Posts Tagged ‘Ian Fleming’

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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How the Pentagon rewrote Goldeneye

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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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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Review: The Double-Cross System

Review: The Double-Cross System

In my opinion, the importance of the intelligence war in World War 2 cannot be overstated.  Economically, Britain was essentially bankrupt by the end of the war.  Militarily they were not as well resourced and equipped as Germany with the exception of naval warfare.  The most decisive factor in Britain ...
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The Secret State Involvement in Kingsman

The Secret State Involvement in Kingsman

Kingsman is perhaps the most intriguing film of the year - on the face of it a cartoonish action comedy set in the world of gentlemen spies, but underneath it is an ultra-violent, racist, eugenicist film of dubious sexual virtue.  No government agencies were listed in the credits for the ...
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The Pentagon and the World's Biggest Film Franchises

The Pentagon and the World’s Biggest Film Franchises

Jump to documents The world's biggest films now regularly take over a billion dollars in revenue, and the world's biggest film franchises are multi-billion dollar businesses.  What has never been reported before is that 6 of the top 10 (and 14 of the top 25) highest-grossing film franchises have been ...
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The CIA's Nest of Vipers at Sony Pictures

The CIA’s Nest of Vipers at Sony Pictures

Last autumn's hack of Sony Pictures achieved several things - promoting their comedy film The Interview, creating a minor political storm that increased tensions with North Korea, and helping to cement the increasingly solid relationship between the White House, Hollywood and the intelligence services.  Recently, wikileaks published the entire fruits ...
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Ian Fleming and the FBI

Ian Fleming and the FBI

There have been a lot of stories in the news this week about the release of FBI documents on Ian Fleming.  The documents are not a file on Fleming - he was never the subject of Bureau investigations - but are instead a response to a request from the makers ...
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ClandesTime 028 - Meta-Weaponised Fiction

ClandesTime 028 – Meta-Weaponised Fiction

This week I take a look at four films that incorporate notions of weaponised fiction into their dialogue and storylines.  The concepts of predictive programming and the copycat effect, as well as other similar techniques, are identified in four movies from the 1990s - two mystery thrillers (The Usual Suspects ...
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US Embassy Cables on James Bond and Ian Fleming

US Embassy Cables on James Bond and Ian Fleming

While searching around the US National Archives digital collections I came across a total of 20 US embassy cables from the 1970s that mention James Bond and Ian Fleming.  Most of them are records of ongoing covert affairs across the world that simply liken what's going to 'a James Bond ...
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