Posts Tagged ‘James Bond’

1960s Spy Cartoons

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

James Bond ventured onto the silver screen in Dr. No in 1962, during the height of the Cold War.  Sean Connery’s portrayal of the British agent gave audiences an escape from the era’s harsh realities.  The Bond franchise inspired an onslaught of fictional spies.

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All Aboard the Hooterville Cannonball! Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “Petticoat Junction” (Part 4 of 5)

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Sierra Railway #3 began life at the Rogers Locomotive & Machine Works in Paterson, New Jersey as #4493.  Rogers finished constructing the locomotive on March 26, 1891 for the Prescott & Arizona Central Railway where it received the #3 designation.

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James Bond: Spoofs, Parodies, and Parallels

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then James Bond should be very flattered indeed.

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James Bond: The Beginning

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

When President John F. Kennedy declared Ian Fleming to be a favorite author, he unknowingly triggered a popular culture trend.  Kennedy’s statement established Fleming’s creation of fictional spy James Bond as the standard against which spy genre characters are measured.

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1960s Sex Symbols: Spy Girls

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The success of the James Bond franchise during the Cold War inspired several imitators.  Like any trend, the spy genre invited parody.  In the 1960s, especially.

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1960s Sex Symbols: Private Eyes

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Honey West only lasted the 1965-66 season on ABC, but it proved that a sexy, sassy, smart woman can be just as good a private detective as the guys from 77 Sunset Strip, Surfside Six, or Bourbon Street Beat.

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“King Kong” and “Tom of T.H.U.M.B.”

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

King Kong is a New York City film icon.  He climbed to the top of the Empire State Building in the 1933 and 2005 King Kong films.  In 1976, he climbed to the top of the World Trade Center.

But the 1966-67 Saturday morning cartoon series King Kong depicted the title character as domesticated with a family in the jungle.

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Nancy Sinatra and Elvis Presley

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

When Nancy Sinatra co-starred with Elvis Presley in the 1968 film Speedway, she fulfilled a prophecy of sorts that began about eight years prior. (more…)

What’s In Your Company’s Copyright Vault?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Barbara Bain was a member of the original cast of Mission: Impossible, the prime time show that featured a group of clandestine heroes traveling the globe to thwart, capture, and/or kill evildoers.  Mission: Impossible capitalized on the 1960s spy trend led by the popularity of James Bond movies.

Produced by Paramount, owned by Lucille Ball’s Desilu Productions company, and broadcast by CBS, Mission: Impossible aired on prime time from 1966-73.

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