January 25, 2014


Spy Vibers in Germany can look forward to a Hi-Def edition of Stanley Donen's Bedazzled (1967) coming to Blu-ray this March. A classic Faust tale set in Swinging London, the original Bedazzled starred Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Eleanor Bron, and Rachel Welch (as Lust). Cook and Moore were at their peak, capturing the style of the times and slinging satirical observations about contemporary society. In the film, Dudley Moore makes a series of wishes to win the heart of his co-worker, only to be outdone at every turn by the Devil (Cook). A great example is the b&w sequence below, where Moore wishes to become a pop star. Cook follows Dudley's "Love Me" tune with this bad-boy performance. A true classic and Spy Vibe favorite (not to be judge by the 2000 remake). Bedazzled was released in Germany as Teuflisch (previous DVD cover below). Behind-the-scenes footage of the film here. Announcement on Blu-ray here. Hopefully the new transfer will see a North American release soon. Related: Spy Vibe posts about the satire boom in England in the 1960s UK Satire Boom, UK Satire/Surrealism Peter Sellers to John LennonThe Prisoner Fallout, Wonderwall Blu-ray

Recent Spy Vibe posts: David 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 InterviewPete SeegerKraftwerk returns to US, Beatles BBC on Fresh Air, Steranko S.H.I.E.L.D. Artist Editions, David Tennant's Ian Fleming audio books, Atomic ArtModern Architecture LPJulius ShulmanShane Glines Batman, The Prisoner and Captain ScarletDiego Fortunato and Verner Panton, Saturday Morning CartoonsAssassination Bureau on DVD, new Young Bond series, new Hercule Poirot novel, Early Beatles image archive, Julie NewmarErno GoldfingerHitchcock tribute. 

Recent Ian Fleming posts on Spy Vibe: Ian Fleming LettersErno Goldfinger, Ian Fleming Music Series links: Noel 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.

1 comment:

  1. I love the video, with the lyric, "You fill me with inertia." My old college roommate and I used to say that to each other whenever it was appropriate. Still makes me laugh.