True Spies: Director Phillip Noyce master of spy genre

When it comes to delivering top-notch spy thrillers, Australian filmmaker Phillip Noyce is a veteran of the genre.

His previous credits include Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger and The Quiet American. And now, with Salt due to arrive July 23, he's come to some firm conclusions about such movies and what they need to be effective on screen.

"I think the greatest hallmark of a spy thriller is that the audience should not be able to predict the outcome," he says crisply. "Spying is about discovering information and hiding real motivations and identities. That's what intrigues us most about spycraft. So a movie needs to mirror spycraft. It needs to keep you guessing."

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