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Updated: 2018-02-18T04:47:38.694-08:00

 



007 MUSIC EVENT

2018-02-16T09:08:37.013-08:00

Event alert: The London Film Museum will be hosting a special event on March 20th featuring BOND composers in conversation. From the press release: Bond in Motion Presents: James Bond Lyricist Don Black & Composer David Arnold in Conversation with Edith Bowman. Tickets are now on sale for the first in a series of events celebrating the talented specialists behind the James Bond films. Lyricist Don Black and composer David Arnold will be in conversation with broadcaster and writer Edith Bowman on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at the London Film Museum, home to the Bond in Motion exhibition. Bowman will be talking to Black and Arnold about the songwriting process and the inspiration for their songs. Award-winning lyricist, Black has written over a hundred songs for motion pictures including a quintet of James Bond theme songs - Thunderball, Diamonds Are Forever, The Man With The Golden Gun, ‘Surrender’ from Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World is Not Enough. A fan of the James Bond film series and its music from an early age, Arnold is best known for scoring Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. A huge movie fan and respected film presenter, broadcaster Edith Bowman has hosted TV and radio shows across all the major networks. She has her own successful podcast, Soundtracking, which explores the relationship between film and music. The evening will commence at 6:30 pm with a Champagne Bollinger reception during which guests may enjoy the Bond in Motion exhibition which features over 100 original items from the long-running film franchise including cars, boats, motorbikes, concept drawings, storyboards, costumes, and model miniatures. The event will finish at 8 pm." More info here. Enjoy!Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Thunderball Event, Mission to India, Mort Walker Celebration,  Peter Wyngarde Celebration, Batman 66 Exhibit, Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, Karen Romanko Interview, Mod Tales 2, Umbrella Man: Patrick Macnee, New Beatles Film, The Curious Camera, Esterel Fashion 1966, Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview, 007 Tribute Covers, The Phantom Avon novels return, Ian Fleming Festival, Argoman Design, Sylvia Anders[...]



THUNDERBALL EVENT

2018-02-15T07:58:27.524-08:00

Event alert: The Cinema Museum in London will host a spacial screening of Thunderball on May 5th with a live Q&A. From the press release: "Starring Sir Sean Connery, Thunderball (1965) is one of the most acclaimed James Bond films, but it’s also the most controversial – thanks to the legal disputes that surrounded its release. Writer Luis Abbou Planisi has published two books on James Bond that include interviews with Dame Judi Dench, Caroline Munro, Martine Beswick, John Glen and Valerie Leon among others. Luis will introduce Thunderball and talk about his latest book, published last December. After the screening, Sylvan Mason – daughter of screenwriter of the film, Jack Whittingham – will join Luis for a Q&A about the film, her father and Bond. Sylvan not only knows behind-the-scenes details about the film and the subsequent court trial, but she also keeps, as Moneypenny would do, all the documents, unpublished photos and letters between her father, producer Kevin McClory and author Ian Fleming. For your ears and eyes only! Doors open at 18.30, for a 19.00 start." The Cinema Museum is just a short walk from the Elephant & Castle tube station. More info about the event here.Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Mission to India, Mort Walker Celebration,  Peter Wyngarde Celebration, Batman 66 Exhibit, Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, Karen Romanko Interview, Mod Tales 2, Umbrella Man: Patrick Macnee, New Beatles Film, The Curious Camera, Esterel Fashion 1966, Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview, 007 Tribute Covers, The Phantom Avon novels return, Ian Fleming Festival, Argoman Design, Sylvia Anderson R.I.P., Ken Adam R.I.P., George Martin R.I.P., The New Avengers Comics, The Phantom at 80, 007 Manga, Avengerworld Book, Diana Rigg Auto Show, The Prisoner Audio Drama Review.[...]



VALENTINES 66

2018-02-14T09:30:53.035-08:00

Holy heartthrob! Spy Vibe returns to those school days, when friendships were solidified over valentines cards and candy hearts. February brought a crop of card-packs to stationary stores around the country, luring young buyers with designs based on the pop icons of the day. In 1966, kids were in the throes of Batmania! Sales of the Batman comic book had dwindled to an all-time low by the mid-1960s, but the Adam West TV show conquered the airwaves and reinvigorated DC publishing. It was a Bat-merchandising phenomenon! Children were soon brushing their teeth with Bat-brushes, waking up to Bat-alarm clocks, and carrying their peanut butter sandwiches to school in Bat-lunch boxes. Even Valentines Day quickly fell under the Bat-spell. The TV series made its debut on January 12th, 1966.  By February 14th -one month later- little shoppers found cards designed by Doubl Glo and Hallmark. The Doubl Glo set sold for .59 and included envelops and a "special card for teacher." Thanks to cartoonist Mark Anderson for posting these (and more!) on his site. Related post: Soviet New Years, Batman 66 Exhibit, Interview: Batman '66 Book, Interview: Ralph Garman and Ty Templeton, Interview: Animation Designer Shane Glines, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Batman TV and Manga releases, Batman 66: The TV Stories Book, Batman in Swinging London, Julie Newmar, Batman 66 posters, Adam West Sings!, Adam West spy ad, Spy Vibe visits the Batcave, James Bond & Batman Robots, Andy Warhol Batman, Man From UNCLE & Batman Manga. Enjoy!Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Mission to India, Mort Walker Celebration,  Peter Wyngarde Celebration, Batman 66 Exhibit, Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, Karen Romanko Interview, Mod Tales 2, Umbrella Man: Patrick Macnee, New Beatles Film, The Curious Camera, Esterel Fashion 1966, Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview, 007 Tribute Covers, The Phantom Avon novels return, Ian Fleming Festival, Argoman Design, Sylvia Anderson R.I.P., Ken Adam R.I.P., George Martin R.I.P., The New Avengers Comics, The Phantom at 80, 007 Manga, Aveng[...]



MISSION TO INDIA

2018-02-11T19:49:20.645-08:00

Exhibit alert: The Beatles and Ravi Shankar celebrated in two new exhibits. It was 50 years ago this month that The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh in northern India to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Inspired by George Harrison's continued exploration of Indian spirituality, the group joined their partners and associates, as well as other acolytes (including Mike Love, Donovan, and Mia Farrow) to study Transcendental Meditation. Harrison later said Ringo Starr stayed long enough to dip his toe in the water (only ten days), but Paul McCartney meditated for a month, and George Harrison and John Lennon stayed on for six weeks. After the pressures of producing Pepper and Magical Mystery Tour, the group's time in India became a well-deserved retreat. Many songs from the White Album were written during their stay. And coupled with Ravi Shankar's tireless work as international ambassador of Indian music, The Beatles helped to shine new light on that part of the world and helped to popularize Indian culture and meditation in the west. This part of the 1960s tale is being celebrated in two new museum exhibits! If your only exposure to Indian culture or sitar music is its incongruous placement in 60s genre films as code for 'spaced out', I urge Spy Vibers to explore these rich traditions of discipline and expression further. And if you are visiting filming locations from The Avengers, The Saint, and other 1960s spy shows, stop in at nearby Bhaktivedanta Manor, the Krishna center Harrison helped to create (and where you can see the George Harrison tribute garden). Below: One of Harrison's fisheye portraits taken during his 1966 trip to India. The Beatles Story in Liverpool have opened a new exhibit that highlights The Beatles in India, as well as Harrison's long friendship and collaborations with Ravi Shankar. From the press release: "Opening in February 2018 at the award-winning The Beatles Story in Liverpool, the new exhibition will look at this key and relatively unknown part of the Beatles’ story with never-before-seen memorabilia, imagery and personal accounts from the people who were there with the band in 1968. A sitar used by Ravi Shankar will go onto display within the new immersive area, loaned to The Beatles Story by the Ravi Shankar Foundation. As George Harrison’s mentor, Ravi’s influence on the Beatle ultimately helped to popularise the use of Indian instruments in 1960s pop music. The exhibit will also include photography from Paul Saltzman (who took the image above here) a sound engineer for the National Film Board of Canada at the time, who photographed The Beatles during their stay. He is responsible for some of the most iconic and intimate images of the Fab Four in India. Pattie Boyd, former wife to George Harrison, and her sister Jenny Boyd, who were amongst the star-studded list of attendees in India, will be providing their personal insight into the time. The exhibit will look at the groups’ inspiration for the trip, their introduction into Transcendental Meditation as well as the songs they worked on in advance of their influential double-disc White Album.Speaking about her involvement, Pattie Boyd said: “I am delighted to have been invited to be a part of The Beatles Story's new ‘Beatles In India’ exhibition, marking the 50th anniversary of the trip to Rishikesh. It really was a special, magical time; forming many memories and, of course, an abundance of great Beatles music. I look forward to sharing thoughts and memories of India as part of the exhibition”. 2018 will also recognise what would have been George Harrison’s 75th birthday - the Beatle celebrated his 25th birthday with friends at the Ashram. Celebrations for this will form part of a year-long programme of unique Indian-inspired events, workshops and Q&A sessions. The new exhibit will be one of the highlights during a year in which Liverpool celebrates its fantastic cultural offering, ten years after the [...]



NEW 007 NOVEL ANNOUNCED

2018-02-08T11:13:44.947-08:00

Ian Fleming Publications announced today the upcoming release of the next James Bond continuation novel. Author Anthony Horowitz (Alex Rider series) is back to pen the book! Spy Vibers will recall his last outing, Trigger Mortis, was an historic event because of the inclusion of unpublished Ian Fleming material and the appearance of Goldfinger character, Pussy Galore. And with the upcoming story, titled Forever and a Day, slated to be a prequel to Casino Royale, Horowitz has once again approached his duties on 007 with a sense of history. From the press release: '007 is dead’ FOREVER AND A DAY: explosive prequel to Casino Royale by Anthony Horowitz announced. Anthony Horowitz’s second James Bond novel using original material by Ian Fleming will be published on Thursday 31 May 2018. Forever and a Day is a prequel to Casino Royale, Fleming’s first 007 novel, and will explore the origins of the world’s most famous secret agent." Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz will be published in print, ebook and audio editions on 31 May 2018 by Jonathan Cape, an imprint of Vintage Publishing, in the UK and Commonwealth. ‘M laid down his pipe and stared at it tetchily. “We have no choice. We’re just going to bring forward this other chap you’ve been preparing. But you didn’t tell me his name.”“It’s Bond, sir,” the Chief of Staff replied.“James Bond.”’"The sea keeps its secrets. But not this time. One body. Three bullets. 007 floats in the waters of Marseille, killed by an unknown hand. It’s time for a new agent to step up. Time for a new weapon in the war against organised crime.  It’s time for James Bond to earn his licence to kill. This is the story of the birth of a legend, in the brutal underworld of the French Riviera.""I couldn't have been happier when the Ian Fleming estate invited me back to write a second Bond. I very much enjoyed writing Forever and a Day, exploring what might have been Bond’s first mission and imagining some of the forces that might have turned him into the iconic figure that the whole world knows. I hope Ian Fleming would have approved!" – Anthony Horowitz "This is an excellent novel in the best tradition of Ian Fleming. His family would like to congratulate Anthony on such a superb achievement" – Fergus Fleming, nephew of Ian Fleming and Chairman of Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. "Anthony Horowitz has written the ultimate Bond novel – Forever and a Day is a thrilling ride from the very first page. It’s a book that will not only appeal to Bond fans but it will introduce Bond to a whole new generation of readers with the extraordinary story of how he got his licence to kill." – Michal Shavit, Publishing Director, Jonathan Cape Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Mort Walker Celebration,  Peter Wyngarde Celebration, Batman 66 Exhibit, Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe[...]



BILLY FURY EVENT

2018-02-05T12:29:39.189-08:00

Event alert: In celebration of the new book about UK singing star Billy Fury, Halfway to Paradise: The Life of Billy Fury, the British Music Experience in Liverpool is hosting a special event on April 26th about Fury's career. There will also be special artifacts owned by the artist on display. From the press release: "We are delighted to be involved with this wonderful evening to celebrate all things Billy Fury - one of Liverpool's greatest son's and arguably Britain's first rock'n'roll star. Join us in the wonderful surroundings of the British Music Experience in the Cunard Building - just up the road from the glorious Billy Fury statue on the riverfront - as authors David & Caroline Stafford discuss their book "Halfway to Paradise - The Life of Billy Fury" with Liverpool music writer and journalist Paul Fitzgerald. To make this event even more special BME will have a small dedicated Billy Fury display including a guitar owned and played by Billy, and rare memorabilia. 'There's only ever been two English rock 'n' roll singers,' Ian Dury said, 'Johnny Rotten and Billy Fury.' Butter adverts have tainted Johnny's status, but Billy's combination of beauty, sex, innocence, talent, charisma and vulnerability has never been matched. The Sound of Fury, his first L.P., is still widely revered as the best British rock'n'roll record ever made. When he first appeared on TV, a generation of teenagers found true love, and his post-rock'n'roll heartbreak ballads were the essential soundtrack to adolescent angst. In 1973, he was brought out of semi-retirement to play Stormy Tempest - to some extent a parody of himself - in the movie That'll Be The Day. The magic rose above the parody. He never knew how not to be magnificent. David and Caroline Stafford guide the reader through Billy's troubled childhood in Liverpool, via gold and silver lame, to his later years as a farming ornithologist, and his comeback cut short by his premature death. Billy Fury was a key figure on that watershed between post-war privations and sixties excess. He knew everybody, auditioned the Beatles to be his backing band, met and outhandsomed Elvis, partied with Keith Moon and hosted acid parties. Yet, throughout the mayhem, he always remained true to himself- diffident and amused. Halfway To Paradise tells the full story with the compassion and affection due to an artist who, decades after his death, still has the power to command admiration and adoration. Join us for what looks set to be an enjoyable and fascinating evening as we celebrate one of Liverpool's finest musical legends. Tickets will go fast so get yours soon." More info and ticket sales here. You can pick up the new book (out April 19th) at AmazonUK and Amazon.  I highly recommend The British Music Experience, by the way. I visited the museum last summer and was very impressed with the collection of original instruments, costumes, and other artifacts that literally take the viewer from the early days of Trad Jazz and Skiffle through the 1960s and beyond to contemporary pop. I wrote a piece about it for jazz legend Chis Barber's website here. Enjoy!Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Mort Walker Celebration,  Peter Wyngarde Celebration, Batman 66 Exhibit, Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million,&nb[...]



NETWORK SALE

2018-02-03T07:53:57.978-08:00

Deal alert: UK distributor Network is currently running a Winter Sale on select items. Spy Vibers can now get 40% off DVD titles such as Danger Man, as well as soundtracks from Danger Man, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), and Man in a Suitcase. Also included is the book Callan: Under the Red File by my friend Andrew Pixley. Sale ends Friday February 9th at 4:30PM (GMT). More information here. Enjoy! Check out Spy Vibe's recent Mort Walker Celebration. Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Mort Walker Celebration,  Peter Wyngarde Celebration, Batman 66 Exhibit, Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, Karen Romanko Interview, Mod Tales 2, Umbrella Man: Patrick Macnee, New Beatles Film, The Curious Camera, Esterel Fashion 1966, Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview, 007 Tribute Covers, The Phantom Avon novels return, Ian Fleming Festival, Argoman Design, Sylvia Anderson R.I.P., Ken Adam R.I.P., George Martin R.I.P., The New Avengers Comics, The Phantom at 80, 007 Manga, Avengerworld Book, Diana Rigg Auto Show, The Prisoner Audio Drama Review.[...]



MORT WALKER CELEBRATION

2018-01-31T14:33:59.002-08:00

I had the great fortune to collaborate with cartoonist Mort Walker on a biographical project, which resulted in the book, Mort Walker Conversations. And ironically, I was at a convention last Saturday talking to kids and fans about our book and about Mort’s career when I received the early e-mail: Mort had passed away that morning. Many tributes have since poured in from around the world and I would like to add my personal experiences with Walker to the collective celebration of his life. Our time together, and our continued correspondence, gave me some insights into the man behind the comics. [Below: Walker in his studio in the early 1970s].Publishing professionally as a child prodigy at the age of eleven, and going on to hold numerous positions as an editor, designer, and creator of nine syndicated strips, it is ironic that Walker’s most recognized character (Beetle Bailey) is known as the laziest fellow in the funny pages. Mort Walker caught the cartooning bug as a child, and by fourth grade he was publishing cartoons in his school newspaper.  A product of The Great Depression, Mort learned early on to be industrious and inventive in the face of hardship. The family had very little, and sometimes lived without electricity or plumbing. Walker has quipped that he found his philosophy during that period: "Poverty sucks." But as FDR said, "It isn't sufficient just to want - you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want." For Walker, that meant a tireless commitment to hard work and to evoke that most important ingredient in life- the belly laugh.     For Walker, that was a true labor of love. On January 24th, 1936, at the age of thirteen and home sick with the flu, he wrote in his diary, "Today the paper comes out that maybe will have my comic strip in it. Some of the boys from school came over to see me. Everybody tells me I should come back to school or I won’t graduate. I have been waiting impatiently for the paper. I came downstairs to see if it had come yet. Daddy was grinning from ear to ear. My comic strip was in it. My first printed strip. Boy, am I excited and proud!" I believe that snapshot of the boy cartoonist summed up Walker’s character and revealed a childlike excitement that never faded over an eighty-year career. While most children pursued traditional amusements, young Walker became an avid collector of original comic artwork. He often wrote to his heroes, asking for the art that would one day become the groundwork to the International Museum of Cartoon Art. "I always loved collecting cartoons," he told his assistant Bill Janocha in their interview in 2003. "I wrote away to the creators when I was a little boy. I had them all over my wall."  Frank Willard was one of the many cartoonists who replied, inscribing an original 1933 Moon Mullins, "Say Morton, those drawings you sent me were swell - I'll bet you'll be a big shot cartoonist someday." That was an understament. Walker was chief editorial designer of Hallmank Cards by 1941, leading gag cartoonist for magazine publications by 1950, syndicated nine comic strips over the years (including Beetle Bailey and Hi and Lois), and won multiple awards in his field. He dedicated his ever-growing collection of original comic art to his museum, which thrilled visitors (including me as a kid) between 1974 and 2002. The work was later donated in 2008 as a resource to the Billy IrelandCartoon Library at Museum at Ohio State University. [Below: Cold War-era cover of Dell's Beetle Bailey comic].His parents planted some of the essential seeds at home. Walker’s father, Robin, was famous around the house for inventing all kinds of things, including numerous failed attempts at finding a cure for baldness. In our conversation in 2003, he told me, "My father was an architect, artist, musician, [...]



JOSEPH MAGNIN

2018-01-30T19:54:51.732-08:00

Joseph Magnin was a high-end department store in San Francisco, known for its sophisticated ads and famous cliental (including Marilyn Monroe and Ladybird Johnson). Apparently the shop also had a men-only section with a clublike atmosphere called the "Wolves Den", where guys could shop, drink cocktails, ogle sales ladies, and smoke cigars (that part sounds old fashion, doesn't it?). During its final years under original family management in the late 1960s, the advertisements reflected the clean graphics, geometric fashion designs, and focus on youth culture during the era. Many of the advertisements also highlighted the work of illustrator Betty Brader. Here are a few examples below. More info at The Department Store Museum. Thanks to my pal Jhalal Drut for showing me the black and white ads. I love seeing the space-age fashion, nod to Op Art, PVC jacket and cap! Enjoy! Lastly, stay tuned for my extended tribute to cartoonist Mort Walker, who passed away on Saturday. Mort and I collaborated on a biographical project and he was a dear friend. Be well, Spy Vibers!Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Peter Wyngarde Celebration, Batman 66 Exhibit, Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, Karen Romanko Interview, Mod Tales 2, Umbrella Man: Patrick Macnee, New Beatles Film, The Curious Camera, Esterel Fashion 1966, Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview, 007 Tribute Covers, The Phantom Avon novels return, Ian Fleming Festival, Argoman Design, Sylvia Anderson R.I.P., Ken Adam R.I.P., George Martin R.I.P., The New Avengers Comics, The Phantom at 80, 007 Manga, Avengerworld Book, Diana Rigg Auto Show, The Prisoner Audio Drama Review.[...]



THIRD NINJA

2018-01-26T16:08:34.600-08:00

Happy Friday, Spy Vibers! It's been one of those busy teaching weeks for me. My filmmakers and photographers are starting new projects, the drawing and design kids are looking at Pop Surrealism, and my Beatles class just passed the White Album and Let it Be and are rounding toward Abbey Road. This is to say, I haven't been able to update daily as I always hope to do, but hopefully it gave readers time to absorb our tribute to Peter Wyngarde (Jason King) and check out his amazing career. There have been a few items that crossed my radar lately that I hope to explore in depth soon. There is talk of a new show based on the original Avengers series. and Tom Cruise just announced his next Mission Impossible film will be called Mission Impossible: Fallout. So very few projects based on 1960s properties actually work, so I remain cautiously optimistic. More on these later. With very little time lately to explore and research, I have been looking at some very cool items from sixties Japan. Today I just want to spotlight The Third Ninja (Daisan no Ninja).  Ninja films in general are interesting because their action is rooted in intrigue, espionage, sabotage, and assassination- think James Bond in a black hood. Just as producers in the US were looking back into history as a stage for hero/adventure stories in the guise of Westerns during the early Cold War, so did Japanese creators find inspiration in tales of Samurai and, more to our focus, Ninja. As our own Westerns went back to the early days of serialized fiction, silent films, radio, and the Pulps, Ninja sagas had also been popular for decades. But a bonafide Ninja boom sparked in Japan with the launch of the Sinobi no Mono series. Fans have likened the rise in popularity to Dr. No, which launched the ever-growing Bond franchise and its many spinoffs. One of the great films riding the Ninja wave was The Third Ninja (Daisan no Ninja), which arrived on the big screen in March, 1964. The story revolved around a web of 16th Century Ninja caught in the middle of intrigue and conflict between Takeda Shingen and Oda Nobunaga. But simply put, the movie was a dynamic whirlwind of cinematic scenes portraying cool conventions like battles with gadgets, throwing stars, and swords, booby traps, daring escapes, and Ninja skills. Some of the wire-action was less effective, but fun nonetheless. And every time a character made a slo-mo leap through the air, I found myself listening for the Six-Million Dollar Man sound effect. In this scene below, we see a very cool (and tricky) infiltration over a nightingale floor, classic battles in tall grass, and super climax fight with throwing stars in a nighttime garden. The movie also has beautiful Noirish cinematography. Check it out. Enjoy! allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/u5pFP_Szans" width="515">Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Peter Wyngarde Celebration, Batman 66 Exhibit, Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert,&n[...]



PETER WYNGARDE CELEBRATION

2018-01-20T19:21:50.049-08:00

Beloved actor Peter Wyngarde passed away this week. Wyngarde began his career with a number of stage performances between the late 1940s and mid-1950s, most notably appearing in productions with Alec Guinness and Vivien Leigh. He had an uncredited role in the 1949 Hammer film about a special agent, Dick Barton Strikes Back, and appeared with Deborah Kerr in the 1961 gothic horror film, The Innocents. 1962 offered a memorable role in Burn Witch Burn (Night of the Eagle), and genre fans may remember his role as Klytus in Flash Gordon (1980). But it was on the small screen Wyngarde truly made his mark on the culture. He appeared in a number of early ITC and BBC productions, notably A Tale of Two Cities (1957), The Adventures of Ben Gunn (1958), BBC Sunday Night Theatre, and Armchair Theatre. As the spy boom picked up momentum, Wyngarde brought his sharp mind and flair to many of the popular series of the day, including The Baron, The Saint, I Spy, and The Champions. In 1966 he portrayed John Cartney, the ruthless leader of a modern-day Hellfire Club, in The Avengers ("A Touch of Brimstone")- infamous for his scenes of club debauchery and a climax where he whipped Mrs. Peel (dressed as "Queen of Sin"). He followed up in the 1967 episode "Epic", where he played a number of roles in a string of wonderful (and witty) scenes based on classic cliffhangers and movie tropes. In 1967 he was chosen by Patrick McGoohan to play Number 2 in The Prisoner episode "Checkmate". When I interviewed Wyngarde in 2016 in preparations for my upcoming Spy Vibe book, he said "I genuinely believe that The Prisoner is the greatest television show ever made. Patrick had a great vision - like Mozart could see all the notes in his head, Patrick was the same with every individual character and scene. He was a visionary." Despite Wyngarde's brilliant mind and electric energy, stardom seemed to pass him by. But all that changed when he was cast as Jason King in the ITC series Department S in 1969. Wyngarde's character, part of a trio charged with investigating baffling crimes and intrigue, was written as an adventure novelist-turned-sleuth who used his vast powers of imagination, discerning tastes, and creativity to help lead his team to success. The series ran for two seasons, and then Wyngarde carried on as the star of his own show, Jason King, from 1971-1972. The flamboyance of the character's design was truly a product of the era and it has been said that Mike Myers had him in mind as one of the inspirations for Austin Powers. Wyngarde brought a wonderful sense of style and humor to the role of Jason King. And the importance of style was highlighted in one of my favorite scenes, where the baddies pressured King into divulging information by brutally torturing- his clothes! I asked him about Jason King in our 2016 interview: "With Jason King, I had more of an opportunity to stamp my own personality on to him quite a lot. I got to name the character and I wore a lot of my own clothes. The actual J.K. “look” came about accidently. I was appearing in a play called ‘The Duel’ in London’s West End at the time I was signed to play Jason, in which I was cast in the role of a character called Nickolay von Koren. I’d grown my hair and a 19th century-style moustache, which has since been mistakenly referred to as ‘Viva Zapata’ or Mexican, which is completely wrong. The turn-back cuffs came about when we were filming in Venice, and I lost a cufflink in a canal. Not knowing what to do, I just turned them back and it started a fashion in the UK. Of course, Jason King reflected the attitudes of the time. He was very chauvinistic and women, in general, were treated like sex objects. It simply wo[...]



REMEMBERING COURREGES

2018-01-17T10:14:57.628-08:00

A few days before David Bowie passed away (January, 2016), we lost another great artist with a knack for futuristic thinking, Andre Courreges (1923-2016). It was odd that, while I contemplated the French designer of the famous Moon Girl look from the 1960s, we should then also lose the great interpreter of the future in Bowie. We also lost Beatles producer George Martin. It was a tough year for Spy Vibers. Designer Andre Courreges rose up as a young talent in Balenciaga in the 1950s and opened his own salon at the dawn of the decade in 1961. He shared credit with Mary Quant for creating the mini skirt, and by 1964, established his space-inspired collections of white plastic boots, stiff helmets, joke glasses (some inspired by traditional Inuit designs), and playful slim outfits sporting cut-outs and Op Art elements. He even designed a prototype Bubble car, which later spawned a new electric model. His vision of combining synthetic materials, metals, white, and silver- and working with young models of the era- helped to define the androgynous Space Age look of the 1960s. Where would be without the mini and his white go-go boots? About her husband, Couqueline Courreges said, "He saw with eyes of his generation- it was a time of missiles to the moon." Artist Andy Warhol said, "His clothes are so beautiful, everyone should look the same, dressed in silver." Courreges was 92. Some gems below: Dali in Courreges glasses, fashion show reversals, and the designer at home in his futuristic apartment (image source: Getty). Learn more at The Guardian. Shop for vintage outfits here. Additional note: Spy Vibers may also remember designer John Bates helped champion the mini skirt before it became mainstream by dressing Diana Rigg's character Emma Peel in a mini in The Avengers. Enjoy!Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Batman 66 Exhibit, Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, Karen Romanko Interview, Mod Tales 2, Umbrella Man:[...]



U.N.C.L.E. SCREENING

2018-01-13T23:26:53.076-08:00

Event Alert: The Bal Theatre in San Leandro, CA is hosting a special night this Saturday to celebrate the classic 1960s spy vibe! "The Spy Show: Movie, Martinis and Music" kicks off with a rare big-screen showing of one of the original 1960s Man From U.N.C.L.E. films, To Trap A Spy! The movie was created in 1964 primarily for foreign markets by editing additional scenes with Luciana Paluzzi (Thunderball) into the pilot episode, Solo (The Vulcan Affair). Will Kuluva appears as Mr. Allison (pre-Waverly), and the baddie organization in the film is known as WASP (rather than Thrush). This feature-length U.N.C.L.E. adventure toured theaters in Asia and Europe between 1964-1965, making a later stop in the US in 1966. Seldom seen since then, so I urge Spy Vibers to try to get there if you are nearby. The special event at the Bal Theatre also includes cocktails and a live spy-tune performance by The Reverbivores and Agency EL84, starting at 8:00. Doors open at 5:00. More info here. Thanks to Cinema Retro for the heads up! Related links: Spy School, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Robert Vaughn R.I.P., 1966 Pep Spies, UNCLE Fashions, UNCLE Island Music, German UNCLE, McCallum Hullabaloo, New McCallum Novel, Notes From UNCLE Event, UNCLE School, Agente Secreto Comics, Der Mann Von UNCLE, Japanese UNCLE editions, UNCLE Gun, UNCLE Turns 50, UK Comics, UNCLE Manga.  Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Batman 66 Exhibit, Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, Karen Romanko Interview, Mod Tales 2, Umbrella Man: Patrick Macnee, New Beatles Film, The Curious Camera, Esterel Fashion 1966, Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview, 007 Tribute Covers, The Phantom Avon novels return, Ian Fleming Festival, Argoman Design, Sylvia Anderson R.I.P., Ke[...]



BOWIE DAY

2018-01-09T13:33:22.587-08:00

Happy Birthday David Bowie! Like many teenagers in the early 1960s, David Bowie was inspired by American music. He took up the saxophone and guitar and formed a string of bands that played blues and rock covers for parties and local entertainment. As a keen student of graphic design, art, and mime (!), his Mod beginnings transformed over the years as he explored areas of musical and theatrical production that we can now recognize as era-defining (1960s Mod, poet, 1970s glam, soul, experimental, electronic, dance, 1980s pop, cyber punk, jungle, etc). If an artist is always in the state of becoming, Bowie spent a lifetime trailblazing the outer limits and sending back transmissions of things to come.Bowie stayed in the fast lane for forty years, releasing albums and pursuing his acting career, until a heart attack on stage in 2004 made him take stock. There was a nine-year hiatus with few appearances, and it looked like the limelight had been traded for quality time as a stay-at-home dad. He surprised everyone in 2013, however, with an outstanding new album called The Next Day, which was released during a flurry of Bowie-related art shows and a massive retrospective at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The V&A exhibit celebrating his career in music, fashion, graphic arts, fine art, and set design was captured in the illustrated book David Bowie Is. Catch the exhibit tour- now in NYC, I think. Bowie surprised everyone when he announced that he had recorded the new album in secret- his first record in ten years. The Next Day, quickly went to number one in charts around the globe. With few exceptions, the vibe of the album is energetic and experimental. Bowie also seemed to mine his Berlin period with Brian Eno and Iggy Pop in the 1970s by re-exploring the theme of Berlin in some of the tunes, most notably Where Are We Now? (does the mention to Potsdamer Platz reference his own time there or perhaps Wings of Desire by Win Wenders?). The cover image itself was a re-appropriated version of Heroes. Fans enjoyed spotting various references to Bowie's past, including a connection between Five Years (Ziggy Stardust/1972) and the track, You Feel So Lonely You Could Die. Besides its sweet echo of Presley's Heartbreak Hotel, the more interesting layer to this song was its thematic connection to tradecraft and the dirty business of espionage. Although some have speculated connections to medieval brutality, one cannot miss the spy references to dead drops, secrets, betrayal, and assassination. I can't help but conjure up images of Deighton's Berlin stories, Le Carre's The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, and the dark sad truth of East Germany's network of informants and agents during Bowie's years in Berlin. Bowie starred in a video for the track The Stars (Are Out Tonight) with the wonderful Tilda Swinton, who also made the opening speech for the David Bowie retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Swinton herself had an artistic fascination with Berlin. She made an an experimental film study of the Berlin Wall in 1988 called Cycling the Frame. Twenty-one years later she starred in a marvelous and meditative film that re-examined the presence -even in its absence- of the Wall called The Invisible Frame (2009). The film invited the viewer to travel with Swinton by bicycle along the scars and remnants of the Wall, an experience that became a long portrait of the city and of the perceptions of identity and territory. Feel So Lonely You Could DieBy David Bowie (2013)No-one ever saw you Moving through the d[...]



SPY-FI BLU 2

2018-01-05T18:51:02.074-08:00

UK distributor Network has announced the next wave in their campaign to release some classic 1960s Spy-Fi series in remastered Blu-ray editions. They are now accepting pre-orders for a rare feature-length Man in a Suitcase story and the second batch of episodes from Gerry Anderson's Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Released in installments, as Network did with TV series like Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), fans can chip away at collecting each volume without facing large fees up front (and I imagine this system also helps Network make smaller investments based on demand). From the press release: "Man in a Suitcase stars Richard Bradford in a career-defining role as McGill, a discredited ex-CIA agent reduced to working as a private investigator. Now traveling the world as a gun for hire, McGill has an unorthodox approach and a strong sense of personal integrity that often brings him into conflict with both his employers and the authorities – and makes him more enemies than friends. To Chase a Million (1967)- the exceptionally rare, feature-length version of Variation on a Million Bucks - is presented here in its original widescreen theatrical aspect ratio from a brand-new High Definition remaster from the original 35mm film elements." I've often thought of Network as the Criterion Collection for 1960s cult spy shows. They pay attention to details and really make an effort to bring fans the most beautiful prints possible. It's great they are including this feature-length version in the collection. Check out Man in a Suitcase Volume 1 info here. The other series up for a new pre-order is Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Bringing together all the elements that we usually love about Gerry Anderson (spy-fi adventure, art direction, sets, vehicles, costumes, and music), Captain Scarlet also serves as an interesting time capsule of the alienation and paranoia rooted in the later Cold War 1960s (Related Spy Vibe post: Prisoner Scarlet 50th). From the press release: "One of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's best-loved series, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons brought a new level of realism and sophistication to Century 21's endlessly popular Supermarionation productions. To mark its fiftieth anniversary, the series has been remastered in HD from the original 35mm film elements for this Blu-ray edition – it has never looked better! The year is 2068; after a misunderstanding leading to an attack on their Martian city, the Mysterons declare war on the inhabitants of Earth. Ranged against this devastatingly powerful enemy is Spectrum, a worldwide security organisation – its leading operative: Captain Scarlet. Having been captured and replicated by the Mysterons, but breaking free of their control, he now possesses extraordinary powers that make him Spectrum's most powerful agent in the fight to save humanity!" Episodes in Vol 2 include: Seek and Destroy, Spectrum Strikes Back, Avalanche, Shadow of Fear, The Heart of New York, Fire at Rig 15, The Launching, Lunarville 7. I can vouch for the quality of Captain Scarlet Vol 1 The show looks amazing! And the news gets even better- so far these Blu-ray editions seems to be region-free (my Scarlet Vol 1 plays easily in both my region 1 and region 2 players). Enjoy!Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Batman 66 Exhibit, Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Retur[...]



HAPPY NEW YEAR

2017-12-31T10:09:19.735-08:00

As the Cold War seemed to slip even further back into our lives in 2017, I thought it would be interesting to share these Soviets-in-Space cards. Happy New Year! с Новым годом to you secret agents and astronauts! Celebrate the new year with Spy Vibe and Soviet-era New Year card illustrations. May all of us ride the rocket of progress and efficiency in 2018. The first image is from David Portree's collection and commemorates Voskhod ("sunrise"), the first multi-person mission launched in 1964. You can read about the history behind the image at Wired here, and about the first Soviet spacewalk from Voskhod in 1965 here. There is a nice collection of cards and posters at Retronaut here. In other news, check out my episodes of Cocktail Nation radio as I introduce some of the great spy classics and soundtracks: Episode #1 (Danger Man) and Episode #2 (The 10th Victim), Epsiode #3 (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Episode #4 (Roger Moore/The Saint), and Episode #5 (The Avengers), Episode #6 (The Prisoner), and Episode #7 (The Ipcress File), Episode #8 (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). Enjoy!Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Batman 66 Exhibit, Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, Karen Romanko Interview, Mod Tales 2, Umbrella Man: Patrick Macnee, New Beatles Film, The Curious Camera, Esterel Fashion 1966, Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview, 007 Tribute Covers, The Phantom Avon novels return, Ian Fleming Festival, Argoman Design, Sylvia Anderson R.I.P., Ken Adam R.I.P., George Martin R.I.P., The New Avengers Comics, The Phantom at 80, 007 Manga, Avengerworld Book, Diana Rigg Auto Show, The Prisoner Audio Drama Review.[...]



BATMAN 66 EXHIBIT

2017-12-30T19:50:04.711-08:00

The Hollywood Museum has announced an exciting new exhibition devoted to the Batman (1966) television series! From the press release: "The exhibit, which will consist of four popular sections (Wayne Manor, The Batcave, Gallery of Guest Super Villains, and The Collectibles of Batman ‘66), will pay tribute to the memory of Adam West and honor the other half of the Dynamic Duo, Burt Ward, and the iconic show, still seen today in the U.S. and around the world weekly. The Batman 66 exhibit will feature original costumes and props from the show, which have not been seen since it originally broadcast from 1966-68. Dadigan says, “We have costumes and props that evoke one’s childhood memories of the ever popular TV series, “Batman”. There is something for everyone – from the Batmobile and Batcycle to Burt and Adam’s original costumes worn during the show’s 120 episode run on ABC TV Network, as well as guest villains – and one of my favorites – the original Dr. Casandra costume worn by TV and film star Ida Lupino, that has never been seen publicly before.” Batman '66 Exhibit runs between January 12th and March 17th. Nothing has been added yet to their website, so check the museum's events calendar on Facebook for details. Atomic batteries to power, turbines to speed! Related posts: Interview: Batman '66 Book, Interview: Ralph Garman and Ty Templeton, Interview: Animation Designer Shane Glines, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Batman TV and Manga releases, Batman 66: The TV Stories Book, Batman in Swinging London, Julie Newmar, Batman 66 posters, Adam West Sings!, Adam West spy ad, Spy Vibe visits the Batcave, James Bond & Batman Robots, Andy Warhol Batman, Man From UNCLE & Batman Manga. Enjoy!Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, K[...]



DIABOLIK EVENT

2017-12-29T12:51:21.683-08:00

Spy Vibers in the LA area: Stop by Quentin Tarantino's Beverly Cinema tomorrow, Saturday December 30th, to catch Mario Bava's Danger Diabolik on the Big Screen! Not only is this a rare chance to see the 1968 classic, but they will be screening an original 35mm print from Tarantino's own collection! Get "Deep Deep Down"!" Film starts at 11:59PM. From the press release: "The psychedelic, swinging ‘60s super-crime caper Danger: Diabolik is a colorful jolt of James-Bond-meets-Batman high camp adventure from legendary director Mario Bava, composer Ennio Morricone and Barbarella producer Dino De Laurentiis! Based on the popular Italian comics, Diabolik (John Phillip Law) is a suave master criminal out for all he can take, seduce or get away with. With his lovely partner (Marisa Mell) on his arm, he’ll have to stay one step ahead of the police with an arsenal of clever gadgets, especially when a jealous underworld kingpin (Thunderball’s Adolfo Celi) teams with the law (Michel Piccoli, Terry-Thomas) to help catch him." More info here. Find out why Danger Diabolik was #1 in Spy Vibe's list of top-ten set designs here. I highly recommend events at the Beverly. One of my favorite outings was to go to LA to see the new Man From U.N.C.L.E. film with fellow writers and collectors, and the evening finished up at the Beverly for a TRIPLE FEATURE of U.N.C.L.E. 1960s movies. And per the theater's mission, only original film prints were screened. I like their style! Enjoy!Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Prisoner Fifty Event, Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, Karen Romanko Interview, Mod Tales 2, Umbrella Man: Patrick Macnee, New Beatles Film, The Curious Camera, Esterel Fashion 1966, Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview, 007 Tribute Covers, The Phantom Avon novels return, Ian Fleming Festival, Argoman Design,&nb[...]



PRISONER FIFTY EVENT

2017-12-27T10:46:19.763-08:00

Event alert: Fifty Years of The Prisoner. If you missed the recent Prisoner 50th anniversary event at Portmeirion, Spy Vibers have another chance to celebrate Patrick McGoohan's TV masterpiece a bit closer to home- just north of London in the heart of 1960s TV spy country! The Unmutual and Quoit Media will be presenting a special celebration of The Prisoner on January 21st. The event will be hosted at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood (across from the original MGM lot), and fans will be treated to special guest appearances from original cast/crew (TBD), Q&A sessions, screenings, and other attractions. I spend time every summer around Elstree Studios, where the mostly unchanged landscape and architecture drops one right back into the world of The Avengers, The Saint, and other classic series. This is a great opportunity to not only see that world, but to also gain access inside Elstree to meet up with Prisoner veterans, experts, and fellow fans. Tickets are not expensive and profits will be benefiting the Ty Gobaith Children's Hospice. Tickets and further info at Quoit Media. Enjoy! Related posts: Interview: The Prisoner Guide, Portmeirion Photography 1, Portmeirion Photography, The Prisoner London Flat, Interview: Police Surgeon, Review: The Prisoner: Audio Vol 2, Alan Hayes Prisoner Audio Review, Interview: Ian Olgivy, Interview: Brian Gorman, Prisoner Supergrass, Prisoner XTC, Prisoner XTC 2, Prisoner DC Fontana, Interview: Avengers Two Against the Underworld, Umbrella Man: Patrick Macnee, Avengers Interview: Mike Richardson, The Saint Interview: Ian Dickerson, Avengers Interview: Rodney Marshall, Avengers Interview Rodney Marshall 2, John Buss Interview, Jaz Wiseman Interview, Village Triangle. Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGi[...]



THE SONICS

2017-12-26T21:44:49.245-08:00

Happy Holidays, Spy Vibers! After many days with a fever, my mind has just started showing signs of climbing back to clarity. Yes, it's been a tough week here at the Spy Vibe lair. But I'm happy to say I had a tiny morsel of attention today and caught this on my radar. The Sonics recorded two Christmas tracks by Gerry Roslie in 1965 to add holiday spice to their garage rock repertoire: I Don't Believe in Christmas and Santa Claus. These guys started out in Washington State in 1960, recorded through the decade, and even had some reunion tours for a number of years. I like their edge in I Don't Believe in Christmas (the tune is derived from Too Much Monkey Business by Chuck Berry). Even though most of us poured over the Sears toy catalogs at Christmas time and dreamed of presents and celebrations, it's nice to see alternative views expressed. Actually, that reminds me of one of my favorite teachers in high school, who later became my colleague when I started teaching. He would always cast the dissenting vote, just to make sure our faculty decisions were fair and considered. He had no patience for BS and always pushed us toward our truth. He helped introduce me to Fellini's films as a kid, and years later we would enjoy chatting about Marcello Mastroianni movies. He passed away about a week ago. He was a true giant and a great mentor. I dedicate these Sonics tracks to David Calicchio. In other news, check out my episodes of Cocktail Nation radio as I introduce some of the great spy classics and soundtracks: Episode #1 (Danger Man) and Episode #2 (The 10th Victim), Epsiode #3 (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Episode #4 (Roger Moore/The Saint), and Episode #5 (The Avengers), Episode #6 (The Prisoner), and Episode #7 (The Ipcress File), Episode #8 (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). Enjoy! allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/T7XJUeHWePw" width="515"> allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qBJDERsbxpc" width="515">Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, [...]



HAPPY HOLIDAYS

2017-12-24T10:46:02.535-08:00

Happy Holidays, Spy Vibers! I hope everyone enjoys some time with friends and family, as well as a well-deserved break. I was set to use this time to work on my upcoming Spy Vibe book, but then the flu intervened. It's been fever and forced rest here at the Spy Vibe lair. But one of my friends suggested we gather around our respective TV sets to watch an Avengers episode. I loved this idea of a virtual gathering, and being the season, I suggested we do Too Many Christmas Trees. First aired on December 25th, 1965, the story centered around a Dickensian costume party weekend at an old mansion, where Steed and Emma faced some feverish psychic infiltration. I really loved the few stories that included more supernatural or sci-fi elements and this one is an all-time fave! It was written by Tony Williamson, who penned many Avengers episodes, as wells stories for Danger Man (Not So Jolly Roger), The Persuaders, Department S, Jason King, The Champions, and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). He also helped develop Adam Adamant Lives!, another great series in his long line of fantasy-adventure programs. Among the cast was Edwin Richfield, who played baddies in six Avengers episodes, as well as in many other shows of the era. I invite Spy Vibers to join us for this viewing of Too Many Christmas Trees and tell us what you think. Enjoy!Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, Karen Romanko Interview, Mod Tales 2, Umbrella Man: Patrick Macnee, New Beatles Film, The Curious Camera, Esterel Fashion 1966, Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview, 007 Tribute Covers, The Phantom Avon novels return, Ian Fleming Festival, Argoman Design, Sylvia Anderson R.I.P., Ken Adam R.I.P.,&nbs[...]



LOUVE SOLITAIRE

2017-12-21T14:13:45.865-08:00

Let's keep the week groovy with this cool clip from La Louve Solitaire (The Golden Claws of the Cat Girl). Made in 1968, this Eurocrime cult classic captured some of the Pop Art vibe of Danger Diabolik (release five months earlier). Based on the French "Lone Wolf" crime novel series by Albert Saine-Aube (not to be mistaken for the Lone Wolf series by American novelist Louis Joseph Vance), the plot of the film centered around the familiar convention of sending a criminal after a bigger criminal in exchange for clemency. We'll further into the series in the future. For now, let's enjoy this feast of pop visuals. In other news, check out my episodes of Cocktail Nation radio as I introduce some of the great spy classics and soundtracks: Episode #1 (Danger Man) and Episode #2 (The 10th Victim), Epsiode #3 (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Episode #4 (Roger Moore/The Saint), and Episode #5 (The Avengers), Episode #6 (The Prisoner), and Episode #7 (The Ipcress File), Episode #8 (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). Enjoy! allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HfeVoaQqiSA" width="515">Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Ian Fleming Publications 2017-2018, Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, Karen Romanko Interview, Mod Tales 2, Umbrella Man: Patrick Macnee, New Beatles Film, The Curious Camera, Esterel Fashion 1966, Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview, 007 Tribute Covers, The Phantom Avon novels return, Ian Fleming Festival, Argoman Design, Sylvia Anderson R.I.P., Ken Adam R.I.P., George Martin R.I.P., The New Avengers Comics, The Phantom at 80,&nbs[...]



FLEMING PUBLICATIONS 2017-2018

2017-12-21T14:08:48.232-08:00

It's been a busy year in the literary world of James Bond, and even more scheduled in 2018! In their end-of-year message, Ian Fleming Publications has announced some exciting projects on the horizon. Looking back over the past year, we have seen the release of Steve Cole's newest installment in the Young Bond series, Red Nemesis. And Dynamite has continued their release of James Bond-related comic books, and have added solo titles featuring both Monneypenny and Felix Leiter in their own missions. Titan Books has continued their efforts to release the original James Bond comic strips in large, remastered format, and this year they published Goldfinger and Octopussy featuring art by John McLusky and Yaroslav Horak, respectively. The Folio Society added Moonraker to their beautiful series of collector editions illustrated by Fay Dalton (save on the series at Folio Society). You can see the first set of four titles below. Macmillan Books republished Fleming's classic YA title Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, with an introduction by Frank Cottrell Boyce. IFP also celebrated the continued release of Fleming novels around the world in different languages, including a new Manx edition of Casino Royale. But top on Spy Vibe's 2017 IFP projects was the new publication of three of Ian Fleming's classic 007 novels: Goldfinger, Live and Let Die, and Casino Royale. These new hardback editions from Vintage Classics are quite special. Not only does Live and Let Die feature the original US text, approved by Fleming, for example, but each volume features an extensive section filled with original-era documents, letters, photographs, and artwork from the Fleming estate. One infamous letter in Goldfinger, for example, shows Fleming counterattacking litigation gestures from the architect, Erno Goldfinger, about the use of his name. Despite Fleming's known displeasure with the designers brutalist buildings, the author made a strong case in the letter (to cover himself?) that the name wasn't so unusual. These historic materials really add value for all of us who are interested in studying Fleming's archive's more closely. Each title also includes a lengthy introduction by Bond expert John Cork, as well as beautiful cover and endpaper designs (see below)  If Spy Vibers are interested in behind-the-scenes ephemera, I highly recommend these three new volumes. Find them on Amazon and AmazonUK. In 2017, IFP also posted on their site Fergus Fleming's introduction to their earlier 60th anniversary edition of The Diamond Smugglers- complete with a rare look at some very cool original artwork from the 1960 Pan paperback edition. Another nice gift to Bond fans! More below. If that wasn't exciting enough, James Bond followers can also look forward to new releases in 2018. In terms of comic book projects, Dynamite plans to publish an M adventure, a new graphic novel adaptation of Casino Royale, and a series of Bond wartime stories. The last is especially great news for fans who prefer period-Bond. Illustrator Fay Dalton will return to 007, as the Folio Society plans to release collector editions of Diamonds Are Forever and Thunderball (Goldfinger was also mentioned in IFP's announcement). A new James Bond novel is on the way by author Anthony Horowitz. This will be the second 007 book penned by the creator of the Alex Rider series. And finally, IFP plans to release a cocktail [...]



KINO BLU SALE

2017-12-18T16:18:48.009-08:00

Deal Alert: Kino Lorber is throwing a "Customer Thank You" sale on many of their Blu-ray editions. With the distributor amping up their catalog of classic serials, mysteries, and spy adventures, Kino has been on my radar a lot lately! The current sale includes cool titles such as Modesty Blaise ($7.49), The High Commissioner ($8.99), OSS 117 Five-Film Collection ($24.99), Shalako (with Sean Connery, Brigitte Bardot, Honor Blackman, $8.99), The Sicilian Clan ($9.99), Thunderbirds Are Go! Thunderbirds 6 double feature ($8.49), What's New Pussycat ($8.99), and When Eight Bells Toll ($8.99). Kino's website has also listed smaller discounts on some excellent classics like the original Fantomas, Les Vampires, Adventures of Captain Marvel, and Daredevils of the Red Circle serials. If you only get one, however, I suggest picking up the OSS 117 collection. It's probably my favorite vintage spy-related purchase this year. Happy viewing! In other news, check out my episodes of Cocktail Nation radio as I introduce some of the great spy classics and soundtracks: Episode #1 (Danger Man) and Episode #2 (The 10th Victim), Epsiode #3 (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Episode #4 (Roger Moore/The Saint), and Episode #5 (The Avengers), Episode #6 (The Prisoner), and Episode #7 (The Ipcress File), Episode #8 (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). Enjoy!Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, Karen Romanko Interview, Mod Tales 2, Umbrella Man: Patrick Macnee, New Beatles Film, The Curious Camera, Esterel Fashion 1966, Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview, 007 Tribute Covers, Th[...]



ROAD RUNNER BO

2017-12-16T19:21:06.616-08:00

Happy Weekend, Spy Vibers! I had just a bit of teaching duties this week and can now relax into a nice break. I'm hoping to get a lot done on my upcoming Spy Vibe book (stay tuned!). Let's get moving with some classic live Bo Diddley- and Road Runner! In other news, check out my episodes of Cocktail Nation radio as I introduce some of the great spy classics and soundtracks: Episode #1 (Danger Man) and Episode #2 (The 10th Victim), Epsiode #3 (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Episode #4 (Roger Moore/The Saint), and Episode #5 (The Avengers), Episode #6 (The Prisoner), and Episode #7 (The Ipcress File), Episode #8 (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). Enjoy! Related post: Bo Diddley, Meet Bo Diddley & the Duchess, Space Age Guitars, Road Runner, Hey Bo Diddley, Shindig, The Duchess & Liberation. allow="encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" gesture="media" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9Hy6EiiNUmA" width="515">Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Interview: Ed Hulse Pulp, Avengers Audio Drama, Interview: Callan At 50, Interview: Playboys, Spies, Private Eyes, TWA Returns, Spy Vibe Radio 8, Interview: Ryan Heshka, Mid-Century Modern Schulz, Agent Werewolf, Mata Hair Exhibit, Johnny Sokko 50th, Interview: Trina Robbins, Eddie Izzard, The Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50th, Hugh Hefner R.I.P., Jack Good R.I.P., Interview: Shaken Not Stirred, Callan 50th, Spy Vibe Radio 7, The Prisoner 50th Event, Spy-Fi Event, Kaho Aso 007, Two Million, Bo Diddley, Carnaby Pop, Le Carre Events, Billy Bragg Skiffle, Elvis 68, Jack Kirby The Prisoner, Casino Royale Concert, Review: The Prisoner Vol 2, Interview: The Prisoner Essential Guide, Maud Russell Mottisfont, Spy Vibe Radio 4, Batman Gallants, Adam West R.I.P., Village Triangle, Roger Moore R.I.P., Spy Vibe Radio 3, Sgt Pepper 50th, Satanik Kriminal OST, 60s Overdrive, Make Love in London, Spy Vibe Radio 2, Spy Vibe Radio 1, James Bond Strips, Propaganda Mabuse, Interview: Police Surgeon, XTC Avengers, 1966 Pep Spies, Batman Book Interview, Exclusive Fleming Interview, Avengers Comic Strips, Robert Vaughn RIP, UNCLE Fashions, Thunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film Guide, Lost Avengers Found, The Callan File, Mission Impossible 50th, Green Hornet 50th, Star Trek 50th, Portmeirion Photography 1, Filming the Prisoner, Gaiman McGinnins Project, Ian Fleming Grave, Revolver at 50, Karen Romanko Interview, Mod Tales 2, Umbrella Man: Patrick Macnee, New Beatles Film, The Curious Camera, Esterel Fashion 1966, Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview, 007 Tribute Covers, The Phantom Avon novels return, Ian Fleming Festival, Argoman Design, Sylvia Anderson R.I.P., Ken Adam R.I.P., George Martin R.I.P., The New Avengers Comics, The Phantom at 80, 007 Manga, Avengerworld Book, Diana Rigg Auto Show, The Prisoner Audio Drama Review.[...]