September 4, 2015

RUSSIAN GRAPHICS

Spy Vibers might enjoy this recent release by PIE Books that serves up 320 pages of classic graphic design from Russia made between 1905-1922. Although strictly not a Cold War focus, Avant-Garde Graphics in Russia should appeal to readers interested in the history of design, political and avant-garde art, as well as Russian and Soviet design and iconography. From the press release at Bud's Art Books: The influential Russian avant-garde style is revealed as it rarely has been before, with 300 movie posters, propaganda posters, package design, book design, typography, and much more. Produced & imported from Japan, only the introduction is in English but this is mostly about the art, and it’s as wild as it is abundant here. From Buster Keaton films to industrial wonder, plains, trains, cars, bicycles... amazing work. It begins with roots in Fin de Siécle style that was widespread in England, France and Europe at the turn of the 19th century. An artist colony was established outside Moscow, and the Russian equivalent of William Morris & Co began to combine painting and art crafts with theatre and music. By 1910, French influences and Italian Futurist art began to have influences. And things really took off by 1915. The war isolated Russia from the west, and the abstraction in art got even more extreme than anywhere else, crystallized in Russian Avante-Garde. In 1917, the Russian Revolution brought even more acceleration to the movement. Change was everywhere, and political messages went out in the form of wild, abstract poster art. Collage, wild design, Futurism, all were in the melting pot of this unique art movement. By 1922, the revolutionary artists were out and realism reclaimed the artistic stage. The Avante-Garde was over. The roots of Art Deco start to appear here, but that would be a movement primarily in the U.S. and Europe, and looked down upon by the conservative new rulers in Russia. More info at Bud's Art Books and Amazon. Enjoy comrades! 





Selected Spy Vibe posts: Spectre Advanced PosterHonor Blackman at 90UNCLE SchoolIan Fleming MemorialRadiophonic ExhibitPortmeirion PhotosDoctor Who ExhibitFarewell SteedPussy Galore ReturnsDiana Rigg birthdaySherlock at 221BInvisible AgentSaint Interview: Ian DickersonSaint DoppelgängerFleming's TypewriterRare FlemingFleming's MusicIan Fleming's JapanJim Wilson Corgi InterviewFantomas DesignJeremy Duns on BondJohn Buss interviewAvengers Season 5 TitlesSaint VolvoMod Tales InterviewAgente Secreto ComicsDanger Man Comics 2Danger Man ComicsJohn Drake ComicsDer Mann Von UNCLEGolden Margaret NolanMan From UNCLE RocksteadyPussy Galore Calypso, Cynthia Lennon R.I.P.Edward Mann FashionLeonard Nimoy TributeShatner at 84Bob Morane seriesThai Bond DesignBond vs ModernismArt of ModestyTokyo Beat 1964Feraud Mod FashionGreen Hornet MangaNo 6 FestivalAvengers 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 Olsen, Shakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers Interview, Richard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Cold War Archie, Playboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese Books, Trina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.

September 3, 2015

SPECTRE ADVANCED POSTER

A new advanced poster was released today for the upcoming James Bond film, SPECTRE. As the previous posters referenced On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Live and Let Die, the new design continues to mine familiar 007 territory. In a nod to Goldfinger, Daniel Craig is shown in an almost vintage-Bond pose designed around white dinner jacket, red carnation, and pistol. Perhaps the new chapters of the franchise are finally moving closer to classic Bond as far as iconography and vintage elements are concerned. The new score will also include phrases from On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Thunderball. Also of note is the Mexican Day of the Dead imagery behind Craig, which harkens back to the voodoo references in Live and Let Die artwork. Very much looking forward to seeing more graphics leading up to the film's release in the US on November 6th. Enjoy!


Selected Spy Vibe posts: Honor Blackman at 90UNCLE SchoolIan Fleming MemorialRadiophonic ExhibitPortmeirion PhotosDoctor Who ExhibitFarewell SteedPussy Galore ReturnsDiana Rigg birthdaySherlock at 221BInvisible AgentSaint Interview: Ian DickersonSaint DoppelgängerFleming's TypewriterRare FlemingFleming's MusicIan Fleming's JapanJim Wilson Corgi InterviewFantomas DesignJeremy Duns on BondJohn Buss interviewAvengers Season 5 TitlesSaint VolvoMod Tales InterviewAgente Secreto ComicsDanger Man Comics 2Danger Man ComicsJohn Drake ComicsDer Mann Von UNCLEGolden Margaret NolanMan From UNCLE RocksteadyPussy Galore Calypso, Cynthia Lennon R.I.P.Edward Mann FashionLeonard Nimoy TributeShatner at 84Bob Morane seriesThai Bond DesignBond vs ModernismArt of ModestyTokyo Beat 1964Feraud Mod FashionGreen Hornet MangaNo 6 FestivalAvengers 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 Olsen, Shakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers Interview, Richard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Cold War Archie, Playboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese Books, Trina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.

September 1, 2015

MID-CENTURY MODERN DISNEY

Event alert: Fans of Mid-Centurey Modern design are invited to a special event at the Disney Family Museum to explore interesting links between design and many of Walt's projects. From the press release: Walt Disney famously celebrated new technologies and innovative methods of transportation. He also advocated for modern architecture and industrial design during the 1950s and 1960s. Theme park designer Bill Butler hosts a discussion about the influences, artistry, and experiences inspired by Mid-Century Modern design in dozens of Disney creations worldwide. Guest panelists include architectural and cultural historian Alan Hess and author and photographer Bill Cotter. Saturday, September 26th at 1PM. Ticket info at the Disney Family MuseumEnjoy!


Selected Spy Vibe posts: Honor Blackman at 90UNCLE SchoolIan Fleming MemorialRadiophonic ExhibitPortmeirion PhotosDoctor Who ExhibitFarewell SteedPussy Galore ReturnsDiana Rigg birthdaySherlock at 221BInvisible AgentSaint Interview: Ian DickersonSaint DoppelgängerFleming's TypewriterRare FlemingFleming's MusicIan Fleming's JapanJim Wilson Corgi InterviewFantomas DesignJeremy Duns on BondJohn Buss interviewAvengers Season 5 TitlesSaint VolvoMod Tales InterviewAgente Secreto ComicsDanger Man Comics 2Danger Man ComicsJohn Drake ComicsDer Mann Von UNCLEGolden Margaret NolanMan From UNCLE RocksteadyPussy Galore Calypso, Cynthia Lennon R.I.P.Edward Mann FashionLeonard Nimoy TributeShatner at 84Bob Morane seriesThai Bond DesignBond vs ModernismArt of ModestyTokyo Beat 1964Feraud Mod FashionGreen Hornet MangaNo 6 FestivalAvengers 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 Olsen, Shakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers Interview, Richard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Cold War Archie, Playboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese Books, Trina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.

August 30, 2015

TRUE GENTLEMAN

In this brief clip from a 1986 interview, Patrick Macnee talks about how living outside the UK gave him perspective when building the John Steed character for The Avengers. Beginning in the 1950s, Macnee spent much of his time in Canada, and later, in the US. If Spy Vibers have ever lived abroad, you probably remember learning as much about your own country viewing your homeland from afar as an ex-pat (my pun). In an amusing moment during the interview, Macnee mimics the stereotypical mannerisms of the English gentleman and shows how such an approach would never have worked for the series, and in true Patrick form, shows how such a character wouldn't have been able to relate to the women. Ever kind and chivalrous! Happy Sunday, Spy Vibers!


Selected Spy Vibe posts: Honor Blackman at 90UNCLE SchoolIan Fleming MemorialRadiophonic ExhibitPortmeirion PhotosDoctor Who ExhibitFarewell SteedPussy Galore ReturnsDiana Rigg birthdaySherlock at 221BInvisible AgentSaint Interview: Ian DickersonSaint DoppelgängerFleming's TypewriterRare FlemingFleming's MusicIan Fleming's JapanJim Wilson Corgi InterviewFantomas DesignJeremy Duns on BondJohn Buss interviewAvengers Season 5 TitlesSaint VolvoMod Tales InterviewAgente Secreto ComicsDanger Man Comics 2Danger Man ComicsJohn Drake ComicsDer Mann Von UNCLEGolden Margaret NolanMan From UNCLE RocksteadyPussy Galore Calypso, Cynthia Lennon R.I.P.Edward Mann FashionLeonard Nimoy TributeShatner at 84Bob Morane seriesThai Bond DesignBond vs ModernismArt of ModestyTokyo Beat 1964Feraud Mod FashionGreen Hornet MangaNo 6 FestivalAvengers 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 Olsen, Shakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers Interview, Richard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Cold War Archie, Playboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese Books, Trina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.

August 29, 2015

U.N.C.L.E. SALE *ENDED

*SALE ENDED. Deal Alert: The Man From U.N.C.L.E. series is Amazon's deal of the day! This 41-disc box set includes every season of the 1960s classic in new slimline packaging and is packed with many bonus features (details below). Only $59.99! More info on Amazon here. Reviews of the new Guy Ritchie film have been mixed (Spy Vibe enjoyed it! Review here), but there's no substitute for the original when it comes to great chemistry, cool design, and an outstanding soundtrack. Now is a great time to add The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to your library. Enjoy!


Bonus features: Disc One Featurette - The Cloak and Swagger Affair. The Untold History of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. "Solo" - The Original Color Pilot Bonus Feature - U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S.: A Celebration of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Guest Stars Disc Two Featurette - The Spy-Fi Tour: Archives, Art and Artifacts Feature Film - One Spy Too Many, 1966 Bonus Feature - U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S: A Celebration of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Guest Stars Disc Three Interview - Double Agents: The David McCallum and Robert Vaughn Reunion The Secret Tapes of Illya Kuryakin: Home Movies from the Set of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Bonus Feature - U.N.C.L.E. V.I.P.S: A Celebration of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Guest Stars Disc Four Six Original Featurettes, With New Interviews and Exchange Footage · Cold War, Hot Spies: U.N.C.L.E. and the Cold War · Guns, Gizmos, Gadgets and Garb · Behind The Wheel: U.N.C.L.E.'s Piranha · Fandemonium · The Music from U.N.C.L.E. · The Girls of U.N.C.L.E. Promos and Trailers · The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Show Promo-Summer, 1964 · The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Show Promo-1966-'67 · The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Show Promo-Spring, 1967 · The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Show Promo-"The Test Tube Killer Affair" (9/18/67) · The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Show Promo-Fall, 1967 · The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Feature Film Trailer - To Trap A Spy (First U.N.C.L.E. movie-released overseas, 1964; released in U.S., 1966);


The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Feature Film Trailer - The Spy With My Face (Second U.N.C.L.E. movie-released overseas, 1965; released in U.S., 1966) · The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Feature Film Trailer - One Spy Too Many (Third U.N.C.L.E. movie-released overseas and in the U.S., 1966) · The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Feature Film Trailer - One of Our Spies is Missing (Fourth U.N.C.L.E. movie-released overseas, 1966) Official Debriefings: Interviesw with U.N.C.L.E. Actors and Production Staff · Dean Hargrove, Writer, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. · David McCallum, Illya Kuryakin Disc Five Official Debriefings: Interviesw with U.N.C.L.E. Actors and Production Staff · Richard Donner, Director, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. · George Lehr, Assistant Producer, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. · Joseph Sargent, Director, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. · Robert Vaughn, Napoleon Solo TV Appearances and Spots · The Golden Globe Awards for 1965, aired live on The Andy Williams Show, 1/31/66, NBC-Winner, Best TV Show · 1965 Emmy Broadcast, 9/12/65 - Robert Vaughn & David McCallum, Presenters · David McCallum on The Andy Williams Show, 9/20/65 · Tom & Jerry Cartoon - "The Mouse From H.U.N.G.E.R." MGM, 1967 Photo and Image Galleries · Behind the Scenes: Designs and Blueprints from the Set of U.N.C.L.E. · Hidden Camera: An U.N.C.L.E. Photo Gallery · Classified Files: Network and Studio Documents · For Collectors Only: U.N.C.L.E. Memorabilia · Top Secret: U.N.C.L.E. Motion Picture Advertising and Publicity.


Selected Spy Vibe posts: Honor Blackman at 90UNCLE SchoolIan Fleming MemorialRadiophonic ExhibitPortmeirion PhotosDoctor Who ExhibitFarewell SteedPussy Galore ReturnsDiana Rigg birthdaySherlock at 221BInvisible AgentSaint Interview: Ian DickersonSaint DoppelgängerFleming's TypewriterRare FlemingFleming's MusicIan Fleming's JapanJim Wilson Corgi InterviewFantomas DesignJeremy Duns on BondJohn Buss interviewAvengers Season 5 TitlesSaint VolvoMod Tales InterviewAgente Secreto ComicsDanger Man Comics 2Danger Man ComicsJohn Drake ComicsDer Mann Von UNCLEGolden Margaret NolanMan From UNCLE RocksteadyPussy Galore Calypso, Cynthia Lennon R.I.P.Edward Mann FashionLeonard Nimoy TributeShatner at 84Bob Morane seriesThai Bond DesignBond vs ModernismArt of ModestyTokyo Beat 1964Feraud Mod FashionGreen Hornet MangaNo 6 FestivalAvengers 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 Olsen, Shakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers Interview, Richard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Cold War Archie, Playboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese Books, Trina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.

August 27, 2015

JAZ WISEMAN SALE *EXTENDED

Deal alert: *Extended through August 30th: Lulu are offering an additional 30% off (code: SAVE30) all book orders until midnight tonight on top of a 20% sale on cult TV books published by Jaz Wiseman. That means Spy Vibers can save 50% today! Wiseman is celebrated among retro spy fans for his fantastic work on The Avengers box sets, including a series of in-depth interviews with many cast/crew members, documentaries, and his tireless work archiving the graphic design history of our favorite spy shows. He was the man behind The Morning After, a richly textured magazine devoted to The Persuaders! that included many interviews, feature articles, and production history. Wiseman has re-published The Morning After in a series of two massive anthologies, and he has reached into his own vast collection of rarities to make available some unproduced scripts for The New Avengers and Shoestring. As I work on my own upcoming book about the Spy Boom and thriller genre, I'm forever grateful to Jaz for his documentation and many interviews from that world of well-dressed adventure. Sadly, many of the original cast and crew from the 1960s and 1970s have since left us, and Wiseman's publications and contributions to DVD/Blu-ray releases are essential. The current sale will last for a couple of weeks and includes three scripts by Philip Broadley (Secret Agent, The Saint, The Champions, Man in a Suitcase, Department S, Jason King, The Adventurer, Return of The Saint): ShoestringTell Me About it (New Avengers), and Tale of the Double Cross (New Avengers). Readers can also pick up the illustrated collected volumes: The Morning After 1-10 and The Morning After 11-18. More info below. Happy reading!


More about The Morning AfterThe Morning After was established in February/March 1991 as the official The Persuaders!/ITC Appreciation Society by the then copyright owners, the ITC Entertainment Group Ltd. The society mainly concentrated on The Persuaders! in the club magazine, The Morning After but some issues were 'specials' dedicated to other ITC action-adventure series made in the 1960s and 70s such as The Champions, Man In A Suitcase, Department S and The Baron.

Selected Spy Vibe posts: Notes From UNCLE, Honor Blackman at 90UNCLE SchoolIan Fleming MemorialRadiophonic ExhibitPortmeirion PhotosDoctor Who ExhibitFarewell SteedPussy Galore ReturnsDiana Rigg birthdaySherlock at 221BInvisible AgentSaint Interview: Ian DickersonSaint DoppelgängerFleming's TypewriterRare FlemingFleming's MusicIan Fleming's JapanJim Wilson Corgi InterviewFantomas DesignJeremy Duns on BondJohn Buss interviewAvengers Season 5 TitlesSaint VolvoMod Tales InterviewAgente Secreto ComicsDanger Man Comics 2Danger Man ComicsJohn Drake ComicsDer Mann Von UNCLEGolden Margaret NolanMan From UNCLE RocksteadyPussy Galore Calypso, Cynthia Lennon R.I.P.Edward Mann FashionLeonard Nimoy TributeShatner at 84Bob Morane seriesThai Bond DesignBond vs ModernismArt of ModestyTokyo Beat 1964Feraud Mod FashionGreen Hornet MangaNo 6 FestivalAvengers 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 Olsen, Shakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies I, Rodney Marshall Avengers Interview, Richard Sala: Super-Enigmatix, Cold War Archie, Playboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese Books, Trina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.
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