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Beyond Bond: Spies in Fiction and Film

Beyond Bond: Spies in Fiction and Film

by Wesley Britton


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275985561
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Wesley Britton is the author of Spy Television (Praeger, 2004), the first book-length study of espionage television series. He is also the author of several articles for journals, encyclopedias, and periodicals, as well as book reviews and poetry.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements

THE 39 STEPS: Creating a Genre

Maugham, Ambler, and Greene: The Loss of Innocence

On the Air, on the Screen, and in Word-Balloons: Heroes on Radio and Film before the Cold War

McCarthy, Television, and Film Noir: the Russians Arrive

"Cloak and Swagger": James Bond and The Spy Renaissance in the 1960s

From George Smiley to Bernard Sampson: The Counter-Fleming Movement

The Cold War Inside Out: "Whose side are you on?"

From the Evil Empire to The Great Satan: Spying in the Reagan Years

Big Screen Pyrotechnics and Eyes in the Sky: Spies in a Technological World


More Fact than Fiction: Espionage After 9/11

Chapter Notes

Works Cited

Preface and Acknowledgements

What People are Saying About This

Peter Earnest

"[A] stunning achievement. A scintillating, sharp-eyed romp over two centuries of culture and reality, Wesley Britton's book confidently traverses the overlapping spheres of literacy fiction, film, and fact showing how they have combined and interacted over the decades to produce ever-evolving, three dimensional portraits of the spy, his enemies, and his shadowy world. Britton demonstrates a finely-tuned, close acquaintance with the wide array of authors, actors, producers, directors, eccentrics, books, films, and real spies that create and populate this world. And for good measure, drawing on his earlier, equally well-researched work, Spy Television, Britton interweaves his sprightly narrative with allusions to the spy portraits rendered in that medium. A joy to read, it will become the standard reference."

Vic Flick

"Wes Britton's Beyond Bond is a must buy for any spy aficionado worth the radio in his shoe. (Get Smart, for those youngsters amongst us.) Wes manages to cram more interesting details about spies into his book than one would think possible. Through my music, I have been closely associated with the film spy movement, the James Bond Theme, The Prisoner, and other spy-related entertainment for more than 40 years, and this book proves how little I knew. Buy it and enjoy."

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