Posts Tagged ‘Bond books’

Violent Sadism and a Mink Glove - How the BBFC Censored Thunderball

Violent Sadism and a Mink Glove – How the BBFC Censored Thunderball

The James Bond films, like the books on which they are based, have always pushed the boundaries of acceptable portraits of sex and violence.  Documents from the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) show how for Thunderball they reviewed the script, recommending many changes if the film was to achieve ...
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ClandesTime 091 - The CIA and James Bond

ClandesTime 091 – The CIA and James Bond

What connects JFK, Allen Dulles and the CIA's invasion at the Bay of Pigs to the movies Thunderball and Goldfinger?  The answer is the relationship between the CIA and James Bond.  In this episode we look at Fleming's decades-long relationship with American intelligence, from the OSS through to the CIA, ...
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CIA Invited to Special Screening of Goldfinger

CIA Invited to Special Screening of Goldfinger

In November 1959 CIA Director Allen Dulles sent a copy of the new Ian Fleming novel Goldfinger to Jackie Kennedy.  In October 1964 the CIA Deputy Director Marshall Carter was invited to a special screening of the new James Bond movie Goldfinger at the MPAA headquarters in Washington.  The film ...
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The CIA's James Bond File

The CIA’s James Bond File

The CIA has had an interest in James Bond almost since its inception as a series of novels in the 1950s.  The books were probably the first spy fiction to refer to the CIA by name and to depict them through the character of Felix Leiter.  This led to a ...
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Dept of Energy and Climate Change Documents on Skyfall

Dept of Energy and Climate Change Documents on Skyfall

Adding to the British government departments who have provided assistance to the James Bond franchise, the now defunct Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have released documents on the filming of a scene for Skyfall at their headquarters in Whitehall.  The Foreign Office, the Ministry of Defence and MI6 ...
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CIA files on the Allen Dulles - Ian Fleming connection

CIA files on the Allen Dulles – Ian Fleming connection

The CIA's online FOIA library or 'electronic reading room' contains some files linking former Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) Allen W Dulles to notorious spy author Ian Fleming.   Dulles and Fleming were old friends - they exchanged letters regularly, including discussions of the James Bond novels.  The documents in the ...
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ClandesTime 015 - Mark Stone/Kennedy

ClandesTime 015 – Mark Stone/Kennedy

Mark Kennedy was an undercover policeman who infiltrated the British anarchist movement for 7 years. In this episode I recount this story, highlighting how Kennedy (under the pseudonym Mark Stone) acted as an agent provocateur in cases that have now collapsed or are under appeal. I also look at how ...
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Profile: Robert Bruce Lockhart

Profile: Robert Bruce Lockhart

Born: 2 September 1887 Died: 27 February 1970 Intelligence involvement: Worked for the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6) during WW1 and was director general of the Police Warfare Executive in WW2.   Culture involvement: Prolific writer, including Memoirs of a British Agent in 1932 about his WW1 exploits, which was adapted into the ...
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Profile: Sidney Reilly

Profile: Sidney Reilly

Born: 24 March 1873 Died: 5 November 1925 Intelligence involvement: Worked for British Special Branch, the Secret Service Bureau and the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6).  Also reportedly doubled for Japan, Germany and Imperial Russia. Culture involvement: Exploits retold many times, notably in Memoirs of a British Agent and its film adaptation British ...
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James Bond a moral standard according to High Court

James Bond a moral standard according to High Court

A recent ruling by the High Court has established that the behaviour of fictional spy James Bond is now an acceptable benchmark for the behaviour of real spies in the real world.  The ruling concerned a case being brought by several political activists who formed sexual relationships with people they ...
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