It seems like I found someone who loves Michael Caine as much as I do :)
I completely agree with your comment and rating on The American.
Regarding your comment of Bond with the PPK. He only just got the PPK back after like nearly 4 films! Why would you want him to give it up? It's a Bond tradition.
yes FRITZ LANG'S Ministry of Fear is worth tracking a copy, but try to see it on film, it was made for film viewing, and VHS is old news, grab a decent dvd...at least, although lang's films seem to pale when seen on tv/dvd/pc, etc, it's a shame...