Posts Tagged ‘Bond books’

When RFK Invoked James Bond While Trying to Kill Castro

When RFK Invoked James Bond While Trying to Kill Castro

Newly released documents in the JFK files have cast fresh light on the CIA's plots to kill Fidel Castro.  One interview with William Harvey - known as 'America's James Bond', reveals that Robert Kennedy invoked 007 while trying to urge the Agency forward in its anti-Castro operations. William King Harvey ...
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MI5 file on Sir Kingsley Amis

MI5 file on Sir Kingsley Amis

The latest files to be released by the National Archives include one on Kinsgley Amis - the former novelist and critic who was knighted in 1990.  Amis was a member of the Communist party while at Oxford university in June 1941, though he renounced Marxism in 1956-7.  MI5's monitoring of ...
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Top Secret Files on the Disappearance of Buster Crabb

Top Secret Files on the Disappearance of Buster Crabb

Buster Crabb was a WW2 British Navy Frogman who in 1956 was recruited by MI6 to spy on Soviet ships docking in Portsmouth harbour during a goodwill visit.  These files - some available here for the first time - detail the British government's interference in the inquest into Crabb's presumed ...
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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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