February 27, 2013

007 AT SPY MUSEUM


The International Spy Museum is currently running an exhibit called Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of James Bond Villains. Spy Vibers in the area can attend a special talk on March 13th about the "psychology of villainy." From the museum: "The Spy Museum’s new exhibition, Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains, features some of the most memorable fictional evildoers of the last half century. Many were inspired by real world figures or by the actions of real people who were really evil. What makes people move down a dark path?  These experts can tell you exactly how Bond villains demonstrate classic criminal or otherwise aberrant psychological behavior based on their experiences with real offenders: Dr. David L. Charney, who was the psychiatrist for notorious spy Robert Hanssen and interviewed him extensively in prison; and Dr. Stanton Samenow, a noted forensic scientist and author of The Criminal Personality and Inside the Criminal Mind. Dr. Samenow was the prosecution's mental health witness regarding the younger DC sniper, Lee Boyd Malvo. Why would someone betray their country like Robert Hanssen or GoldenEye’s Alec Trevelyan? How realistic is the Stockholm syndrome suffered by Elektra King in The World Is Not Enough? What makes people consider crime as a way of life? In this extraordinary conversation, you’ll learn exactly how maudlin sentimentality—Blofeld’s love for his cat—can coexist with chilling brutality. " More info here. Photo below from You Only Live Twice from the museum's press release.  


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