Action Movies 1960 - 1969
The template for the modern Action film was released in 1959 with Alfred Hitchcock's North By Northwest. The movie combined a big name star, (for their time) huge action set pieces and a plot-driven story that featured intrigue and espionage. It wasn't long though before Sean Connery became a household name as James Bond, taking the 60s Action genre by the scruff of the neck and single-handedly owning the box office with Dr.No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball and You Only Live Twice in an unprecedented run of success. Many tried to emulate, but few succeeded and only Steve McQueen could be considered a genuine alternative to Connery during the decade.