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Condor is a 2018 television series, based on the Three Days of the Condor movie and the original Six Days of the Condor novel by James Grady. It stars Max Irons, William Hurt, Leem Lubany, Mira Sorvino and Brendan Fraser with the show created by Todd Katzburg, Jason Smilovic and Ken Robinson. The show is airing on the Audience Network.

In the first season, Joe Turner is a CIA research analyst who works at IEP Analytics, which serves as a cover for CIA research analysts in research and analysis of data to investigate potential terrorist threats against the United States. When assassins target the IEP building, Joe is on the run and is framed as the mastermind of the murders of his fellow analysts while he tries to investigate and figure out who wants him dead.

The second season starts with Joe living in Hungary as a means of getting away from the aftermath of the conspiracy. After American forces in Ukraine were targeted, a defecting SVR officer named Vasily Sirin warns Joe that a CIA double agent was working with the SVR in Moscow to leak details of CIA operations in Eastern Europe. With Joe's uncle Bob dead, he returns back with Vasily in order to find who's the double agent and what's the significance of Vasily's relationship with Bob aside from being a CIA asset.


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  • Adaptation Expansion: The series spends more time examining characters on many different sides of the central conflict than both the film and the novel, and delving into the ethics and politics at the center.
  • Adaptational Nationality / Race Lift: Joubert (played by Leem Lubany) is still a foreigner, but is now an Arab Israeli.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While in the film Sam Barber was unwittingly roped into coming as to fetch Turner in order for the CIA to kill him due to their friendship and killed when he found out what was going on, the series' version of Sam (played by Kristoffer Polaha) is actively a part (albeit a relatively small one) of the conspiracy at the center of the series and is killed by Joubert while saving Joe (played by Max Irons).
  • Ascended Extra:
    • In the film, Fowler was a minor CIA cohort of S.W. Wicks, Joe's Head of Department, who doesn't get much screentime, while in the series, Nathan Fowler (played by Brendan Fraser) is a major part of the Big Bad Ensemble.
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    • Mae Barber was a bit character in the film, but a regular character (played by Kristen Hager) in the series.
  • Badass Israeli: Joubert is an Israeli Palestinian formerly with the Mossad, and she's a highly skilled assassin.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Joubert's Establishing Character Moment showcases her antisocial tendencies and lethal expertise when she kills a man who keeps harassing her and Nathan while they bury a bag full of dead prairie dogs.
  • Canon Foreigner: A few, naturally, considering the series' Adaptation Expansion, but most notably Caleb Wolfe (played by Delmar Abuzeid).
  • Category Traitor: Joubert is a Palestinian Israeli who served in Mossad. As such, she's viewed as a traitor by other Palestianians.
  • Conspiracy Thriller: Like both of its source materials before it, the series focused on a conspiracy within the CIA.
  • Decomposite Character: At the beginning of the 1975 film, Joe has an Asian-American co-worker/Love Interest named Janice Chong who is killed in the attack on the CIA analysts' office. The series has two characters that share elements with the film's Janice: an Asian-American co-worker and close friend — here a lesbian — named Sarah Tan (played by Ellen Wong) who is killed in the attack on the IEP office, and Joe's long-estranged ex-girlfriend Janice Haron (played by Melissa O'Neil).
  • Dissonant Serenity: This is what makes Nathan Fowler so disturbing; in the series' opening scene, he casually digs a hole in which to bury a bag full of dead prairie dogs.
  • Driving Question: Why was the IEP building compromised and who's responsible for targeting Joe?
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Obviously Main/YMMV as to whether the Mossad is evil, but Joubert's file states that they kicked her out for signs of mental instability.
  • Extreme Libido: Joubert is a nymphomaniac, and Boyd Ferris (played by Gabriel Hogan) has shades of this.
  • Expy: A few.
    • Joe's uncle, Bob Partridge (played by William Hurt), as a higher-up in the CIA that is fairly sympathetic to Joe, seems to be one to Cliff Robertson's Higgins character from the film, although Higgins has more Punch-Clock Villain tendencies; in chasing Joe, the series' Marty Frost (played by Mira Sorvino) shares elements with Higgins as well.
    • Gareth Lloyd (played by Jamie McShane) seems to be one to Leonard Atwood from the film.
  • Fake Guest Star: Downplayed omewhat with Brendan Fraser, as he does not appear in a couple episodes, but Fowler is such an important character and the show spends so much time exploring him that he may as well be considered a series regular.
  • False Flag Operation: Season 1's plot was to start a bioterror incident in Saudi Arabia so that the Muslim world will blame the rest of the world for the attack and start another world war since the conspiracy members don't see any rational way to win against Islamic extremists. Bob is freaked out when he learns about it. If Muslim-friendly countries in Asia and the Middle East learn about this, then there's no knowing if their Muslim populace will be radicalized too.
  • Foreshadowing: The episode "Exile is a Destiny" shows a CBP officer at Dulles Airport overriding the error that Vasily's bogus biometrics did not match with the fake American passport passed by the CIA. It meant that the SVR knows that he came to America.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Harold is the inside man for the attack, including poisoning security officer Elle. When the hit team appears, Harold snaps at them for shooting by him only to get a bullet in his head.
  • The Sociopath: Many characters in their own way, but most notably Joubert. She's a cold-blooded killer who explicitly doesn't care about others.
  • Successful Sibling Syndrome: Nathan is revealed to have this.
  • Turn Out Like His Father: Both Nathan Fowler and Joe Turner in their own ways.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Deconstructed heavily with Nathan Fowler.
  • Wham Episode: "Out of His Exile": CIA agent Tracy Crane is the double agent with the SVR. It started from blackmail when he was filmed making out with a Russian woman.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The assassins that raided IEP building took out the female IEP analysts alongside their male colleagues.


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