April 1, 2014

CLOWNING WITH BOND

Happy April Fools from Spy Vibe! Spy Vibers developed a taste for disguises from watching Martin Landau in Mission Impossible and seeing characters like John Drake assume cover roles- sometimes foolish ones- to observe and outwit the enemy. The cinematic Bond tended not to disguise himself beyond jackets and the occasional hat, but Roger Moore's 007 did dress as a clown in Octopussy (1983). In a story only loosely connected to Fleming's The Property of a Lady (and in-name only- Octopussy), Bond played the fool in order to get close enough to deactivate a bomb traveling by circus between East and West Germany. Images from Getty below. If you have a taste for traditional masks, you might also enjoy this bonus collage of Japanese Hyottoko masks. In my old area of Iwate Prefecture in northern Japan, the legendary Hyottoko character was thought to be a foolish looking boy who could pull gold from his belly button- Goldfinger would have adopted him! Hyottoko is most popular as a clownish character in traditional Kyogen theater. Enjoy! Check out recent posts: Spy exhibit at the Pacific Science Center, Ian Fleming letters mystery, 007 Birds of the West Indies exhibit, Trina Robbins interview, Batman '66/Green Hornet interview, Win Scott Eckert talks Honey West, T.H.E. Cat and U.N.C.L.E.


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Recent Ian Fleming posts on Spy Vibe: Fleming Letters MysteryAppropriating BondDouble 007 Book Designs,  Double 007 designs IIrare Ian Fleming editionBook Design DopplegangersTurkish Bond designIan Fleming LettersErno GoldfingerNoel CowardWhispering Jack SmithHawaiian GuitarJoe Fingers Carr, new Ian Fleming CatalogJon Gilbert interview, Double 007 Designs, Bond audio book reissues, discovery of one of Ian Fleming's WWII Commandos, James Bond book covers, Ian Fleming's Playboy interview for Kindle, Spy Vibe's discovery of a rare Ian Fleming serialization, rare View to a Kill, Fleming's Royal gold typewriter, Ian Fleming's memorial address, Spy Vibe's Ian Fleming image archive.

Recent Spy Vibe posts: 
Spy exhibit at the Pacific Science Center, Sylvia AndersonAppropriating Bond Exhibit, Trina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton,  Solar & Bionic Man ReturnThe Saint Library ReleasedDC Fontana Prisoner VideoJames Bond Comic EventTurkish James Bond DesignEdward Gorey's 1960sIpcress File cinematography007 SOLO cover designsBatman Valentines cardsSaturday Cartoons: Marine BoyMary QuantPatrick Macnee, Gloria Steinem and Denny O'Neil on MOD Wonder WomanWin Scott Eckert interview, Siegel and Shuster's SPYDavid McCallum: Son of BatmanJon Gilbert talks FlemingBarbarella TV seriesMeet the Beatles 50thWonderwall comes to Blu-rayBatman StripsDavid Bowie at 67Kevin Dart talks Ringo & Powerpuff GirlsSherlock ExhibitFu Manchu history panelAndy Warhol box set, Six-Million Dollar ManStriped Light NudeBuckminster FullerDylan at NewportJane and SergeThe Goldfinger VariationsMod Tales InterviewDavid Tennant's Ian Fleming audio books, Atomic ArtShane Glines Batman.

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