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Yesterday’s Spy

Sorry for the lull- been finishing off my dissertation- but hopefully I’ll get round to posting more regularly now. The first adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was broadcast in 1979, the same year that Moonraker was released. While the … Continue reading

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Dance Into The Fire

The 1980s were pretty much the inverse of the 1960s; liberal consensus had mutated into the New Conservatism; youth culture had been superseded by the Sloane Ranger and the Yuppie. Old heroes, like Mick Jagger or Michael Caine, looked hopelessly … Continue reading

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The American Bond

At the end of Goldfinger, Bond boards a jet to the White House for a meeting with the President. The film’s gloss would suggest a 007-Kennedy summit, but by the time it entered production JFK had been felled and Lyndon … Continue reading

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You can watch it all on TV…

Blofeld: “You can watch it all on TV. It’s the last programme you’re likely to see.” Bond: “Well, if I’m going to be forced to watch television, may I smoke?” Roald Dahl had already registered his antagonism towards television in … Continue reading

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From a Lethal Viewpoint

The gunbarrel sequence that opens all but two of the official Bond movies is surely one of the smartest pieces of branding in movie history. Immediately you know you’re watching a Bond film, and its absence makes the most recent … Continue reading

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