28 Tips and Tricks of Three Days of the Condor [How To Survive 3 Days]

May 15th, 2010 § 5 comments § permalink

Three Days of the Condor is a outstanding spy film, filled with tricks galore. The best part? The star, Joe Turner (played by Robert Redford) is not spy or field agent, but simply a reader of everything to do with spying. In fact, most of the tricks he uses come from comics or other books.

  1. Turner is known for being late, and taking shortcuts. In the beginning, he takes secret, unofficial exit to save time, and unbeknownst to him, it saves his life. Take shortcuts, make your paths and whereabouts unknown.
  2. After discovering his co-workers massacred, he grabs a gun from desk of co-worker for protection. Make sure you have the tools you need to protect yourself.
  3. Leaving the scene of a crime in which he was most likely supposed to be murdered, he leaves his bike to avoid suspicion that he is actually alive. Notice that he leaves immediately, rather than staying there and possibly running into the murderers. Scenes of crimes are usually not safe. Get out.
  4. Now suspicious, Turner returns to a familiar apartment, a poor choice, and discovers men coming up the stairs. In order to avoid being seen, he travels further up the stairs, rather than go down, out the window or another apartment. Avoid the unknown as much as possible until safety is assured.
  5. When he learns from his landlord that two “friends” are waiting to see him, he immediately leaves. Ditto.
  6. In this situation, he suspicious of bosses, which is an excellent move. Trust no one.
  7. Scheduling a meet up, Turner demands a familiar face to meet him. When meeting the untrustworthy, get the trustworthy to come along.
  8. Turner remains vigilant when meeting someone in an alley, even though “safety” is so close. As Mad Eye Moody says, “Constant vigilance!”
  9. When fleeing, he takes cover in a shop, rather than exhaust himself. Use your brains, not your force.
  10. Needing a cover, he chooses a woman in a store, overhears her name so that he can feign the identity of an old friend, and forces her to take him to her home for cover. Find a cover, quickly and preferably someone you don’t know. Connections can be traced.
  11. Taking the woman as a hostage, he realizes how tired he is, and to get some rest has her lie down next to him and covers her with a gun for insurance. Resting with someone under your arm can alert you quickly when the subject tries to get away.
  12. Confused as to what really happened and interested to find out more information, Turner turns on the television to get the latest updates. Look at the news. It can help you form a better picture of your situation.
  13. In order to incapacitate his hostage, he uses pantyhose to tie her up. Get creative. Use anything to tie someone up.
  14. When calling a friend’s apartment, the call is unanswered, leaving him highly suspicious that foul play is involved. Assume the worst, hope for the best, and don’t be naive about the little things.
  15. In an elevator, he rides down with his assassin (unknown to him). However, he is still nervous, insisting the man go first, most likely thinking of back stabbing. Try to keep your back against a solid wall to prevent unnecessary surprises. » Read the rest of this entry «

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