Posts Tagged ‘Phil Strub’

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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Subscriber Podcast #5 - The Pentagon's Hollywood Database

Subscriber Podcast #5 – The Pentagon’s Hollywood Database

In this month's subscriber podcast I talk about the Pentagon's database on their collaboration with Hollywood - what it is, how I got it and what it contains. I highlight some of the more provocative and politically relevant entries and provide details on how the Pentagon rewrote elements of films ...
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ClandesTime 099 - Jack Valenti

ClandesTime 099 – Jack Valenti

Jack Valenti was a special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, a consultant to the State Department and the third head of the MPAA.  In this episode we look at his life, focusing in two key areas - the introduction of the film classification ratings system and Valenti's connections with the ...
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ClandesTime 093 - The Pentagon and the Cinematic Universe

ClandesTime 093 – The Pentagon and the Cinematic Universe

In less than 10 years Marvel has created the biggest money-making film franchise of all time with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, this probably wouldn't have been possible without the help of the Pentagon. In this episode we examine the rise of the MCU, the Pentagon's involvement, and the fallout ...
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ClandesTime 092 - Conspiracy Theories: The False Flag Exercise Hypothesis

ClandesTime 092 – Conspiracy Theories: The False Flag Exercise Hypothesis

9/11. The 7/7 London Bombings. The Boston Marathon. The Paris Massacre. This episode we take a look at the false flag exercise theory, which has become the default alternative media interpretation of these events. We examine the theory's history in military deception techniques, its origins as a popular conspiracy theory ...
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Pentagon Production Assistance Agreement for Tomorrow Never Dies

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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Pentagon-Hollywood Collaboration Database Excerpts

Pentagon-Hollywood Collaboration Database Excerpts

The Department of Defense maintains a database summarising its collaboration with Hollywood productions.  The master list for this database was released to me two years ago as the DOD Film List and since then I have obtained a handful of entries.  Getting a little more creative I asked for entries ...
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Porkins Policy Radio - Now a Radio Show

Porkins Policy Radio – Now a Radio Show

My good friend Pearse has been given the opportunity to do his show on the radio so he invited me on as his guest for the very first episode.  We took on an old favourite - Chase Brandon - and discussed his relevance to the world of state-sponsored entertainment before ...
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ClandesTime 080 - United 93

ClandesTime 080 – United 93

United 93 was one of the first major films on the 9/11 attacks, and was praised for its in-depth research and docudrama realism.  However, underneath the engrossing cinéma vérité style is a story of the US air defences that morning based almost entirely on the 9/11 Commission.  This week we ...
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