December 17, 2014

ROAD TO HONG KONG

Olive Films has just announced their upcoming release of The Road to Hong Kong on Blu-ray. Fans of this classic Bing Crosby/Bob Hope vehicle have noticed the film's absence from various Road series collections over the years. The movie was available briefly in 2002, but has since gone out of print with discs fetching upwards of $50. Released on May 22nd 1962, The Road to Hong Kong is not often highly rated in the series, but it does feature our vaudevillian heroes caught up in a SPY adventure around a secret Russian formula for rocket fuel! With Dr No premiering on October 5th, 1962, Bing and Bob beat Bond in the Cold War movie space race by almost five months. From Blu-ray: "Bob Hope and Bing Crosby star as conmen Chester Babcock and Harry Turner in their final 'road' comedy collaboration. When Chester loses his memory, a wacky espionage adventure ensues for the wisecracking duo, taking them from Sri Lanka to Hong Kong via Tibet - and outer space. Along the way they become entangled with a beautiful but deadly spy, Diane (Joan Collins), who will stop at nothing to get her hands on a secret Russian formula for rocket fuel that Chester has inadvertently memorized. The film features cameo appearances from stars including Peter Sellers, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and David Niven." Our Man David Foster of Permission To Kill included The Road to Hong Kong is his top-5 spy set designs- details here. Foster also appeared in our For Your Shelf Only collector series here. Learn more: Bing Crosby, Bob HopeRoad series.

  
Selected Spy Vibe posts: Inside Gerry AndersonRingo Does GoldfingerSixties Beat WearSPECTRE AnnouncedPopular SkulltureNew Gerry Anderson SetsNew SECRET AGENT setArt of ModestyAvengers Blu-ray updateTokyo Beat 1964Polaroid SpyModesty MondayFeraud Mod FashionFlint Scores!Bond DanishHome MoviesNew Richard Sala BookNew 007 ComicsDesigning Bond BooksGreen Hornet MangaMargaret Nolan ArtNo 6 FestivalBarbarella Returns007 Audio Books ReturnDesigner: Gene WinfieldAvengers 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 OlsenRare Avengers ScriptsMan From Uncle UK ComicsMattel X-15Thunderbirds ComicsShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers InterviewAvengers Book: Bowler Hats & Kinky BootsGeorge Lois Design & Mad MenRichard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Danger Diabolik Soundtrack, Cold 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.

December 16, 2014

BOND ARTIST: BRIAN BYSOUTH

Agent Peter at our sister site, Illustrated 007, has posted an interesting interview with artist Brian Bysouth. Best known among Spy Vibers for painting the iconic poster art for For Your Eyes Only, A View To a Kill, and The Living Daylights, Bysouth shares stories about his process and involvement in a number of James Bond productions. Read the full interview here


Selected Spy Vibe posts: Inside Gerry AndersonRingo Does GoldfingerSixties Beat WearSPECTRE AnnouncedPopular SkulltureNew Gerry Anderson SetsNew SECRET AGENT setArt of ModestyAvengers Blu-ray updateTokyo Beat 1964Polaroid SpyModesty MondayFeraud Mod FashionFlint Scores!Bond DanishHome MoviesNew Richard Sala BookNew 007 ComicsDesigning Bond BooksGreen Hornet MangaMargaret Nolan ArtNo 6 FestivalBarbarella Returns007 Audio Books ReturnDesigner: Gene WinfieldAvengers 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 OlsenRare Avengers ScriptsMan From Uncle UK ComicsMattel X-15Thunderbirds ComicsShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers InterviewAvengers Book: Bowler Hats & Kinky BootsGeorge Lois Design & Mad MenRichard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Danger Diabolik Soundtrack, Cold 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.

December 15, 2014

RAYMOND BENSON TALKS

Like many James Bond fans, I found Raymond Benson's James Bond Bedside Companion at a time when there were few resources out there to learn about Ian Fleming and the movie series based on his famous secret agent. I literally wore out two copies of the Bedside Companion as a young fan. Benson's book led to an invitation by the Fleming estate to pen 007 continuation novels when John Gardner announced he was leaving the series. Since that time, Benson has written 34 novels that include James Bond, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Metal Gear Solid, and a new series about his character, The Black Stiletto. Benson sat down with Writing Magazine to discuss his career, writing process, the writing business, and his many adventures around the globe doing research for Bond. Interview link hereLittle did I know as a shy young reader that I would grow up to write my own books. Raymond Benson kindly read an early manuscript to my first Miki Zero novel, Elevator Girl, and offered his endorsement and blurb for the project. If I could go back in time to council my younger self, I would surely advise young Jace to hang in there and know that it is possible to find your tribe of artists and create. I have so much appreciation for the inspiration that Benson provided me as a kid and for his support as an adult! Learn more: Raymond Benson, Ian Fleming


Selected Spy Vibe posts: Inside Gerry AndersonRingo Does GoldfingerSixties Beat WearSPECTRE AnnouncedPopular SkulltureNew Gerry Anderson SetsNew SECRET AGENT setArt of ModestyAvengers Blu-ray updateTokyo Beat 1964Polaroid SpyModesty MondayFeraud Mod FashionFlint Scores!Bond DanishHome MoviesNew Richard Sala BookNew 007 ComicsDesigning Bond BooksGreen Hornet MangaMargaret Nolan ArtNo 6 FestivalBarbarella Returns007 Audio Books ReturnDesigner: Gene WinfieldAvengers 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 OlsenRare Avengers ScriptsMan From Uncle UK ComicsMattel X-15Thunderbirds ComicsShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers InterviewAvengers Book: Bowler Hats & Kinky BootsGeorge Lois Design & Mad MenRichard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Danger Diabolik Soundtrack, Cold 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.

December 13, 2014

BOND AUDIO

Happy Saturday, Spy Vibers! Spend the weekend with James Bond audiobooks. With the Ian Fleming Reloaded Series back in print, we've never had so many great readers bringing those Bond adventures to life. Hear samples of the original 007 and continuation novels read by Simon Vance at AudioGo via DownpourSee my interview with Vance on Spy Vibe hereAmbling Books has listed a brief (but tantalizing!) segment of Raymond Benson's Zero Minus Ten on their website, where you can now download the unabridged story for $8.49. Ambling currently has many Bond and Young Bond audiobooks on sale for download- details here. You can also find Raymond Benson's novels and audiobooks at Amazon and AmazonUk. Where to start? With my background in Japan, I'm an especially big fan of Benson's The Man With the Red Tattoo. Related posts: 007 Audio Returns, Sherlock read by Vance, David Tennant Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Learn more: Ian Fleming Publications, Raymond Benson. Enjoy!



Selected Spy Vibe posts: Inside Gerry AndersonRingo Does GoldfingerSixties Beat WearSPECTRE AnnouncedPopular SkulltureNew Gerry Anderson SetsNew SECRET AGENT setArt of ModestyAvengers Blu-ray updateTokyo Beat 1964Polaroid SpyModesty MondayFeraud Mod FashionFlint Scores!Bond DanishHome MoviesNew Richard Sala BookNew 007 ComicsDesigning Bond BooksGreen Hornet MangaMargaret Nolan ArtNo 6 FestivalBarbarella Returns007 Audio Books ReturnDesigner: Gene WinfieldAvengers 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 OlsenRare Avengers ScriptsMan From Uncle UK ComicsMattel X-15Thunderbirds ComicsShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers InterviewAvengers Book: Bowler Hats & Kinky BootsGeorge Lois Design & Mad MenRichard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Danger Diabolik Soundtrack, Cold 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.

December 12, 2014

INSIDE GERRY ANDERSON

New release: Stand by for Action Designs! Egmont UK will publish a new book in February called Inside the Worlds of Gerry Anderson. For Spy Vibers who love gadgets, this 128-page hardcover collection features Graham Bleathman's cutaway illustrations for every vehicle, machine, and setting seen in shows like Stingray, Thunderbirds, Fireball XL5, Captain Scarlet and Joe 90. The book also includes craft and locations seen only in the comic strips. An invaluable resource for readers planning to build their own secret base or transforming vehicle for land, sea, or sky! Anderson's cult TV projects shined with adventurous imagination and looking at these detailed designs will surely bring out the kid in us all. More details at Amazon, AmazonUK, and Bud's Art Books. Related posts: new DVD sets, Thunderbirds Comic Collection, License to Kill PuppetsAnderson Models, Sylvia Anderson Fashion, The Prisoner and Captain Scarlet, Set Design Countdown #9, Nehru Jackets. Learn more: Graham Bleathman, Gerry Anderson, Mike Trim. I suggest fans also check out the new documentary Filmed in Supermarionation (now on DVD/Blu-ray and iTunes UK).






Selected Spy Vibe posts: Ringo Does GoldfingerSixties Beat WearSPECTRE AnnouncedPopular SkulltureNew Gerry Anderson SetsNew SECRET AGENT setArt of ModestyAvengers Blu-ray updateTokyo Beat 1964Polaroid SpyModesty MondayFeraud Mod FashionFlint Scores!Bond DanishHome MoviesNew Richard Sala BookNew 007 ComicsDesigning Bond BooksGreen Hornet MangaMargaret Nolan ArtNo 6 FestivalBarbarella Returns007 Audio Books ReturnDesigner: Gene WinfieldAvengers 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 OlsenRare Avengers ScriptsMan From Uncle UK ComicsMattel X-15Thunderbirds ComicsShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers InterviewAvengers Book: Bowler Hats & Kinky BootsGeorge Lois Design & Mad MenRichard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Danger Diabolik Soundtrack, Cold 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.

December 11, 2014

PAUL WELLER AT GENESIS

New release: Paul Weller (The Jam) has teamed up with Genesis Publications to create a limited-edition book called Into Tomorrow about the Mod songster's solo career since 1992. The lavish project features over 800 photographs with hand-written captions in a hand-bound leather volume with acrylic slipcase. Limited to 2,000 copies, each book is signed and numbered by Weller and photographer Lawrence Watson. Weller has also included a 10" record with four exclusive tracks. More info here. Genesis published a similar deluxe book/record package about Weller's early career in The Jam and Style Council called A Thousand Things in 2008 (now sold out). New to Genesis? The publisher specializes in curated projects with major artists (often from the 1960s and 1970s) to create signed limited-editions with exclusive content. Some of their past collaborators have included Astrid Kirchherr, George Harrison, Yoko Ono, Ringo StarrBob Dylan, The Who, Jimmy Page, Ravi Shankar, George Martin, Brian Wilson, Lou Reed, and David Bowie. As you might imagine, the editions can be pretty pricey, but the exquisite design and attention to detail will definitely appeal to collectors of rare books and fans of popular music. 



Selected Spy Vibe posts: Ringo Does GoldfingerSixties Beat WearSPECTRE AnnouncedPopular SkulltureNew Gerry Anderson SetsNew SECRET AGENT setArt of ModestyAvengers Blu-ray updateTokyo Beat 1964Polaroid SpyModesty MondayFeraud Mod FashionFlint Scores!Bond DanishHome MoviesNew Richard Sala BookNew 007 ComicsDesigning Bond BooksGreen Hornet MangaMargaret Nolan ArtNo 6 FestivalBarbarella Returns007 Audio Books ReturnDesigner: Gene WinfieldAvengers 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 OlsenRare Avengers ScriptsMan From Uncle UK ComicsMattel X-15Thunderbirds ComicsShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers InterviewAvengers Book: Bowler Hats & Kinky BootsGeorge Lois Design & Mad MenRichard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Danger Diabolik Soundtrack, Cold 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.

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