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    After working on this project for several years, my sixties spy film book, now called Guns, Girls and Gadgets: Sixties Spy Films Uncovered will eventually see light of day, hopefully being printed in December by Quoit Media.

    The book covers 50 films in detail, (all the movies of the main sixties spy film franchises Bond, U.N.C.L.E., Matt Helm, Harry Palmer, Derek Flint, Bulldog Drummond) including behind the scenes, alternate casting choices, filming locations, production dates, censorship and merchandising.

    Each chapter begins with a teaser of the film’s storyline designed to interest the reader and make them continue reading, but not giving away the ending so readers can still watch and enjoy the movie, even using the book as a guide while watching. The chapter then continues, giving information on the original novel that the picture is based on, or if the production featured an original character and screenplay then how the concept came into being. All the chapters give an overview of chronological events, which continue with an explanation on how the senior production crew came together and how financial backing for the movie was obtained.

    The story of how the picture was assembled continues with writing and rewriting the script and how the project was developed, before progressing into pre-production and casting. From here things continue with location filming (both in the UK and worldwide), behind the scenes and studio-bound interior filming. Going further, tailored effects are highlighted including the hero’s vehicles and firearms that are all name-checked. Attention is also given to censorship issues and in all instances the original UK cinema release dates are given.

    There is also a listing of the credited cast and production crew, plus uncredited cast and crew. This section is then followed by the listing of merchandise associated with the film including spin-off paperback books, 7 inch vinyl singles, soundtracks on both LP record and CD, plus DVD and Blu-ray releases all complete with dates of issue.

    CONTENTS

    01 DR NO (1st James Bond film)

    02 FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (2nd James Bond film)

    03 HOT ENOUGH FOR JUNE

    04 TO TRAP A SPY (1st The Man from U.N.C.L.E. film)

    05 GOLDFINGER (3rd James Bond film)

    06 CARRY ON SPYING

    07 MASQUERADE

    08 THE SPY WITH MY FACE (2nd The Man from U.N.C.L.E. film)

    09 THE IPCRESS FILE (1st Harry Palmer film)

    10 THE INTELLIGENCE MEN

    11 WHERE THE SPIES ARE

    12 THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

    13 THUNDERBALL (4th James Bond film)

    14 OUR MAN FLINT (1st Derek Flint film)

    15 THE LIQUIDATOR

    16 ARABESQUE

    17 A MAN COULD GET KILLED

    18 THE SILENCERS: (1st Matt Helm film)

    19 MODESTY BLAISE

    20 ONE SPY TOO MANY (3rd The Man from U.N.C.L.E. film)

    21 ONE OF OUR SPIES IS MISSING (4th The Man from U.N.C.L.E. film)

    22 THE DEADLY AFFAIR

    23 FUNERAL IN BERLIN (2nd Harry Palmer film)

    24 THE DOUBLE MAN

    25 THE VENETIAN AFFAIR

    26 THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM

    27 DEADLIER THAN THE MALE (1st Bulldog Drummond film)

    28 THE SPY WITH A COLD NOSE

    29 IN LIKE FLINT (2nd Derek Flint film)

    30 THE MILLION EYES OF SUMARU

    31 YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (5th James Bond film)

    32 MURDERERS’ ROW (2nd Matt Helm film)

    33 THE NAKED RUNNER

    34 THE SPY IN THE GREEN HAT (5th The Man from U.N.C.L.E. film)

    35 OPERATION KID BROTHER

    36 ASSIGNMENT K

    37 BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN (3rd Harry Palmer film)

    38 THE KARATE KILLERS (6th The Man from U.N.C.L.E. film)

    39 A DANDY IN ASPIC

    40 DANGER ROUTE

    41 THE AMBUSHERS (3rd Matt Helm film)

    42 ICE STATION ZEBRA

    43 THE HELICOPTER SPIES (7th The Man from U.N.C.L.E. film)

    44 HAMMERHEAD

    45 HOW TO STEAL THE WORLD (8th The Man from U.N.C.L.E. film)

    46 OTLEY

    47 SOME GIRLS DO: (2nd Bulldog Drummond film)

    48 THE WRECKING CREW (4th Matt Helm film)

    49 THE CHAIRMAN

    50 ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE (6th James Bond film)




  • #2
    Thanks are on order to about 20 BritMovie patrons who over the past few years have assisted me with this enormous project and so a big thank-you to the following...

    Anthony McKay, Mariocki, Nick Dando, Gerald Lovell, Cornershop 15, Simon Coward, Christopher Matheson, Catwaezle67, DocRobertPepper, Ghughesarch, Harryshand, Luke 1081, Mark O, MikeB, Odeonman, Rick C, Sandgrounder, Spinalman, Tavistock and Tigon Man.

    Needless to say all those mentioned also receive a thanks in the book.

    Mikey
    Senior Member
    Last edited by Mikey; 30 October 2021, 12:40 PM.

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    • #3
      I do love my Spies as well as horror so I'll be buying a copy, well done on getting it published Mikey.

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      • #4
        tv horror

        Thanks for the positive outlook . There's five years research and writing and almost a couple of years waiting for everyone to come to terms with Covid, so I'll be happy to see the finished product.

        Its been a real labour of love.

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      • #5
        I’m pleased to announce that Guns, Girls and Gadgets: Sixties Spy Films Uncovered has now been printed and that ordered copies will be dispatched in the next few days.

        Anyone wishing to obtain a copy just follow the link.

        http://www.quoitmedia.co.uk/gunsgirlsgadgets.htm

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        • Harryshand
          Harryshand
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          Harryshand commented
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          Congratulations Mikey on the publication and glad to have been of some assistance many moons ago. Book looks great.

      • #6
        Harry

        Thanks for your assistance and positive outlook.

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        • #7
          This is a great book and I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in the genre. Superb.

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          • #8
            mariocki

            Many thanks for the kind words. I'm hoping that anyone with any interest at all in sixties spy movies, including Bond, The Man from UNCLE, Matt Helm, Harry Palmer, Derek Flint, Bulldog Drummond etc etc, will give this a once over as it is an extremely detailed account of the production on 50 movies that helped create the spy film craze of that decade. There are quite a few films covered in this book that have not really been covered anywhere before and I hope this will become the reference book for sixties spy and secret agent movies.

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            • #9
              I have just completed an interview with Jason Whiton over on his blog SpyVibe covering the hows and why I wrote Guns, Girls and Gadgets: Sixties Spy Films Uncovered. Plus, I also go into detail about choosing the 50 spy movies that I look at in the book and the ones that got away, basically the films I considered for inclusion, but that I ultimately decided against covering.

              https://spyvibe.blogspot.com/2022/01...s-gadgets.html

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              • #10
                I guess the sales are going well Mikey.
                I've just looked on Amazon, to order it through Prime and it's temporarily out of stock!

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                • #11
                  Tigon Man

                  Its the old story of Amazon not treating small publishers very well and taking a large percentage of the price and so Quoit Media will want to make back most of the printing costs on sales through their own website, before making a kindle version available and allowing sales through Amazon.

                  I have seen the image/listing on Amazon UK and so there are ready for the green light from Quoit. However I do not know when that will come, but I will announce it here when it does.

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                  • #12
                    Originally posted by Tigon Man View Post
                    I guess the sales are going well Mikey.
                    I've just looked on Amazon, to order it through Prime and it's temporarily out of stock!
                    Tigon Man

                    Good news. Go back to the Amazon UK page where it says Temporarily Out Of Stock and go to See All Formats And Editions and this brings up a screen on right-hand side, in which you will see the option of buying new copies for £16.99 with a £2.80 delivery charge.

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by Mikey View Post

                      Tigon Man

                      Good news. Go back to the Amazon UK page where it says Temporarily Out Of Stock and go to See All Formats And Editions and this brings up a screen on right-hand side, in which you will see the option of buying new copies for £16.99 with a £2.80 delivery charge.
                      Now available on the main screen at Amazon UK and also available on eBay.

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