Posts Tagged ‘MPS’

Winston, The One-Horse Propaganda Machine

Winston, The One-Horse Propaganda Machine

Winston the police horse was named after Winston Churchill, having joined the Met in the 1940s.  He featured in numerous royal events, ridden by both King George and princess and then Queen Elizabeth during the Trooping the Colour ceremonies in the 40s and early 50s.  Winston was also the subject ...
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British Police began vetting film scripts in 1946 - but feared losing 'aura of secrecy and glamour'

British Police began vetting film scripts in 1946 – but feared losing ‘aura of secrecy and glamour’

In post-war Britain the Metropolitan Police were concerned about how they were being portrayed in films so they instituted a policy of vetting film scripts.  However, they were concerned that by seeking a more public profile and engaging with the film industry that they would lose the 'aura of secrecy ...
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ClandesTime 082 - The Foreigner

ClandesTime 082 – The Foreigner

The Foreigner stars Jackie Chan and former James Bond Pierce Brosnan, and is directed by two-time Bond director Martin Campbell.  In February the film-makers blew up a bus in central London in a sequence that was spookily reminiscent of the 7/7 London bombings of 2005.  To see if this similarity ...
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Video: Police refuse to release information on London bus explosion

Video: Police refuse to release information on London bus explosion

As many of you will remember, in early February a Hollywood film crew blew up a bus in central London.  The film - titled The Foreigner - stars Jackie Chan, former James Bond Pierce Brosnan and is directed by Martin Campbell, who rebooted the Bond franchise not just once, but ...
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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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ClandesTime 064 - Kingsman

ClandesTime 064 – Kingsman

Today I am joined by good friend Adam of Themes & Memes to discuss the movie Kingsman. This is an action comedy set in the world of gentleman spies but beneath that exterior there is ultra-violence, a range of elitist, eugenicist philosophies, a rather sickening approach to sex, love and ...
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MI5 and the Magicians

MI5 and the Magicians

The story of the relationship between intelligence agencies and illusionists in the entertainment industry is a long one.  It goes back at least to the beginning of the century, and the friendship between the escapologist Harry Houdini and the man who would help found MI5, William Melville. The story goes: ...
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Profile: William Melville

Profile: William Melville

Born: 25 April 1850 Died: 1 February 1918 Intelligence involvement: Superintendent of Scotland Yard Special Branch (1893-1903), Secret Service Bureau (exact dates unknown) Culture involvement: Was the subject of much of Patrick McIntyre's memoir about Special Branch. Subject of an acclaimed biography 'M: MI5's first spymaster'. Possible basis for the ...
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