May 28 North By Northwest (1959) 2 hrs 16 min.
Madison Avenue advertising man Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) finds himself thrust into the world of spies when he’s mistaken for another man. Foreign spy Philip Vandamm (James Mason) and his henchman Leonard (Martin Landau) try to kill him, and Thornhill ends up framed for murder. On the run from the police, he manages to board the 20th Century Limited train bound for Chicago, where he meets a beautiful blond, Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint), who helps him to evade the authorities—but then it turns out she’s no innocent bystander!
Nominated for 3 Oscars. This film has been called "the first James Bond film" due to its similarities with that series (splashily colourful settings, secret agents, and an elegant, daring, wisecracking leading man opposite a sinister yet strangely charming villain). The cropduster scene inspired the helicopter chase in the 1963 Bond movie From Russia with Love. Hitchcock filmed Grant's entrance into the United Nations building from across the street with a hidden camera. When he gets to the top of the stairs, a man (passerby, not an actor) about to walk down does a ‘double take’ when he recognizes the movie star.