May 26, 2015

AVENGERS BOOKS SALE

Deal Alert: Big savings for Spy Vibers today and tomorrow only on Hidden Tiger Books. Two Avengers titles that will appeal especially to readers are The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes and With Umbrella, Scotch and Cigarettes. In each volume, Avengers scholars Alan Hayes and Richard McKinley delve deep into the early history of the series. The first book deals with the narrative content of the lost episodes, while the second approaches the early days of The Avengers from a behind-the-scenes perspective. Both books also contain exhaustive essays, which look into various aspects of the first year of the series. 

Long before Mrs Peel joined John Steed to foil crimes against the state, he was partnered with Dr Keel, portrayed by Ian Hendry, in an exciting start to what became the premier British "spy show" of the decade. Where did it all begin? How did the stories and characters develop? And what happened to those lost episodes? For the next two days, Avengers fans can take advantage of reduced prices- plus get an extra 25% off with the promotion code MEMORIAL in the US, and and extra 15% off elsewhere with the code FWD15. Look for upcoming eBook sales, too. Although I've had eBook copies, I jumped at the chance to finally purchase the hardcover editions. Also available in paperback. Order here! Kindles are also on sale (until May 31st) at Amazon (Case, Umbrella) and AmazonUK (Case, Umbrella). Book details below.


"In the mid-Sixties, The Avengers proved itself to be a cultural phenomenon. Despite its quintessential Englishness, it transcended international barriers, and established itself as British television’s most successful export of the day. Today, it remains hugely popular, perhaps because of the schizophrenic nature of the show as it developed; it was a series of many colours, with something for everyone. But the earliest episodes of the show have, since their 1961 broadcast, disappeared from view, the vast majority of the recordings lost forever. The Strange Case of the Missing Episodes lifts the lid on that first year, and retells the stories in extended synopsis form, covering twenty-four episodes, often with script extracts, in greater depth than ever before. The book also boasts a detailed introduction, which explores how these much sought after programmes came to be lost, and a detailed retelling of an alternative, untransmitted version of the episode Double Danger."


"Before the Champagne, before the kinky boots, there was a star without a series. When ABC's Police Surgeon was cancelled, its producers were suddenly left with a star actor, Ian Hendry, and no TV show for him to appear in. This book tells the behind-the-scenes story of the series that was devised for him – The Avengers – from its earliest days as an untitled project all the way through to the end of its first year, when outside influences brought it to an unexpected close. Richard McGinlay and Alan Hayes relate that story through comprehensive essays and chapters that detail the production, transmission and reception of each episode, while also discussing the talented personnel involved. The book also boasts a foreword by Neil Hendry, who runs his uncle Ian Hendry’s official website; lavish black-and-white illustrations by artist Shaqui Le Vesconte; and 60 pages of appendices that deal in depth with the unproduced episodes of Series 1, Keel and Steed’s further adventures, and more." Below: John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and Dr. Keel (Ian Hendry) in 1961.  


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May 24, 2015

LEE KING PERRY: PUSSY GALORE

Caribbean music really embraced the spy boom in the 1960s, picking up themes from movies, tv programs, and real Cold War events. Spy Vibe has looked at many recordings by calypso, ska, and rock steady artists over the past months. Today we feature the great Lee "king" Perry and his 1965 recording, Pussy Galore. Where Young Growler's calypso, Pussy Galore, celebrated the excitement of seeing the movie, Goldfinger, and the impressive qualities of Honor Blackman's character (especially the name!), Perry used the theme as a cautionary tale to men who might lose their bachelor life-style (and wallet!) to a beautiful woman. As the tune went, "Every man loves Pussy Galore. If you are rich and want to get poor, just fall in love with Pussy Galore. And one thing that I am sure, you won't be rich anymore. She's got charms! Lovely arms!... You want to know what I'm speaking about: Goldfinger! Goldfinger!...A woman can change a man to a child a cramp his style. Wanna know what I am speaking about: Goldfinger!, Goldfinger! Goldfinger! So beware of Pussy Galore. Pussy Galore will leave you poor. Wanna know what I am speaking about: Goldfinger!, Goldfinger! Goldfinger!" Enjoy!



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May 22, 2015

NETWORK SALE

Deal alert! UK distributor Network has been running some great sales on their comprehensive box sets of cult-classic spy shows and soundtracks. Last week the sale featured core titles like The Prisoner and The Saint. And I finally picked up the complete Department S series (with great bonus documentary and features) and was pleasantly surprised to see the order arrive within a few short days! Network announced a new sale today on soundtracks and series from the 1970s. Spy Vibers may be interested in titles like The Persuaders (Roger Moore and Tony Curtis), The Professionals, The Protectors (Robert Vaughn), and Return of the Saint. Only a few of these titles were released in the US years ago by A&E, but have since gone out-of-print and are quite expensive on the collector's market. It's really worth it to pick up an all-region DVD/Blu-ray player (if you're outside the UK) to benefit from Network's remastered prints and special content. Sale ends next Friday. Details here. Enjoy!


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May 21, 2015

FANTOMAS DESIGN

As I mentioned yesterday, things are super busy right now at the Spy Vibe lair. My days are spent helping my art students finish up the school year, while I cram to complete the annual senior movie. Some cool designs crossed my radar today from the Fantomas films from the mid-1960s, primarily from Fantomas Unleashed (Fantoms Gegen Interpol). Released in that magic year 1965, the film made use of futuristic mod sets with bold color schemes and geometric shapes complimenting the mod costumes (with occasional racing stripes!). The production stills below illustrate beautiful flow around the frame between the main design elements. You might see the pathways more clearly if you squint your eyes and try to connect the dots, as it were. And I think the original iMacs owed a little to those sleek metal monitors. The sets were designed by Max Douy (OSS117 Mission to Tokyo/1966), and costumes were by Mireille Leydet (Fantomas series, OSS117 Mission to Tokyo/1966). Fantomas Unleashed was helmed by series director Andre Hunebelle, perhaps familiar to Eurospy fans for directing OSS117 is Unleashed (1963), OSS117 Panic in Bangkok (1964), OSS117 Mission for a Killer (1965), and OSS117 Double Agent (1968). If you're remodeling your secret base, get some tips from diabolical mastermind, Fantomas! Recent Fantomas posts: Flying Citroen DSFantomas comics 1Fantomas comics 2, Fantomas Kindle Collection, Diabolikal Villain Archive. Enjoy!







Selected Spy Vibe posts: Jeremy Duns on BondJohn Buss interviewDiana Rigg eBookAvengers Season 5 TitlesSaint VolvoMod Tales InterviewAgente Secreto ComicsDanger Man Comics 2Danger Man ComicsJohn Drake ComicsDer Mann Von UNCLEGolden Margaret NolanMan From UNCLE RocksteadyPussy Galore Calypso, Cynthia Lennon R.I.P.Edward Mann FashionLeonard Nimoy TributeShatner at 84Bob Morane seriesNew Saint PublicationsThe Saint Complete box setGerry Anderson Box SetsMusic For SpiesThai Bond DesignBrian Clemens RIPBond vs ModernismImitation GameNew Avengers BooksRingo Does GoldfingerSixties Beat WearPopular SkulltureArt of ModestyAvengers Blu-ray updateTokyo Beat 1964Polaroid SpyFeraud Mod FashionFlint Scores!Bond DanishNew Richard Sala BookNew 007 ComicsDesigning Bond BooksGreen Hornet MangaMargaret Nolan ArtNo 6 FestivalBarbarella ReturnsDesigner: Gene WinfieldAvengers Interview: Michael RichardsonIan Fleming: Wicked GrinJane Bond Hong Kong RecordsRyan Heshka Interview, Comics Week: Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.Comics Week: ArchieComics Week: Robots, Comics Week: Cold War Atomic, Comics Week: SPYMANComics Week: Jimmy OlsenRare Avengers ScriptsMan From Uncle UK ComicsThunderbirds ComicsShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers InterviewAvengers Book: Bowler Hats & Kinky BootsGeorge Lois Design & Mad MenRichard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Cold War Archie, Playboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese Books, The Saint books returnTrina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.
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