Michael Flatley’s self-financed new spy movie is panned by critics and dubbed a “007 rip-off”

‘It will leave you more shocked than shaken’: Michael Flatley’s new self-financed spy movie is panned by critics as they call it a ‘007 rip-off’

Michael Flatley’s new spy movie has been panned by critics.

The film, titled Blackbird, opened in theaters this week and was written, directed, produced and financed by the dancing star according to The Mirror.

The publication reports that The Telegraph called it a “horrible 007 rip-off”, while the Irish Examiner wrote that it will “leave you more shocked than shaken”.

'It will leave you more shocked than shaken': Michael Flatley's new self-financed spy movie is POTTED by critics and dubbed a '007 rip-off'

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‘It will leave you more shocked than shaken’: Michael Flatley’s self-financed new spy movie has come under fire from critics, calling it a ‘007 rip-off’ (Dnaiel Craig pictured right)

“The snort-to-loud quotient is high,” said Alan Corr of RTE.

However, his co-star Patrick Bergin told The Irish Times: “Michael is a very smart and successful person and some people resent him for it.”

According to IMDB, the film centers on a retired spy who is drawn back into a dangerous life thanks to an old flame.

Plot: According to IMDB, the film centers on a retired spy who is drawn back into a dangerous life thanks to an old flame.

Plot: According to IMDB, the film centers on a retired spy who is dragged back into a dangerous life thanks to an old flame.

“The troubled secret agent ‘Blackbird’ abruptly retires from the service and opens a luxurious nightclub in the Caribbean to escape the dark shadows of his past,” reads the synopsis.

“An old flame comes along and rekindles the love in her life, but she brings danger with her.”

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It comes amid talk of who will replace Daniel Craig in the role of James Bond in the hit film franchise.

Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and Sam Heughan are the main candidates for the coveted role.

Meanwhile, Michael was propelled to global stardom nearly 30 years ago when he created the Irish dance extravaganza Riverdance.

Dance Star: Meanwhile, Michael was propelled to global stardom almost 30 years ago when he created the Irish dance extravaganza Riverdance.

Dance star: Meanwhile, Michael was propelled to global stardom almost 30 years ago when he created the Irish dance extravaganza Riverdance.

In March, he revealed that his ‘neck and back are in bad shape’ and detailed how his body is paying the price for the punishment he put him through.

The 63-year-old Lord Of The Dance star also said you have to “make a friend of pain in the dance business” but thinks he “made the right decision”.

‘The doctors warned me but I didn’t listen to them. Now my neck and back are in bad shape,” Michael told The Mirror.

He added: ‘I wouldn’t change it. I followed my dream. I wouldn’t have any of this if I didn’t follow my dream.

In 1989 he entered the Guinness Book of World Records for having the fastest feet (once insured for £25 million) in the world, striking 28 times per second. He later improved on that, scoring 35 touches.

Hot on the heels of Riverdance, who had left a year after a royalty dispute, he created Lord Of The Dance, which opened in Dublin in 1996.

He went on to tour the world, playing to 60 million people in 60 countries and becoming one of the most successful dance shows in history (in 1997 alone, Michael earned £36 million).

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