Showing posts with label events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label events. Show all posts

September 6, 2014

NO 6 ROCKS

When Patrick McGoohan's character No 6 was captured and trapped in the mysterious Village, his first hope was to escape and then return to blow the place off the map. Well, it's almost fifty years later and the Village is being blown away this weekend- by international pop stars! Portmeirion is hosting Festival No 6 for a third year, featuring an incredible lineup of musicians that include Beck, Pet Shop Boys, Badly Drawn Boy, Tom Odell, London Grammar, Neneh Cherry, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, The Radiophonic Workshop, and many others. There is also an extensive Arts & Culture program headlined by Charlie Higson (Young Bond series) and Julian Cope. Festival No 6 will take over Portmeirion for three days (Sept 5-7), with concerts, DJs, readings, movie screenings, and family activities taking place in every available venue- you'll even find bands rocking the Stone Boat. I am not a number, I am ready to boogie! More info here. Video clips from past years on the festival site hereSpy Vibers, have you entered the new contest yet? Spy Vibe has passed one-million visitors and I'm giving away cool vintage prizes. Contest ends Sept 17th. Details here.


Selected Spy Vibe posts: Barbarella Returns007 Audio Books ReturnHarry Palmer BluOne Million PrizesDesigner: Gene WinfieldAvengers Blu-RayAvengers Interview: Michael RichardsonIan Fleming: Wicked GrinJane Bond Hong Kong RecordsRyan Heshka Interview, Comics Week: Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.Comics Week: ArchieComics Week: Robots, Comics Week: Cold War Atomic, Comics Week: SPYMANComics Week: Jimmy OlsenDiana Rigg at 76Gerry Anderson DocMr. Hulot's Box SetRare Avengers ScriptsMan From Uncle UK ComicsMattel X-15Thunderbirds ComicsShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies IBatman NewsMonty Python Fathom SpiesRodney Marshall Avengers InterviewAvengers Book: Bowler Hats & Kinky BootsGeorge Lois Design & Mad MenRichard Sala: Super-EnigmatixBig Fun ToysDanger Diabolik SoundtrackMod Fashion DollsCold War Archie, Playboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese BooksThe 10th Victim German EditionThe Saint books returnTrina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.

September 3, 2014

JAMES BOND FESTIVAL

Spy Vibers in the Kankakee, IL area should clear their calendars this weekend for a special James Bond event. The 007 Film Fest kicks off on Friday with Goldfinger at 7:15pm. But it's the Saturday program you won't want to miss! Between 10AM-2PM, visitors can attend an autograph and book signing session with special guests Maud Adams (The Man With the Golden Gun/The Spy Who Loved Me), Richard Kiel (The Spy Who Loved Me/Moonraker), and author Raymond Benson (James Bond/Black Stiletto). All three of these creative people are huge heroes of mine and I sure wish I could attend. The day will then culminate in a double-feature screening of The Man With the Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me- only $5! More information about location and ticket sales hereEnter to win prizes from Spy Vibe, including vintage James Bond, The Saint, and The Avengers paperbacks. Contest ends September 17th. Details here.


Selected Spy Vibe posts: 007 Audio Books ReturnHarry Palmer BluOne Million PrizesDesigner: Gene WinfieldAvengers Blu-RayAvengers Interview: Michael RichardsonIan Fleming: Wicked GrinJane Bond Hong Kong RecordsRyan Heshka Interview, Comics Week: Man From R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.Comics Week: ArchieComics Week: Robots, Comics Week: Cold War Atomic, Comics Week: SPYMANComics Week: Jimmy OlsenDiana Rigg at 76Gerry Anderson DocMr. Hulot's Box SetRare Avengers ScriptsMan From Uncle UK ComicsMattel X-15Thunderbirds ComicsShakespeare Spies: Diana RiggShakespeare Spies IBatman NewsMonty Python Fathom SpiesRodney Marshall Avengers InterviewAvengers Book: Bowler Hats & Kinky BootsGeorge Lois Design & Mad MenRichard Sala: Super-EnigmatixBig Fun ToysDanger Diabolik SoundtrackMod Fashion DollsCold War Archie, Playboy Bunny InterviewThe 10th Victim Japanese and KindleU.N.C.L.E. Japanese BooksThe 10th Victim German EditionThe Saint books returnTrina Robbins InterviewCatsuits, Batman '66 Green Hornet Interview: Ralph Garman Ty Templeton.

July 2, 2014

PYTHON FATHOM EVENT

Python-mania continues today on Spy Vibe with the announcement that the comedy group's reunion show in London will be broadcast in theaters this month on the big screen! Hosted by Fathom Events, fans will have a chance to see Monty Python Live (mostly) on July 20th. Details at Fathom here. The troupe is currently celebrating their career with a month-long run at the 02 Arena and with summer releases of their album catalog on CD, vinyl, and download editions. See our post Monty Python Returns! for more info and for an overview of the British comedy scene in the 1960s. As a bonus today, Spy Vibers can check out this espionage sketch from the proto-Pythons on At Last the 1948 Show (1967) with John Cleese and Marty Feldman. The episode kicks off with The Avengers theme by Laurie Johnson. You might even spot the lovely Aimi MacDonald (from The Avengers episode, Return of the Cybernauts). The spy segment starts at 6:06, after a psychiatrist skit starring Cleese. The episode also includes an early version of the 'Four Yorkshiremen' skit that later became a mainstay in their stage tours. Enjoy... and always look on the bright side of life!


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July 1, 2014

MONTY PYTHON RETURNS!

Monty Python celebrates their career with new record releases and a live show! As London audiences line up tonight to see the return of Monty Python on stage (runs through July at the 02 Arena- see preview below), a comprehensive collection of Python records was released yesterday in England by UMC. Their tunes got the deluxe treatment with a 2-CD release of Monty Python Sings (again) with unreleased tracks, a bonus album, and a 32-page booklet. But the news that will really have Spy Vibers swooning and practicing their silly walks is the release of  a career-spanning box set entitled Monty Python’s Total Rubbish: The Complete Collection. The set includes the group's nine UK albums: "Monty Python’s Flying Circus", "Another Monty Python Record", "Monty Python’s Previous Record", "Matching Tie and Handkerchief", "Live at Drury Lane", "Holy Grail", "Life of Brian", "Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album", "The Meaning Of Life", and a limited edition 7" Single of their 1974 flexi-disc ‘Monty Python’s Tiny Black Round Thing’- all on glorious vinyl! Here is a preview of the group's new show Monty Python Live (mostly) from their Youtube channel:


Monty Python followed in the tradition of The Goons (Peter Sellers) and Beyond the Fringe (Peter Cook, Dudley Moore) by pushing social satire further and helping to lead a wave of surrealism in 1960s. An overview of the comedy scene in 60s UK continues below. Related Spy Vibe posts: Satire Boom, The Prisoner FalloutWonderwall Blu-ray, Surreal/Satire Boom, Peter Sellers 3, Peter Sellers Beatles Blooper.


Satire Boom: With the rise of youth culture and a questioning of traditional class roles, social satire became the new frontier in late 1950s/early 1960s British humor. Following in the footsteps of Peter Sellers and The Goons, who offered a wild send-up of British characters and institutions, young comedians like Peter Cook and Dudley Moore of Beyond the Fringe and the future members of Monty Python became the acerbic voice of the generation. Some of the popular targets included class, the generation gap, authority, official media, media styles/conventions, education, family, and the job market. Comedy fans may recall Beyond the Fringe skits like The Great Train RobberySitting on the Bench, and my fave below, One Leg Too Few. Film fans may remember John Schlesinger's Billy Liar (Tom Courtenay/1963) for its blend of satire and fantasy. John Lennon played a key role in this satirical climate, with his James Thurber-like published books of cartoons and poetry, In His Own Write (1964) and A Spaniard in the Works (1965).



Surrealism Boom: Surrealism experienced a rather major renaissance in the early-mid 1960s. Long before the mind-altering psychedelia that we associate with the 1960s was introduced, influential artists like John Lennon were already thinking outside the box. Inspired by the surrealism of Lewis Carroll, Lennon and others challenged the status quo with a playful and eschewed view. One figure who loomed large in this movement was an American ex-pat in London named Richard Lester, who had worked with the Goons on television projects. At the dawn of the sixties, he collaborated with Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan on a short film called the Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1960). John Lennon, a fan of The Goons, loved the movie and kept Lester in mind when it came time for The Beatles to make a motion picture. Seeing a clip from Running Jumping below, I'm sure Spy Vibers will recognize a gag which echoed through Monty Python skits years later. Fish-Slapping dance anyone?



Richard Lester was picked to direct The Beatles in A Hard Day's Night (1964), also groundbreaking for its surreal segments, and he continued to helm the films, Help! (The Beatles/1965) and How I Won the War (Tom Courtenay/John Lennon/1967). Lester also teamed with James Bond composer, John Barry, in two major pieces for the 1960s, The Knack... and How to Get it (Rita Tushingham/1965) and Petulia (Julie Christie/1968). Fans of The Monkees might recognize a scene inspired by The Knack, where the characters wheel a bed through traffic.


Lewis Carroll: The surreal and whimsical work of Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) resonated throughout the Arts in early-mid sixties England. John Lennon often listed the author as an influence on his own imagery (see I am the Walrus below). A notable celebration of Lewis Carroll came in 1966 with the BBC's production of The Wednesday Play. With a soundtrack by Ravi Shankar, this surreal Alice film starred a who's-who of British talent, including Peter Sellers, Wilfrid Brambell, Leo McKern, Sir Michael Redgrave, Eric Idle (Monty Python), Sir John Gielgud, and all four members of Beyond the Fringe: Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, and writer/director, Jonathan Miller. Spy Vibers will recognize a number of actors in the film for their appearances in the satirical/surreal spy shows, The Avengers and The Prisoner.



The 4th Wall: An element that is pointed out when discussing the performance style of 60s surreal spy show The Corridor People is the breaking of the fourth wall, or when actors speak directly to the audience. This was not a new technique. Eugene O'Neill is one playwright who employed it in his play, Strange Interlude. This was parodied in the 1930s by the Marx Brothers, where Groucho actually speaks of "corridors." The convention was also seen in the wartime and post-war comedies of Bob Hope and Warner Brothers animation studio. The sudden, snappy interplay between character and viewer was hip again in the 1960s and seen often in British films. This convention of storytelling had an element of participation that I believe created a deeper level of engagement with the largely young audience. Where we watched Truffaut's Julie Christie interact on-screen with a TV soap opera in Fahrenheit 451 (1966), films like Alfie (1966), How I Won the War (1967), and The Knack...and How to Get it (1965) actually put the movie-going viewer right into the action.





Python: Emerging from the comedy scene in university and honing their craft on shows like At Last the 1948 Show and Do Not Adjust Your Set, the Python troupe 
pushed the elements of social satire and surrealism further for a new generation. Like Beyond the Fringe before them, they had a knack for turning class roles and media conventions on their head. Their records did a good job capturing many of their popular skits and scenes from their feature films. The group always had an amusing meta and cynical perspective on their recordings-as-product, which was illustrated in their tendency to use titles like Monty Python’s Contractual Obligation Album, Total Rubbish, The Final Rip Off, and even show titles, like Eric Idle's Greedy Bastard Tour. Some favorite Python highlights below: Bookshop, Four Yorkshiremen (original w Marty Feldman), Argument Clinic, and Northern Playwright. 


Additional Viewing: Essential faves from the satire/surrealism boom also include The Wrong Box (Michael Caine/Peter Cook/Dudley Moore/1966) Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974)Not Only But Also (Peter Cook/Dudley Moore/1965-1970), Bedazzled (Peter Cook/Dudley Moore/1967), The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (Peter Cook/1970), and below: The Bed Sitting Room (Richard Lester/Peter Cook/Rita Tushingham/1969) and Magical Mystery Tour (The Beatles/1967).

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April 22, 2014

HONOR BLACKMAN TOUR

Avenger and Bond Girl, Honor Blackman, is currently on a short tour of speaking engagements. Taking the stage in Honor Blackman As Herself, she discusses stories from her career, including the Swinging London years portraying Pussy Galore in Goldfinger, as well as playing the original leather Avenger Cathy Gale in The Avengers. From her website: "Whilst Honor's career stretches over sixty glorious years, she has rarely appeared simply as herself. Here, in conversation with her colleague and friend Richard Digby Day she will look back over this astonishing life, her beginnings, her family, her rise to stardom with her usual sense of humour and perspective. She will also be singing a few of her favourite songs." Hopefully she will include the Avengers tune Kinky Boots! Upcoming UK dates are May 8th, 12th, and 25th. Story continues below.


Speaking to the Coventry Telegraph, the actress spoke about how The Avengers launched her as "a pin-up as the smart, sexy, gun-wielding, judo throwing anthropologist Cathy Gale. 'I really did go to judo classes,' she says. At the age of 37 she was cast as Pussy Galore in Goldfinger." And if you ever wondered if she really was a natural action star: “When I was in the Civil Service I became a dispatch rider. Because all the men were at war they asked girls to volunteer to learn how to ride a motorbike and go from hospital to hospital in an emergency carrying blood. Sadly I never got to because no-one ran out. But we used to ride across London- it frightened my mother to death. I was known as Top Gear Tessie. I remember riding on the A4 from London to Oxford with my feet on the petrol tank singing at the top of my voice.” Spy Vibe wishes Honor Blackman all the best for her upcoming shows and hope she will make it to some dates in the States. Below with Sean Connery in Goldfinger


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