Funnily enough, I'm watching The Maltese Falcon now on TCM (they had Gilda before that). As it turns out, TMF has a Templar-related back story (though the group they refer to were actually called the Hospitallers).
They had The Big Sleep the other day and I was noting how well Bogart really got across what different characters Spade and Marlowe actually are, even though he appears to play them the same on the surface. Marlowe is a lot more laid back and funny than Spade and not nearly as mean. I got the impression that Marlowe was a much happier man than Spade, but maybe that had something to do with Bogart's own life during the filming of each film.
Hi James. Can't really recommend any of the ones I've read recently. Eco's tome is too hefty and anything post-Brown is infected with his mediocre cynicism. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and National Treasure are decent movies in the genre, though.
Hi Paula ... Thanks for asking me to join your list. I was going to make a joke about Templars and Dan Brown but then I thought, no, why risk offending a snow leopard ... they may be beautiful and endangered .. but they've still got powerful claws!
Thanks for the invite to be your friend in Australia, I happily accept. I love snow leopards by the way and your picture is beautiful. I have a friend here who is an artist and does wonderful wildlife pics of big cats and other African wildlife in pastels. Snow leopards of central asia are in a class of their own though. Cheers for now, Suzi