Happy New Year

Happy New Year. I’m back after my summer/Christmas break and feeling pretty good — maybe I have put on a few kilos — but they’ll drop off once I get back into my regular routine (I hope).

January marks the third anniversary of Permission to Kill and I am looking forward to serving up some new spy treats…and some old. I still have to review four Bond films, two Matt Helm films, two Flint films, two Harry Palmer films. For those who like films with a more International flavour, I have plenty of Eurospy, Hong Kong and Bollywood flicks to look at too.

But to break things up a little this year, I am also going to looking at a few genres and film series that I believe influenced the great spy boom in the sixties. I have looked at some of these characters before – like Sherlock Holmes, Bulldog Drummond and The Saint. But this year I intend to cast the net a little wider, and see what I can drag in, and look at how it relates to spy films. Hopefully it will surprise (and amuse) some of you.

The billboard images were taken by my mother while she was holidaying in Venice. Thanks Bev.

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