Greeting, Spy Vibers! I've had a busy time in the Spy Vibe lair getting my art students ready for their annual fall exhibit. But I'm happy to report that I've also been making good progress on the upcoming Spy Vibe book! I'll share more on that when I can. I've been meaning to mention that my latest episode for the Cocktail Nation radio show is up. In this segment I introduced the rare Sixties TV program, Hunter, and played some of the soundtrack. Almost a year before the debut of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service starring Aussie, George Lazenby, Crawford Productions in Melbourne produced its own home-grown spy show. Hunter was steeped in espionage, from missiles and code phrases to assassination plots, and its dynamic action was grounded in Cold War Australia. This provided the Crawford team with a chance to situate stories within the unique local landscape and around cultural centers, as well as to do some memorable filming in Singapore. Hunter followed the adventures of a counterespionage agent (Hunter 5), portrayed by Tony Ward, who worked for a subdivision of C.O.S.M.I.C. (Commonwealth Office of Security & Military Intelligence Co-ordination). Hunter’s characterization also had a local quality, with a natural and outgoing disposition; while Bond sniffed at disappointing brandies, Hunter happily shared bottles of beer with his mates -and his enemies. The baddies in the piece were the Council for the Unification of the Communist World (A.K.A. “The Council”). Their top operative was an enigmatic agent named Kragg, played by Gerard Kennedy, whose icy exterior and many disguises made him a popular character among viewers. I've included Hunter in the upcoming book, so more to come. Check out music bits on Cocktail Nation. Enjoy!
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