it’s simply how the world of film/TV works.
For example, the budget to ...
I believe you are looking for Metro (1997)
Scott Roper is a wisecracking hostage negotiator. When his friend and
fellow police officer is assassinated by a dangerous jewel thief, he
is prepared to do just about anything to bring the killer to justice.
But as his quiet investigation progresses, he must also train an ultra
smart SWAT sniper to ...
Final Contract: Death on Delivery (2006)
From this page, the synopsis:
David is broken up over the fact that his girlfriend is moving away.
He eventually meets up with a sexy woman who embroils him in an
adventure that may cost him his life.
From this review, here are the details:
David is in Berlin, Germany working at his Uncle’s business. He ...
Europe is a convenient setting because there are so many countries with varying languages and customs in close proximity. This functions as a showcase of the spies skills and preparation, that they can speak or understand many different languages fluently, navigate through cities in many different settings with ease (and often in high speed pursuit!), and ...