November 23, 2017

THANKSGIVING

Happy Thanksgiving to Spy Vibers in the States! I hope you enjoy the holiday (and day off!) in whatever manner you celebrate. Rather than share an entertainment story today, I thought I'd just check in personally from the Spy Vibe lair. In past years it was customary on Thanksgiving for my family to gather together around my grandmother in Connecticut. Her husband had been the head of the New York School of Interior Design (his family founded it during WWI), and she always lived in amazing houses. Even after she moved away from their original place in Wilton, my grandmother's eye for detail and design brought us to beautiful spaces, where I always felt safe and felt her unconditional love and support. One of my greatest joys is sharing cultural discoveries (probably why I'm a teacher), and she always validated my curiosity and made me feel heard. I have so many sweet memories of seeing the family expand and of my cousins growing up over the years, as well as memories of car rides with my aunt (which we usually spent processing the intricacies of family relationships). I imagine many of you have similar experiences? We lost my grandmother some years back and I miss her terribly. Perhaps like many families, she was the magnet that drew us all together. I do enjoy the independence that comes from living in the Spy Vibe lair, but holidays are a reminder of a different age, when traditions seemed to have more personal significance. I'm thankful now for the larger community we have built here on-line. And I will probably connect with family far away to see how they are doing. And if my grandmother were still here, I'd love to tell her about all the great films and music I've checked out this week. I think she would have loved these Louis Armstrong sets from Mosaic! Thanks for sharing this day with me, Spy Vibers. Enjoy! In other news, check out my episodes of Cocktail Nation radio as I introduce some of the great spy classics and soundtracks: Episode #1 (Danger Man) and Episode #2 (The 10th Victim), Epsiode #3 (On Her Majesty's Secret Service), Episode #4 (Roger Moore/The Saint), and Episode #5 (The Avengers), Episode #6 (The Prisoner), and Episode #7 (The Ipcress File), Episode #8 (The Man From U.N.C.L.E.). 


Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Spy Vibe Radio 8Interview: Ryan HeshkaMid-Century Modern SchulzAgent WerewolfMata Hair ExhibitJohnny Sokko 50thInterview: Trina RobbinsEddie IzzardThe Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50thHugh Hefner R.I.P.Jack Good R.I.P.Interview: Shaken Not StirredCallan 50thSpy Vibe Radio 7The Prisoner 50th EventSpy-Fi EventKaho Aso 007Two MillionBo DiddleyCarnaby PopLe Carre EventsBilly Bragg SkiffleElvis 68Jack Kirby The PrisonerCasino Royale ConcertReview: The Prisoner Vol 2Interview: The Prisoner Essential GuideMaud Russell MottisfontSpy Vibe Radio 4Batman GallantsAdam West R.I.P.Village TriangleRoger Moore R.I.P.Spy Vibe Radio 3Sgt Pepper 50thSatanik Kriminal OST60s OverdriveMake Love in LondonSpy Vibe Radio 2Spy Vibe Radio 1James Bond StripsPropaganda MabuseInterview: Police SurgeonXTC Avengers1966 Pep SpiesBatman Book InterviewExclusive Fleming InterviewAvengers Comic StripsRobert Vaughn RIPUNCLE FashionsThunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film GuideLost Avengers FoundThe Callan FileMission Impossible 50thGreen Hornet 50thStar Trek 50thPortmeirion Photography 1Filming the PrisonerGaiman McGinnins ProjectIan Fleming GraveRevolver at 50Karen Romanko InterviewMod Tales 2Umbrella Man: Patrick MacneeNew Beatles FilmThe Curious CameraEsterel Fashion 1966Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview007 Tribute CoversThe Phantom Avon novels returnIan Fleming FestivalArgoman DesignSylvia Anderson R.I.P.Ken Adam R.I.P.George Martin R.I.P.The New Avengers ComicsThe Phantom at 80007 MangaAvengerworld BookDiana Rigg Auto ShowThe Prisoner Audio Drama Review.

November 21, 2017

PETER LAMONT PORTFOLIO

James Bond magazine MI6 Confidential has produced a limited edition called Live and Let Die: The Peter Lamont Portfolio, and fans can now order copies signed by Academy-Award winning production designer Peter Lamont- while supplies last! From the press release: In 2017, after ten years of service, MI6 Confidential introduced a new special format: a limited-run 100-page issue of the magazine taking a deep dive into one particular facet of the franchise, rather than the smorgasbord of filmic, literary, comic and gaming features fans have come to expect from a standard issue. The first special issue was contributed by art department veteran Peter Lamont. Peter Lamont spent more the 40 years working in art departments of the James Bond films. From draughtsman to production designer; from Goldfinger to Casino Royale, Peter was on every picture but one. One of the films for which he has collected a great deal of documents and has many fond memories is Roger Moore's debut as 007, Live And Let Die. A lot of that material could not be squeezed into his recent autobiography so Peter came to MI6 Confidential with an offer too good to refuse. In this special 100-page edition of MI6 Confidential magazine, Peter tells the story of making the film, location by location, as they appear in the film. It is lavishly illustrated with rare stills from the film, behind the scenes photographs never committed to print and notes and storyboarding from Lamont's personal collection. Let our friend and Bond verteran be your guide to the eighth official Bond adventure and Sir Roger Moore's first." Visit MI6 Confidential for more information. Check out their other signed editions while you're there! Enjoy! 



Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Spy Vibe Radio 8Interview: Ryan HeshkaMid-Century Modern SchulzAgent WerewolfMata Hair ExhibitJohnny Sokko 50thInterview: Trina RobbinsEddie IzzardThe Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50thHugh Hefner R.I.P.Jack Good R.I.P.Interview: Shaken Not StirredCallan 50thSpy Vibe Radio 7The Prisoner 50th EventSpy-Fi EventKaho Aso 007Two MillionBo DiddleyCarnaby PopLe Carre EventsBilly Bragg SkiffleElvis 68Jack Kirby The PrisonerCasino Royale ConcertReview: The Prisoner Vol 2Interview: The Prisoner Essential GuideMaud Russell MottisfontSpy Vibe Radio 4Batman GallantsAdam West R.I.P.Village TriangleRoger Moore R.I.P.Spy Vibe Radio 3Sgt Pepper 50thSatanik Kriminal OST60s OverdriveMake Love in LondonSpy Vibe Radio 2Spy Vibe Radio 1James Bond StripsPropaganda MabuseInterview: Police SurgeonXTC Avengers1966 Pep SpiesBatman Book InterviewExclusive Fleming InterviewAvengers Comic StripsRobert Vaughn RIPUNCLE FashionsThunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film GuideLost Avengers FoundThe Callan FileMission Impossible 50thGreen Hornet 50thStar Trek 50thPortmeirion Photography 1Filming the PrisonerGaiman McGinnins ProjectIan Fleming GraveRevolver at 50Karen Romanko InterviewMod Tales 2Umbrella Man: Patrick MacneeNew Beatles FilmThe Curious CameraEsterel Fashion 1966Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview007 Tribute CoversThe Phantom Avon novels returnIan Fleming FestivalArgoman DesignSylvia Anderson R.I.P.Ken Adam R.I.P.George Martin R.I.P.The New Avengers ComicsThe Phantom at 80007 MangaAvengerworld BookDiana Rigg Auto ShowThe Prisoner Audio Drama Review.

November 18, 2017

BLU PINK PANTHER

New release: Fans of the classic Pink Panther cartoon will be happy to hear the series has been remastered in HD and will be making its way to Blu-ray via Kino Lorber on January 30th, 2018. Volume One will feature 20 shorts (chronological oder and original sound (no laugh track), and many audio commentaries by a host of experts (including Jerry Beck and Friz Freleng). From the press release: "Finding immediate fame in the opening title sequence of Blake Edwards 1964 classic comedy The Pink Panther, the feline embodiment of the Swinging Sixties cool quickly became the star of his own animated shorts produced by the DePatie-Freleng Studio. Unlike the loud and manic characters of other animation studios, The Pink Panther was lithe and easygoing, and moved to the rhythm of jazzy theme music of the great Henry Mancini (Breakfast at Tiffany's). Usually thwarting the plans of a variety of uptight little men, the hep cat's fresh approach to cartoon comedy earned an Academy Award for his first solo effort: The Pink Phink (Best Animated Short Film, 1964) and remains the era's most iconic animation sensation. This collection of 20 cartoons are all mastered in HD and feature the original audio without laugh-tracks which were added to the television versions of the short films." As I wrote in my book about cartoonist Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey), cartoon styles embraced modernist design -often creating dynamic expression in shrinking real estate on the comics page- and both comics and animated cartoons remain a wonderful time capsule of the 1950s and 1960s. And you can't get much more Swinging' than The Pink Panther and Henry Mancini. More info at Amazon and Blu-ray. Enjoy!


Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Spy Vibe Radio 8Interview: Ryan HeshkaMid-Century Modern SchulzAgent WerewolfMata Hair ExhibitJohnny Sokko 50thInterview: Trina RobbinsEddie IzzardThe Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50thHugh Hefner R.I.P.Jack Good R.I.P.Interview: Shaken Not StirredCallan 50thSpy Vibe Radio 7The Prisoner 50th EventSpy-Fi EventKaho Aso 007Two MillionBo DiddleyCarnaby PopLe Carre EventsBilly Bragg SkiffleElvis 68Jack Kirby The PrisonerCasino Royale ConcertReview: The Prisoner Vol 2Interview: The Prisoner Essential GuideMaud Russell MottisfontSpy Vibe Radio 4Batman GallantsAdam West R.I.P.Village TriangleRoger Moore R.I.P.Spy Vibe Radio 3Sgt Pepper 50thSatanik Kriminal OST60s OverdriveMake Love in LondonSpy Vibe Radio 2Spy Vibe Radio 1James Bond StripsPropaganda MabuseInterview: Police SurgeonXTC Avengers1966 Pep SpiesBatman Book InterviewExclusive Fleming InterviewAvengers Comic StripsRobert Vaughn RIPUNCLE FashionsThunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film GuideLost Avengers FoundThe Callan FileMission Impossible 50thGreen Hornet 50thStar Trek 50thPortmeirion Photography 1Filming the PrisonerGaiman McGinnins ProjectIan Fleming GraveRevolver at 50Karen Romanko InterviewMod Tales 2Umbrella Man: Patrick MacneeNew Beatles FilmThe Curious CameraEsterel Fashion 1966Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview007 Tribute CoversThe Phantom Avon novels returnIan Fleming FestivalArgoman DesignSylvia Anderson R.I.P.Ken Adam R.I.P.George Martin R.I.P.The New Avengers ComicsThe Phantom at 80007 MangaAvengerworld BookDiana Rigg Auto ShowThe Prisoner Audio Drama Review.

November 14, 2017

SPY-FI BLU

New release: UK distributor Network has announced some exciting new projects! Network is now accepting pre-orders for the first Hi-def volumes of Man in a Suitcase and Gerry Anderson's Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Released in installments, as Network did with TV series like Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), fans can chip away at collecting each volume without facing large fees up front (and I imagine this system also helps Network make smaller investments based on demand). Coming first is one of my personal favorite shows, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Bringing together all the elements that we usually love about Gerry Anderson (art direction, sets, vehicles, costumes, and music), Captain Scarlet also serves as an interesting time capsule of some of the alienation and paranoia rooted in the later Cold War 60s (related Spy Vibe post: Prisoner Scarlet 50th). "One of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's best-loved series, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons brought a new level of realism and sophistication to Century 21's endlessly popular Supermarionation productions. To mark its fiftieth anniversary, the series has been remastered in HD from the original 35mm film elements for this Blu-ray edition – it has never looked better! The year is 2068; after a misunderstanding leading to an attack on their Martian city, the Mysterons declare war on the inhabitants of Earth. Ranged against this devastatingly powerful enemy is Spectrum, a worldwide security organisation – its leading operative: Captain Scarlet. Having been captured and replicated by the Mysterons, but breaking free of their control, he now possesses extraordinary powers that make him Spectrum's most powerful agent in the fight to save humanity!" Episodes include The Mysterons, Winged Assassin, Big Ben Strikes Again, Point 783, Manhunt, Operation Time, Renegade Rocket, White as Snow. Volume 1 of this 4-disc Blu-ray set will ship on November 20th, 2017. More info at Network. The next series in line is Man in a Suitcase: "This classic ITC series stars Richard Bradford in a career-defining role as McGill, a discredited ex-CIA agent reduced to working as a private investigator. Now traveling the world as a gun for hire, McGill has an unorthodox approach and a strong sense of personal integrity that often brings him into conflict with both his employers and the authorities – and makes him more enemies than friends. Critically acclaimed and endlessly popular, Man in a Suitcase is newly remastered in HD from the original 35mm film elements for this Blu-ray edition." Episodes in vol 1 include:  Man from the Dead, All That Glitters, Sweet Sue, The Bridge, Find the Lady. 250 minutes. Vol 1 in this 6-dosc set will ship on December 12th, 2017. More info at Network. While you are on their site, check out the many fab discs and soundtracks available (including The Prisoner!). Please remember these Blu-ray sets are Region B and Spy Vibers in the States will require an all-region Blu-ray player. Enjoy!





Selected Spy Vibe Posts: Spy Vibe Radio 8Interview: Ryan HeshkaMid-Century Modern SchulzAgent WerewolfMata Hair ExhibitJohnny Sokko 50thInterview: Trina RobbinsEddie IzzardThe Prisoner Capt Scarlet 50thHugh Hefner R.I.P.Jack Good R.I.P.Interview: Shaken Not StirredCallan 50thSpy Vibe Radio 7The Prisoner 50th EventSpy-Fi EventKaho Aso 007Two MillionBo DiddleyCarnaby PopLe Carre EventsBilly Bragg SkiffleElvis 68Jack Kirby The PrisonerCasino Royale ConcertReview: The Prisoner Vol 2Interview: The Prisoner Essential GuideMaud Russell MottisfontSpy Vibe Radio 4Batman GallantsAdam West R.I.P.Village TriangleRoger Moore R.I.P.Spy Vibe Radio 3Sgt Pepper 50thSatanik Kriminal OST60s OverdriveMake Love in LondonSpy Vibe Radio 2Spy Vibe Radio 1James Bond StripsPropaganda MabuseInterview: Police SurgeonXTC Avengers1966 Pep SpiesBatman Book InterviewExclusive Fleming InterviewAvengers Comic StripsRobert Vaughn RIPUNCLE FashionsThunderbirds Are Pop!, Interview: Spy Film GuideLost Avengers FoundThe Callan FileMission Impossible 50thGreen Hornet 50thStar Trek 50thPortmeirion Photography 1Filming the PrisonerGaiman McGinnins ProjectIan Fleming GraveRevolver at 50Karen Romanko InterviewMod Tales 2Umbrella Man: Patrick MacneeNew Beatles FilmThe Curious CameraEsterel Fashion 1966Exclusive Ian Ogilvy Interview007 Tribute CoversThe Phantom Avon novels returnIan Fleming FestivalArgoman DesignSylvia Anderson R.I.P.Ken Adam R.I.P.George Martin R.I.P.The New Avengers ComicsThe Phantom at 80007 MangaAvengerworld BookDiana Rigg Auto ShowThe Prisoner Audio Drama Review.
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