In light of the continuation of James Bond series, Skyfall, set to be released at the end of the month everyone will soon be reminded why film fans love the spy genre: the intrigue, mystery and slick nature of the genre - we cannot get enough of it. Previously fueled by cold-war tensions, the spy movies of decades past were often bleak and grim reminders of things that may or may not be actually going on in the higher offices of governments around the world. From the breezy but suspenseful North by Northwest and the Bond films of the 60's, to the hard-hitting stark cloak and dagger films of the 70's (Three Days of the Condor, The Day of the Jackal), the Cold War provided many a story-line for the espionage thrillers. However, with the fall of the Soviet Union the spy genre took a hit with audiences that would no longer feel the tension of real-world dangers from East vs. West. With the Iron Curtain lifted, the covert-thriller film-makers needed to come-up with new concepts to play around with. So, I'll define the term "modern spy flick" as being made after 1990, dealing with a government's personnel on clandestine operations and not relying entirely on the conflict of the Reds vs. NATO. (Sorry Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, but then you wouldn't have made this list anyway). The following ten movies show how film-makers adapted to changing times, attitudes and movie-going audiences in general, and their successes prove that movies no matter the genre films can be signs of their times.