Posts Tagged ‘Bond Films’

How the Pentagon rewrote Goldeneye

Goldeneye is possibly the best of the Pierce Brosnan James Bond films, but like two others in the Brosnan period it relied on US military support.  This entailed the Pentagon reviewing the script and demanding two changes - one political, one promotional - in exchange for helping to shoot one ...
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The Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World

From the Donald Trump school of naming things came The Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World, a 1965 spoof of the James Bond movies.  Like many 1960s spy thrillers The Second Best Secret Agent was on the radar of the CIA. Licensed to Kill The movie began ...
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Spy Culture in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology

It is with some pride that I can announce that the American Journal of Economics and Sociology has today published an edition featuring not just one, not just one and a half but two articles that I wrote.  The latest issue of AJES focuses on the role of the CIA ...
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‘No Overt Recognition of the Force as Marines’ – Marine Corps folder on assistance to Die Another Day

Die Another Day is widely considered to be one of the worst James Bond films ever made.  It's the one with the invisible car in the ice cave and Halle Berry.  The production got limited supported from the US Marine Corps, who recently released a short folder to me from ...
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Exercises and False Flag Terror – Tom Secker on The Mind Renewed

Julian of The Mind Renewed invited me back onto his show to discuss the link between false flag terrorism and training exercises.  While this is usually talked about in a very simplistic and historically ignorant way, the method of using a drill or training exercise to cover for a black ...
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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

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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Pentagon Production Assistance Agreement for Tomorrow Never Dies

Tomorrow Never Dies is perhaps the most military-heavy Bond film of recent times, benefiting from production support from both the British and American armed forces.  Despite this the Pentagon's Hollywood liaison Phil Strub denied that they provided any assistance to the film-makers.  This document proves that Strub is not telling ...
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ClandesTime 089 – Conspiracy Theories: The Moon Landings

I don't believe any of the alternative theories about the moon landings but this week I thought it would be fun to explore some of the arguments around these seminal events.  We begin by looking at some of the arguments people have made in support of the conspiracy theories and ...
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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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