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What Is Argylle?

Checking Deadline this morning, I saw news that a movie I had barely heard of, Argylle (which I now know how to spell) was a box-office bomb. It’s some kind of overwrought spy spoof. Now that I think of it, I dimly remember hearing of its casting.

Neither audiences nor critics liked it. It was a $200M production Matthew Vaughn sold to Apple, meaning he is, as the great Liberace put it, crying all the way to the bank.

It seems to be a classic case of how giant bombs are made: somebody with a track record of hits sells something stupid solely on his track record. The executives who enabled it have an excuse: “But it’s Matthew Vaughn.”

It must be great to have a track record of hits!

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