October 29, 2014

POLAROID SPY

If your vibe is cool gadgets designed for minimalism and functionality, then The Saint has a tip for you! Long before our first iPhones and iPods, before the Mac Classics and early Apple Computers of the late 1970s, and even before the stylish electronics designed by Dieter Rams for Braun in the late 1950s and 1960s, Polaroid had been producing cameras that not only folded up into simple bars (not an unusual feature), but also developed and printed your images as well! They were uncanny inventions and seemed far ahead of their time- like one of those tech devices David Bowie doled out for quick cash in The Man Who Fell To Earth. Inventor Edwin Land conceived the instant camera in 1943 after his daughter asked why she couldn't see the photograph he had just snapped. His company demonstrated the Land camera Model 95 (image below) on February 21st, 1947 and the commercial release followed in 1948. We have loved our Polaroids ever since. We've looked at experiments and collages by WarholHockneySylvian, and famous images have adorned iconic work by Talking HeadsVampire Weekend, and others. I got to spend some of my photography career making Polaroid Transfers when the technique spread through the art world. Story continues below.


The love for these ingenious cameras goes way back. They even made an appearance as a cutting-edge spy gadget for THE SAINT in this Sunday comic strip from June 26th, 1949. In this sequence, Simon Templar reveals that his camera, secretly rigged to record intruders, will also provide instant prints to identify their foe! Click second comic image to enlarge. The Saint strip ran in papers from September 27th, 1948 to September 16th, 1961. Edwin Land later worked during the Cold War on various intelligence projects, including the Genetrix balloon cameras, the U-2 program, Corona and Samos satellites, among others. Story continues below.



Author Christopher Bonanos released a beautifully illustrated book in 2012 called Instant: The Story of Polaroid. The book includes the rare Saint comic above. More details from Amazon: "Instant photography at the push of a button!" During the 1960s and '70s, Polaroid was the coolest technology company on earth. Like Apple, it was an innovation machine that cranked out one must-have product after another. Led by its own visionary genius founder, Edwin Land, Polaroid grew from a 1937 garage start-up into a billion-dollar pop-culture phenomenon. Instant tells the remarkable tale of Land's one-of-a-kind invention-from Polaroid's first instant camera to hit the market in 1948, to its meteoric rise in popularity and adoption by artists such as Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close, to the company's dramatic decline into bankruptcy in the late '90s and its unlikely resurrection in the digital age. Instant is both an inspiring tale of American ingenuity and a cautionary business tale about the perils of companies that lose their creative edge." Learn more: The Saint, Dieter Rams Exhibit on Spy Vibe, Polaroid, new images and film for Polaroid cameras at The Impossible Project, Land Cameras.


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October 27, 2014

MODESTY MONDAY

Start the week in style with Modesty Blaise! Peter O'Donnell's spy adventuress has been capturing the imagination of fans since her debut as a comic strip feature in 1963. With the success of the film tie-in book in 1966, O'Donnell went on to write eleven Modesty novels and two collections of short stories. As a fan of book designs, I've enjoyed looking at editions from around the world. Here is a sample of some of my favorite covers (and an ad) that draw especially from the black-and-white graphic aesthetic from the 1960s. Enjoy! Learn more: Modesty Blaise News, Modesty Book Covers, Official Site








Selected Spy Vibe posts: Feraud Mod FashionFlint Scores!Bond DanishLouis FeraudRoger Moore DayHome MoviesNew Richard Sala BookNew 007 ComicsUnseen Fleming in new 007 by HorowitzDesigning Bond BooksFoster SpiesGreen Hornet MangaMargaret Nolan ArtNo 6 FestivalBarbarella Returns007 Audio Books ReturnHarry Palmer BluOne Million PrizesDesigner: Gene WinfieldAvengers Blu-RayAvengers Interview: Michael RichardsonIan Fleming: Wicked GrinJane Bond Hong Kong RecordsRyan Heshka Interview, Comics Week: Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.Comics Week: ArchieComics Week: Robots, Comics Week: Cold War Atomic, Comics Week: SPYMANComics Week: Jimmy OlsenDiana Rigg at 76Gerry Anderson DocMr. Hulot's Box SetRare Avengers ScriptsMan From Uncle UK ComicsMattel X-15Thunderbirds ComicsShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies IBatman NewsMonty Python Fathom SpiesRodney Marshall Avengers InterviewAvengers Book: Bowler Hats & Kinky BootsGeorge Lois Design & Mad MenRichard Sala: Super-EnigmatixBig Fun ToysDanger Diabolik SoundtrackMod Fashion DollsCold War Archie, Playboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese BooksThe 10th Victim German EditionThe Saint books returnTrina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.

October 26, 2014

FERAUD MOD FASHION

Fashion Sunday Supplement: Agent Katharine Boyd (Mod Tales) uncovered additional ads for designer Louis Feraud's (1921-1999) campaign with Shimbo Fabrics. Thanks K for getting these on our radar! Feraud established his own fashion house based in Cannes in 1950. By the middle of the decade, he was dressing stars like Brigitte Bardot! In these Shimbo Fabrics ads from the late 1960s, viewers got to feast on a marvelous, almost Op Art interplay between the Mod outfit and black and white background illustrations. Can't get enough of those white thigh boots? There were many Feraud/Shimbo ads between 1968 and 1970 (additional samples herehere, and here). According to the Fashion Model Directory, his work often expressed a sunny, embroidered vibe inspired by South American culture, but these creations were still firmly rooted in Mod motifs of geometric patterns and cut-outs. Enjoy!





Selected Spy Vibe posts: Flint Scores!Bond DanishLouis FeraudRoger Moore DayHome MoviesNew Richard Sala BookNew 007 ComicsUnseen Fleming in new 007 by HorowitzDesigning Bond BooksFoster SpiesGreen Hornet MangaMargaret Nolan ArtNo 6 FestivalBarbarella Returns007 Audio Books ReturnHarry Palmer BluOne Million PrizesDesigner: Gene WinfieldAvengers Blu-RayAvengers Interview: Michael RichardsonIan Fleming: Wicked GrinJane Bond Hong Kong RecordsRyan Heshka Interview, Comics Week: Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.Comics Week: ArchieComics Week: Robots, Comics Week: Cold War Atomic, Comics Week: SPYMANComics Week: Jimmy OlsenDiana Rigg at 76Gerry Anderson DocMr. Hulot's Box SetRare Avengers ScriptsMan From Uncle UK ComicsMattel X-15Thunderbirds ComicsShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies IBatman NewsMonty Python Fathom SpiesRodney Marshall Avengers InterviewAvengers Book: Bowler Hats & Kinky BootsGeorge Lois Design & Mad MenRichard Sala: Super-EnigmatixBig Fun ToysDanger Diabolik SoundtrackMod Fashion DollsCold War Archie, Playboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese BooksThe 10th Victim German EditionThe Saint books returnTrina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.

October 25, 2014

BATMAN TV BLU-RAY

New Release: Set your Bat-timers for November 11th! After decades of legal acrobatics, the 1966 Batman series starring Adam West will finally arrive on home video. All of the episodes have been remastered in hi-definition and a cool assortment of bonus features, cards, and toys have been produced to mark this special event. If you grew up with the Miller, Burton, Nolan interpretations of the Dark Knight, the 60s version may appear overly campy, but you are in for a treat, old chums! The show was a masterpiece of Pop Art design and featured sharp performances that kept adults laughing and kids on the edge of their seats. Blu-ray and DVD sets available now on Amazon. Spy Vibers can also look forward to seeing the Blu-ray release of Season 5 of The Avengers on the same day!


Vintage photo below: Batman co-creator Bob Kane strikes a Hefner pose with painting and Catwoman model. Dig those shoji-inspired walls! Bob Kane was born on October 24th, 1915. He passed away in 1998. Although often credited as the sole-creator of the Caped Crusader, it is more widely known today that his collaborators, Jerry Robinson and Bill Finger, invented much of the Batman mythos. Learn more about Bill Finger. Related posts: Spy Vibe interview with Batman animation designer Shane Glines here; Batman '66 Meets Green Hornet interview with Ralph Garman Ty Templeton; Spy Vibe's Batman image archive on Pinterest; Batman and Andy Warhol here; Teen Titans and Secret Agent here; My visit to the original Batcave hereBatman TV and Manga releases; Batman 66: The TV Stories Book; Batman in Swinging London; Julie Newmar; Batman 66 posters; new comic and Adam West Sings!; Adam West spy ad; James Bond & Batman RobotsMan From UNCLE & Batman Manga.


Selected Spy Vibe posts: Flint Scores!Bond DanishLouis FeraudRoger Moore DayHome MoviesNew Richard Sala BookNew 007 ComicsUnseen Fleming in new 007 by HorowitzDesigning Bond BooksFoster SpiesGreen Hornet MangaMargaret Nolan ArtNo 6 FestivalBarbarella Returns007 Audio Books ReturnHarry Palmer BluOne Million PrizesDesigner: Gene WinfieldAvengers Blu-RayAvengers Interview: Michael RichardsonIan Fleming: Wicked GrinJane Bond Hong Kong RecordsRyan Heshka Interview, Comics Week: Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.Comics Week: ArchieComics Week: Robots, Comics Week: Cold War Atomic, Comics Week: SPYMANComics Week: Jimmy OlsenDiana Rigg at 76Gerry Anderson DocMr. Hulot's Box SetRare Avengers ScriptsMan From Uncle UK ComicsMattel X-15Thunderbirds ComicsShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies IBatman NewsMonty Python Fathom SpiesRodney Marshall Avengers InterviewAvengers Book: Bowler Hats & Kinky BootsGeorge Lois Design & Mad MenRichard Sala: Super-EnigmatixBig Fun ToysDanger Diabolik SoundtrackMod Fashion DollsCold War Archie, Playboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese BooksThe 10th Victim German EditionThe Saint books returnTrina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.

October 20, 2014

FLINT SCORES!

If the classic Flint movies starring James Coburn are your spy vibe, have I got news for you! Screen Archives Entertainment has announced a new release from Intrada that compiles the original Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack albums for Our Man Flint and In Like Flint. From SAE: "Finally! Two great sixties albums by Jerry Goldsmith make their debut on CD, mastered from the recently discovered original 20th Century-Fox stereo album session masters! Preserved in pristine condition in the vast UMG vaults, Our Man Flint and In Like Flint were short but exciting LPs that came out in 1966 & 1967 respectively. Both movies featured James Coburn as secret agent Derek Flint. Daniel Mann directs the former, Gordon Douglas directs the latter. Not to be confused with the Varese Sarabande release of soundtrack highlights, this Intrada CD offers both classic original albums exactly as Goldsmith recorded them, in crisp stereo with vivid orchestral color. Cool action, tuneful adventure and one of the composer's most famous themes all have their say. Included are authentic reproductions of both Bob Peak album jackets, classics in their own right, presented in our flipper-style CD cover. Choose your own favorite! These two albums have been amongst the most requested for CD release in our label's history. Wait no more, they're yours to spin! Jerry Goldsmith conducts both scores. Intrada Special Collection release available while quantities and interest remain! -INTRADA" Limited collector's edition $19.99. Amazon page here. Complete track info below. Looking for the limited-edition Blu-ray editions of Flint? I hear quantities are running low: Our Man Flint, In Like Flint. Find out why the Flint films came in at #3 in Spy Vibe's countdown of best set designs: full article, Flint chapter


OUR MAN FLINT
: Our Man Flint (1:46) 02. Never Mind, You'd Love It (2:09) 03. It's Gotta Be A World's Record (2:20) 04. Man Does Not Live By Bread Alone (2:16) 05. Take Some Risks, Mr. Flint? (1:40) 06. Tell Me More About That Volcano (2:44) 07. You're A Foolish Man, Mr. Flint (1:46) 08. In Like Flint (1:57) 09. Doing As The Romans Did (2:11) 10. Galaxy A Go-Go! -Or- Live It To Flint (2:15) 11. All I Have To Do Is Take A Bite Of Your Apple? (2:13) 12. Stall! Stall! Flint's Alive (2:01)
Total Time: 25:57

IN LIKE FLINT
: Where The Bad Guys Are Gals ("In Like Flint" Theme) (2:38) 14. Ladies Will Kindly Remove Their Hats (2:45) 15. Lost In Space (2:36) 16. Odin, Dva, Tri, Kick! (3:07) 17. No Rest For The Weary (2:27) 18. Your Zowie Face (Vocal)* (2:34) 19. Mince And Cook Until Tender (2:33) 20. Ahh, Yer Father's Bob-Lip (2:20) 21. Who Was That Lady… ? (2:11) 22. Westward Ho-o-o! (5:37)
* Lyrics By Leslie Bricusse
Total Time: 29:14


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