Reds! Official Fanfiction Thread (Part Two)

THE MOGUL (1990) (Mr.E)
  • The Mogul (1990)

    Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

    In 1974, an elderly Jack L. Warner lives in relative obscurity in a Havana retirement home. He suffered a stroke, which leaves him unable to speak or walk. He is watching a television, which morphs from a British period drama to the 1902 film The Great Train Robbery. Jack is suddenly thrust back into 1903 in Youngstown, Ohio, where he and his brothers screen the film in a rented theater, first marking their impact in the film industry.

    In 1918, after years as distributors and minor producers, the Warner Brothers (Sam, Harry, Albert, and Jack) establish a studio in Culver City, California, where they make a successful war film (My Four Years in Germany), but are unable to replicate that success. Eventually, they are forced to move to a studio on Olive Avenue. There, in 1923, a veteran named Lee Duncan brings in a German Shepard that he had found in a bombed out kennel in France. Jack perceives Rin-Tin-Tin as intelligent and manageable, and he proves a massive box office hit with his films, saving WB. A young man named Darryl F. Zanuck rises from writing one of Rin Tin Tin’s pictures to become Warner’s leading executive producer.

    In 1925, Sam begins to negotiate with the company Western Electric to develop a new sound technology for film. While the others are skeptical, Sam manages to get them on his side, and the new Vitaphone system is put to work for the 1928 feature The Jazz Singer, starring Broadway star Al Jolson. However, the day before the premiere of the film, Sam Warner dies of pneumonia (though the film implies his brothers may have had a hand in his death). The Jazz Singer puts Warner Brothers on the map, and they follow up this success with crime films like The Public Enemy and Little Caesar. However, WB’s success and their authoritarian rule over the studio also puts them into conflict with the various guilds and unions in Hollywood. Jack provides information about some of his staff involved with strikes or the burgeoning communist movement to the MPPDA to ensure they don’t get work, and testifies with other studio heads like Louis B. Mayer and Harry Cohn in front of the Fish Committee about Communist activities in Hollywood.

    As the Revolution comes to California, the Warners are split as to where to go. Harry wants to return to Canada, while Jack advocates taking their resources to Cuba. As the Warner lot becomes closer to the Red line, the Warner Bros attempt to flee. Harry and Albert both receive telegrams from Jack, telling them the location of a smuggler that could take them to Canada. However, Harry ends up in a location just outside of Los Angeles, where he is soon caught in the middle of a battle, and killed. Albert is killed in a similar fashion, as his limousine is caught in gunfire.

    Jack soon arrives in Havana, where he formally relocates the Warner lot (recreated to look like the old Culver City one), and quickly uses his existing resources and experience to establish Warner Bros as a leading film producer for the new Cuban market, and himself among the White American business clique. He is bitter when he learns that Zanuck has stayed in the mainland, and taken over operations of the old studio for the Reds, feeling Zanuck had betrayed him personally, though he finds a new protege in David O. Selznick, a former RKO executive.

    Despite this, there are fewer resources in Cuba than in the US, so he pools his resources with previous bitter rival Cohn and Columbia Pictures. This partnership proves very fruitful in 1938 when the two co-produce an adaptation of White exile Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller Gone with the Wind, starring Errol Flynn and Vivian Leigh.

    The mega-success of Gone with the Wind impresses General MacArthur, who commissions the new Warner-Columbia alliance to make films promoting the “American Way”, and offers him massive subsidies through a new program from the “Department of Communications” to make movies to promote Cuban policies.

    The program begins with epic American historical features like Washington’s War and Gettysburg, before Cuba enters the war in South America. Warner and Cohn are commissioned to make a film about the war effort. Plagiarizing an old World War I script from the pre-Revolution days, In the Jungle proves a massive success, and provides a road map for Warner and Columbia to make large, epic war films, with racist views of native Cubans and big battle scenes. These Macaco films further curry favor with MacArthur, and Warner and Cohn end up in his inner circle, influencing policy, and becomes Cuba’s leading tastemaker.

    During the war, Frank McCarthy, a former line producer at Columbia, crosses over into WB, and becomes a protege of Selznick. McCarthy’s brother Tommy is a high ranking figure in the Irish Mob (McCarthy, in fact, describes his childhood and young adulthood to Warner as very similar to James Cagney’s character in The Public Enemy), and Warner is convinced by his friend Meyer Lansky (one of the heads of the Havana Outfit) to promote McCarthy to an executive position.

    As the war winds down, and “Macaco films” continue their dominance in cinemas, the old rivalry between Cohn and Warner intensifies, especially as they attempt to jockey for the subsidies. Cohn seems to start to win in this contest, especially with his advocacy for a limitation of Franco-British films being released (The Third Man and other films from Alexander Korda, now a pawn of Warner’s other old rival Louis B. Mayer becoming major hits). Still, the two use their combined influence to have Joseph I. Breen, the long time censor for the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors Association of America, removed for “hindering the production of patriotic films” (Breen had denied releases to several Macaco films for their violence). Warner and Cohn also try to hinder the rise of television in Cuba, but Warner eventually gains the foresight to start a television department, with shows like Caracas [1] and western Old Colorado, which he is then able to sell to the BBC. McCarthy decides to leave Warner as well to form his own studio in Santiago, prompting Warner to acrimoniously cut ties and call him “just another Zanuck”

    Cohn’s health starts to take a turn for the worst, and with declining profits (Warner taking a larger share of their co-productions due to technicalities in the contracts), he makes Columbia public. Warner takes advantage, secretly organizing a syndicate to buy up Columbia stock. Eventually, he buys up most of it. Cohn assistant brings news of this to Cohn in the hospital and he dies of complete shock.

    Warner completes his takeover and merger of Columbia, celebrating it by knocking down the wall that previously separated the studios. Warner-Columbia, however, is only kept alive by the Department of Communication subsidies, with their stable of Macaco and Westerns becoming less and less successful.

    MacArthur’s 1963 death and the rise of Kennedy prove further disastrous, as Kennedy ends the “propaganda state”, stopping subsidies, despite Warners plea to Joe Kennedy. To make matters worse, his son Jack M Warner (Jack Jr.), whom he had become estranged from, defects to the mainland. Warner tries to make one last attempt at capitalist success, making both a traditional epic Macaco film in The Fires of Venezuela and buying the rights to TH White’s The Once and Future King, and adapting the Ill-Made Knight.

    Both films have massive production difficulties, with The Fires of Venezuela dealing with the Brazilian military withdrawing support and the harsh tropical environment in Brazil, and the tensions between Warner and British actors in The Ill-Made Knight. Both films are gigantic flops, and unable to handle the growing debt and expenses, Warner declares bankruptcy, and sells off the studio piecemeal to buyers.

    Now living in obscurity with relatives, his mental state deteriorates from dementia. In one instance, while with Harry’s son Lewis, he mistakes Lewis for Harry, and hints at how he had Harry and Albert killed in the Civil War. He also suffers a stroke while watching A Long Night, produced by McCarthy as a deliberate attack on the Macaco films that made Warner famous.

    Warner lives the rest of his days in assisted living, before his death in 1978. A few years later, Harry and Albert’s remaining children learn evidence from the mainland that Jack had both of his brothers killed by misleading them, along with testimony from In the Jungle star William Demarest that all three had killed Sam Warner right before the debut of The Jazz Singer. The resulting legal battle inside the family was still ongoing as of the film’s release (settled in 1994).

    [1] A show about a former NBI agent turned JSB operative in Venezuela, foiling plots by “agitators” and Red American agents

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    Special thanks to @Mr. C for reminding me of this idea. Also to @Bookmark1995 for their piece, which gave some info used (Read it here: https://www.alternatehistory.com/forum/threads/reds-fanfic.341837/page-272#post-15745852)
     
    THE WEREWOLF OF PARIS (1938)(Mr.E)
  • (Content warning: the following piece mentions of rape, incest, and murder. None are described in detail, but they are present within the text)
    The Werewolf of Paris (1938)

    Directed by Edward Dmytryk

    Screenplay by Guy Endore, based on his novel of the same name

    An unnamed American graduate student in Paris (Marguerite Churchill) is traveling at night, talking to an associate, Eliane (Nan Grey). The conversation quickly turns to lycanthropy and whether it is possible, as well as its connection to sexual desire. The two stumble upon a bunch of paper in the trash, and within it, the graduate student picks up a manuscript dated 1873. Skimming through, the words “Lupanar” (brothel) and “Loup” (wolf) stand out to her. The manuscript was written by Aymar Galliez, and was written specifically as evidence in the defense of one Sergeant Bernard Calliet, during his court-martial in 1871.

    Gaillez (Lon Chaney) begins by discussing the Pitamounts, a lycanthrope clan that had existed for centuries, but had gradually been destroyed by their rivals, the Pitavals. The last of them, Father Pitamount (Warner Orland), comes across a young woman from the village named Josephine (Evelyn Ankers), during a thunderstorm in March, 1846, when she takes refuge in his church. Pitamount takes advantage, and rapes the young woman (not explicitly shown).

    Josephine eventually gives birth on Christmas Eve to young Bernard Calliet. Calliet is raised by Josephine, her uncle Gaillez (who briefly goes to fight in the failed 1848 revolution), and a servant Francois (Fay Helm). While seemingly normal, he has a number of peculiar traits, refusing cooked meats, and having a penchant for raw animal meat. Eventually Gaillez is forced to lock him up for long stretches. However, as he grows up, this bloodlust grows even larger.

    Eventually, the grown up Calliet (Creighton Chaney[1]) begins to have bizarre dreams about turning into a wolf-like creature, and going out at night and killing livestock, as well as digging up and eating corpses. In real life, meanwhile, dead livestock and partially eaten corpses begin to pile up, causing rumors of a vicious wolf in the region.

    Calliet’s bloodlust is coupled with a strong sexual drive, which he satisfies by visiting a local brothel. He also has an incestuous affair with his mother. Gaillez slowly realizes, through reading the local history and observing young Calliet’s behavior, that he is, in fact, a werewolf.

    Calliet learns of the circumstances of his birth, and confronts Father Pitamount. Both transforming into their wolf forms, they attack each other, but Calliet kills him. Thinking it was another dream, he visits a prostitute (Gloria Holden), who he also attempts to kill as a werewolf (but she escapes).

    Gaillez is able to convince the townspeople of his evils, and Calliet is forced to flee before they can kill him.

    Calliet winds up in Paris, where he is able to indulge his hunger by attack denizens in the night. To have a steady income, he joins the National Guard in time for the Franco-Prussian War. While in a canteen for soldiers, he meets and falls in love with a young woman named Sofia de Blumenberg (Josephine Hutchinson), who is revealed to be a masochist, who allows Calliet to feed on her blood after she cuts herself to satiate his hunger.

    Calliet joins the Communards during the Paris Commune. However, stories of his actions get back to Guillez, who comes to Paris (armed with a silver bullet) in time to witness the brutal repression of the commune by Royalist forces. As he surveys the brutal atrocities against the Royalist, while looking for clues for Calliet’s location, he muses about whether Calliet or the French loyalists were the real monsters. He eventually sees Calliet and Sofia, and thinks that he no longer has urges because of her .

    However, as the royalist close in on the Communards during the “Bloody Week”, Calliet decides to go and find someone to kill. He brushes against a Royalist, and off-screen, transforms and attacks him in front of Guillez’s eyes (the onscreen transformations were dismissed as dream sequences previously, marking the twist that Calliet was a real werewolf and not imagining it). Guillez shots Calliet, and while he only grazes the werewolf, he transforms back into his human form.

    Calliet is captured and put on trial for his attack. Guillez defends him, admitting his own superstition and fear prevented him from understanding and helping Calliet to suppress his urges. He also muses that his evil was lesser than “some evils done in the name of country” (implicating the French government and their brutal repression of the Commune and the mass execution of the Communards). Despite this, Calliet is imprisoned, eventually placed in an asylum, where Guillez visits him one last time. Guillez updates him on some of villagers (including his mother), and apologizes to him again for not helping him, which Calliet accepts.

    The post-script of Guillez’s defense describes the final fate of Bernard Calliet: while drugged, he hallucinates Sofia, on the prison walls, and (alluding to a suicide pact the two had earlier in the film) jumps off the wall. The real Sofia had killed herself due to the stress of losing Calliet

    Upon finishing the manuscript, the graduate student visits a local cemetary, and finds “Sgt. Bernard Calliet (1846-1872)” thanks to a ledger. She digs it up, and opens the casket to find the bones of a dog inside.


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    Trivia:


    • Controversial in its day due to some of the themes it touched on. Seen as a direct repudiation of the Breen Code, especially in the character of Father Pitamount.
    • Filmed primarily in Louisiana, with New Orleans (still with Civil War damage) passing off as Paris
    • Guy Endore adapted his own 1933 novel for film, having been an accomplished screenwriter for several years. Edward Dmytryk had been a prolific B-movie director.
    • Creighton Chaney’s make-up process originated with Lankershim make-up artist Jack Pierce, who had conceived it for an unmade (unrelated) werewolf film called “The Werewolf of London”. However, Chaney resisted Pierce as he attempted to apply the make-up, forcing Creighton’s own father Lon Chaney (who obviously had experience) to step in, and help with the process. [2]
    • Mixed reception upon release, with some taking issue with the gruesome violence and shocking content, while others (notably the Daily Worker) praised its production values and depiction of the atrocities committed during the Paris Commune. Later widely seen as a classic
    • Part of the Lankershim monsters, and considered a classic among them (alongside Frankenstein and Dracula). Sgt. Bernard Calliet is listed as one of cinema’s greatest villains in several publications
    • Got a spiritual sequel of sorts in 1947’s The Werewolf of Berlin, with John Carradine as the last of a German werewolf clan, who lives through 45 years of German history (1900 up to the end of the Great Revolutionary War in Europe in 1945).
    • Winter Wolf is a Soviet co-produced remake in 1954, taking the same basic plot but centering it on the Decemberist uprising in 1825. Stars Mikhail Kuznetsov as the titular “Winter Wolf”

    [1] Known widely OTL as Lon Chaney Jr., a name he resented because it was forced on him by the studio.

    [2] It’s basically the make-up for the OTL Wolf Man
     
    Albion High (By Mr.C)
  • Darger Part V is still being worked on. Until then, here's something I wrote based on something in the Discord server:



    Albion High


    We belong


    The brainchild of writer Diego Cabrera, and co-production between Cuba’s NBS-SNR and the FBU’s Galaxy (owned by Mirror-MGM), Albion High (2000-2005) was a teen soap opera in both English and Spanish focused on the eponymous boarding school for “troubled students” located in Havana’s Cayo Hueso neighborhood. Run by the kindly English expat Ms. Susan Finch (Deborah Findlay), the series focuses on Pablo Medina (Andy Garcia), a former Albion High student who now teaches the literature class, and his students. The students of Albion High are taken from all walks of life, but most of them are outcasts and former juvenile delinquents. Main character Amir Gonzalez (played by Pablo Lopez-Diaz) is a former gang banger who is sent to the school by his mother. While initially resistant to the school and its customs (based on British boarding schools), he starts making friends with the school’s array of outcasts. In one of the most famous moments of the series, he declares that his friends are “Broken, just like me.” Other students include Maria Cheng, the spoiled daughter of a billionaire from Hong Kong (played by Elena Tong) who starts an on again off again relationship with Amir, the homosexual Lance (Michael Smith-McDonald) who is the estranged son of a powerful business tycoon, Cliupatra (Valentina Rizzo) the orphaned daughter of a mafia boss, Amir’s sister Aisha (Lupita Castellon) and the emotionally disturbed Jacob (Peter Cooper).


    The show tackled many issues facing Cuban teenagers. Among the most praised episodes is “Snow”, which had Aisha become addicted to a skin whitening cream that would eventually make her severely ill. After the episode aired, skin whitening cream sales declined among younger Afro-Cubans. The British school uniforms featured on the show inspired fashion trends among Cuban teenagers, and the character of Lance was one of the first positive portrayals of homosexuals on Cuban television. The show’s portrayal of sexual issues, and the frank discussions of things like homophobia and racism, was incredibly controversial. Donald Trump condemned the series on the floor of Congress as “a terrible melodrama that teaches our youth to hate God and America” after the controversial episode “Sola Scriptura”, which attacked Protestant youth groups as cult-like and racist. But the attacks only increased the show’s renown, and by the final season it was the biggest success story in all of Cuban television. The show began attracting celebrity guest stars, such as controversial comedian Maximo Gutierrez as Amir's older brother Dashiel ("That's what life is, man. A bunch of bad things that happen to you for no reason. Now how about some ice cream?") and toaster[1] Urbane as a street preacher


    While the British broadcast was only a mild success in comparison, the theme song by Busted was a number one hit. The show’s biggest overseas fanbase was in Southern Asia, in particular India, Burma, and Thailand. The actors toured the region to massive turnouts in 2003, and it has been cited as an important influence on teenager-focused media in the region.


    Behind the scenes, though, production of the show was troubled. Many of the British actors brought in could not speak Spanish, and Lopez-Diaz admitted that his English was “only slightly better than Deborah’s Spanish” in a tenth anniversary interview. Michael Smith-McDonald received death threats from more socially conservative viewers for playing a uranian character, and while he was heterosexual, he often felt that Lance was too stereotypical and would often re-write scripts that he thought would offend the community. Years later he commented that “I’m glad I took the role so that a real uranian person wouldn’t be subjected to what I had to go through.” On early Internet boards, the chemistry between Amir and Maria led to some fans believing that Lopez-Diaz and Tong were secretly an actual couple, which led to a long-running Internet flame war, tabloid speculations, and even a joke in an episode of the show dealing with online bullying. When the two actors actually began dating in 2004, it made things worse. (Tong later said that it was a stunt to increase declining ratings, a charge that the producers deny). Faced with these problems, the show ended in 2005 on a high note, with all the characters graduating and going their separate ways.


    While there were plans for a continuation, Tong would later leave Lopez-Diaz on sour terms. Many of the actors felt that the show would be limiting for their careers, and Michael Smith-McDonald even retired from acting “because all the offers I was getting were for Sassy Homosexual Best Friend roles and I wasn’t having it.” Lopez-Diaz attempted a film career with the action drama Turf, which was a box office failure. Tong, meanwhile, pursued a career in pop music while still acting on the side. Her 2008 album Worth was critically praised and a moderate success, but she felt stifled by her contract with the record label and accused her producer of sexual harassment. While in Venezuela to film a role in the drama film The Caracas Job, she defected to Colombia and has stayed there ever since.


    Undeterred, NBS-SNR made a prequel TV special called 1985: An Albion High Story, focused on Mr. Medina. The film effectively serves as a coda for the franchise, showing how Pablo (played by singer Exquisite) learned to appreciate literature from a younger Susan Finch (played by Catherine Tate). Released on the tenth anniversary of the first episode, the special was praised by fans and critics as a moving tribute to “the most important show to have ever aired on Cuban television”.

    [1] @Mr.E has decreed that rapping is called "toasting" ITTL based on the Jamaican genre
     
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    Reactor 420-69 Ep. 434 (By Mr.E)
  • “Review: Reactor 420-69 [1]Season 4, Episode 34: Worker 32.4”, the CongressCritter, filmpolitics.syn

    I’ve discussed before how Reactor 420-69 was something of a reaction to the trend of “democratic sitcoms” of the 80’s and the rise of detente in the 90’s. The idea of a dysfunctional apparatchik who largely chugs along through their connections and politicking behind their back (itself a repudiation of the model, dedicated bureaucrat) reached its logical conclusion with Homer Simpson, fully incompetent, yet through happenstance, manages to not only retain his job as the leading commissar and inspector for the power plant for 12 seasons, but also sees him become a representative in Deleon-Debs, and in the final episode, Premier of the United Republics (ending with the nuking of London, and nuclear war imminent in the final episode).

    Of course, that begs the question. What would happen when you take one of those model bureaucrats, someone who spent their lives working for the good of the people and the advancement of the revolution and put them into collision with a Homer Simpson, who barely knows what they’re supposed to do. Such is the premise of “Worker 32.4”. A new Commissar Frank Grimes is transferred to Reactor 420-69, and is placed under Homer’s direct control. Grimes, an ardent student of Marx, Engels, Lenin, DeLeon, all the greats, chafes under the idiocy of Homer, especially since he is basically tasked with doing all of Homer’s work educating and encouraging the workers, and aghast at his lack of knowledge of the classics.

    Gradually, Grimes grows more and more unstable as Homer proves inept at his job, but continually gets accolades and acclamation from his co-workers, and has decent living standards for him and his family. Eventually, he attempts to de-seat Homer in a run-off, only to lose in a landslide, prompting a meltdown leading to his death.

    Grimes’ descent into madness ties into what the response to Detente I mentioned earlier. With tensions subsiding, the idea of the dedicated public servant, fighting for the revolution and the international proletariat, once the ideal of the Revolution (as exemplified by Capitol Hill) was seen as an unreasonable ideal, hampered by very human flaws and unable to adapt to a world that wasn’t gearing up to fight the good fight at the moment. Grimes represents this old ideal, now adrift in a world that was increasingly foreign to him. The chaos of the 80’s gave way to the peace of detente, and the ascendance of the Homer Simpsons of the world is a sign that he is ill-equipped for the new global status quo, but refuses to accept it and fights against it.

    The satire of Reactor has always been in the tradition of PBS-0 and Mad Magazine , poking fun at the revolutionary experiment and its high pretensions, set against reality. Ideals deconstructed and mocked, and nowhere is that clearer as here.

    This episode is a classic and a good barometer of the mood in the mid-90’s, but it isn’t perfect. The subplot of Bart and Milhouse goofing around an abandoned mill, and having a weird capitalist relationship is just bizarre and not funny. I kind of wish the element of Homer’s co-workers tolerating and liking him and helping him through his career could’ve been explored a lot more. Overall, though, this has earned its reputation as one of the best episodes of the show. Definitely check it out on the Season Four BVCD[2] or at the website for Reactor 420-9.


    [1] Name courtesy of @BootOnFace . Special thanks to her.

    [2] Blue VideoCD. Special thanks to @silverpower for the name and the idea
     
    SunSurge(2018) (By Rise Comics)

  • SunSurge(2018 film)



    SunSurge is a 2018 sci-fi animated film directed by director Uwe Boll, starring an ensemble cast of Narito Rabara, Michelle Rodriguez, Malik Jones, Ami Mizuno, Minako Aino, and Corey Burton, featuring a score from Veronica Cheng.


    A joint production by Hyperion and Toei, and inspired by the Indra Seven episode Three Days, SunSurge won the awards for best picture, best animated feature, and best Sci-fi feature, along with a best actor win shared amongst the main cast.


    Plot


    In the year 2122, due to the presence of a q-ball particle, the Sun had started to contract, causing the Earth to start freezing. In a desperate attempt to prevent a new Ice Age, the United Nations assembles a motley crew of scientists and engineers on a secret, potentially deadly mission to jumpstart the sun by blasting it with radiation, destroying the q-ball. The team is led by Professor Awan (Narito Rabara), a brilliant yet troubled nuclear engineer haunted by memories of war. Accompanied by astronaut Camila Vasquez (Michelle Rodriguez), former bomber pilot Yuna Tamagusuku (Ami Mizuno), navigator Peter Johnson (Corey Burton) and engineer Aaden Smith (Malik Jones), the team sets aboard the Invictus on their mission to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Sun’s atmosphere.


    As the Invictus slingshots past Mercury, the solar shields get damaged by space debris. To fix the solar shields, Camila and Aaden volunteered to go on a spacewalk, with assistance from Tamagusuku and Awan. As the shiends are repaired and realigned, the origin of the space debris is revealed. The debris is shown to have come from another ship, the Indra, which had attempted a similar mission a decade prior, only to fail for unknown reasons. Reasoning that two bombs are better than one, Awan decides to commandeer the Indra to use its bomb as well as the one on the Invictus.


    As the Invictus docks with the Indra, Camila, Aaden, Yuna, and Awan go through the airlock, only to discover that the Indra’s mainframe had been sabotaged, making bomb delivery impossible. Searching through the Indra, Awan and Aaden come across a series of logs made by the Indra’s captain, Kobayashi, which mentions the deaths of the crew from intense radiation. At the same time, Camila and Yuna come across the bodies of the crew in the solar room, with wounds that didn’t match up with what the logs said, triggering Camila’s PTSD, manifesting as a flashback to a failed rescue involving getting locked on the other side of an airlock.


    Making their way back onto the Invictus, the airlock connecting both ships is sabotaged. In a spur-of-the-moment act, Camila kisses Yuna before shutting the airlock and detaching it from the Indra, leaving Vasquez to die in space.


    With four crew members remaining, they decide what to do next. The plan later settles on shoving the Indra into the sun, before dropping its own bomb into the sun, where both bombs will explode. The problem is that the Indra’s thrusters are damaged beyond repair, so the Icarus has to pull the crippled Indra with it to make the plan work. Using the Invictus’ robot arm, Aaron holds onto the Indra as the way downIcarus makes its way to where the Invictus will drop the bombs into the Sun.


    Suddenly, an explosion is heard, damaging the ship’s oxygen garden. Consulting the ship’s computer, the crew learn that the crew only have enough oxygen for four people to get to the sun, and that there is a fifth person on board. Splitting up, the crew try to find where the stowaway is, only for Yuna to find Aaden’s body, with a knife wound to the neck.


    In the cockpit, Johnson radios the crew about the stowaway, managing to hold them off long enough for backup to arrive, but not before the stowaway damages the mainframe, disabling the autopilot and bomb controls. Awan and Yuna both arrive, to fend off the stowaway, who reveals herself to be a heavily scarred Kobayashi(Minako Aino). Kobayashi rants about the futility of the mission, the ineffectiveness of the bombs, and how she will save the world from mutually assured destruction, before launching herself at Awan. Johnson punches Kobayashi off of Awan, before he makes his way to the arm, and Awan to the bomb bay.


    Kobayashi fights Johnson, who manages to release the Indra in time before Kobayashi stabs him in the neck, in the same place she stabbed Aaden. Making her way down, Kobayashi tries to confront Awan once more, only to be rebuked before Awan activates the manual bomb controls, sending both her and the bomb hurtling into the Sun. Seeing the ship turn, Kobayashi tries to go back to the cockpit via the lift, only to get kicked by Yuna. After a fight that leads into the observation room, Yuna strikes a debilitating blow against Kobayashi. In her dying breath, Kobayashi notes that the sun is dancing, as animation of a large solar flare plays to a now iconic piece by Veronica Cheng. In an ice covered Tokyo, Yuna’s wife looks up at the sun, as the sky starts turning blue.


    Cast


    Narito Rabara as Professor Awan, the leader of the Invictus crew and creator of the Hydrogen Bomb. Rabara described Awan as a Kirk-esque character: charismatic, but with her own demons and crippling guilt. Rabara consulted with multiple scientists, including fellow co-star Ami Mizuno, on how to properly portray a physician, as well as learning about Astrophysics, Astronomy, and Nuclear physics. Combining this with Rabara’s own extensive research on how people deal with guilt aided in Rabara’s most critically acclaimed performance of her career.


    Michelle Rodriguez as Camilla Vasquez, a veteran astronaut and former Red Army combat engineer. Rodriguez’s portrayal of Vasquez as a veteran haunted by her actions in the past was informed by Rodriguez’s experiences in the Mexican Red Army, especially her involvement in the Phillipine Civil War in the 90s. This resulted in a compelling performance, which led to her best actor, shared with her co-stars


    Ami Mizuno as Yuna Tamagusuku, a former bomber pilot and sole survivor of the Invictus crew. According to both Boll and Mizuno, Yuna’s arc is one of Break the Heart, aided by Mizuno’s own performance. This was also Mizuno’s debut as a lead actor, having previously cameoed in several other films as a minor character. This led to her win for best debut performance.


    Malik Jones as Aaden Smith, the Invictus’ engineer. Playing against type, Malik played an engineer who could stay calm under pressure. According to Boll, most of his dialogue was ad-libbed, creating a memorable and funny character.


    Corey Burton as Peter Johnson, the navigator of the Invictus. According to Burton, Boll wrote this role specifically for him, especially after watching his role in Super Galaxia 2. Initially, Burton wasn’t interested in the film, until a prototype clip was sent to him, synched to a demo tape by Veronica Cheng.


    Minor cameos include Makoto Kino as Yuna’s wife, and Uwe Boll and Veronica Cheng’s as part of the dead crew.


    Production

    Origins


    Uwe Boll was inspired by a comic he wrote as a child, inspired by the Indra 7 episode, Three Days.


    -"SunSurge is special to me because it's based off a little comic book I wrote when I was 13. It was inspired by "Three Days", the Indra 7 episode where the crew has three days to stop a star from going supernova and destroying an entire galaxy. I showed it to my daughter Sophia and she said 'why don't you make this into a movie? This is awesome!' So even if it's not like my other films, I'm still putting a lot of myself into it."


    The decision to make the film animated also stemmed from his comic, and his desire to bring it to life.


    -"It's an animated film because I could never see my old drawings as anything but drawings! Animation is such an interesting medium. It's hard work, much harder than my usual production style, and there's completely different rules about what you can and can't do compared to working in live action. But it also gave us so much more freedom than working in live-action does. Sometimes I felt overwhelmed by just how much stuff me and the Hyperion and Toei staff had control over!"


    During his stay in Miami, Boll heard Veronica Cheng performing at the Hammer nightclub. Inspired by that, he contacted Cheng to produce the soundtrack, who agreed to do it.


    - “You could say that I was at least somewhat inspired by the old Hyperion shorts to sync music with the visuals. I wanted to do that, but with modern music! That, and Indra 7 was the first to have an electronic soundtrack, because why not? Besides, Cheng was really helpful, even ad-libbing the one line that became The line to repeat!”


    Production


    SunSurge was a joint production between the UASR’s Hyperion and Japan’s Toei, bringing with them some of the most talented animators on board. The comic book art style was requested by Boll, achieved through cel-shading and high contrast. Motion capture was used to give a more fluid motion to the characters, and a robot arm mockup from the Buran shuttle was motion captured for the film. The animators, voice actors, and composer all worked together to keep everything synced together. Production on the film took two years, with the voice actors doing motion capture for their characters.


    Design


    Boll heavily consulted with engineers and designers when making the ships seen in SunSurge, down to how two ships may dock. Apart from that, many elements had a zeerust vibe to them, mostly due to the 90s nostalgia at the time of production. One element that interested moviegoers was the oxygen garden, which was a proposed way of generating oxygen.


    Music

    Main article: Music of SunSurge


    The biggest part of the film was the score. From beginning to end, the entire film was synced to the score. Made by Veronica Cheng, it is a synthwave score with 20 tracks, influenced by the scores of Star Trek and Indra 7.


    Release and Reception


    SunSurge opened in 280 theaters around the world, bringing in the equivalent of £12 million over its opening week in the AFS. Immediately after its opening week, the film was made available online on Peertube, with another version featuring commentary from Boll, Cheng, and the main cast.


    In the TCI, the film was praised for its visuals, the score, and the performances of the main cast.


    Critic Yuri Kim praised the film as Boll’s finest work, praising its visuals and storytelling, but criticizes it for wasting a few of its most compelling characters in favor of a twist.


    In the AFS, it recieved more of a mixed review, with critics both praising the visuals, and blanching at the horror aspects and criticizing the short kiss in the middle.


    SunSurge was given an NC-17 rating for violence in the FBU and Cuba, but an edited version was featured, which featured less gore overall, giving it an R rating. In spite of that, it remained available for free online.


    The film was nominated for best animated feature, best sci-fi feature, best visuals, and best picture, of which it only lost best visuals to Bienvedinos a Valencia. It also has the distinction of having a shared best actor win, necessitating the category of best cast to be made for next year’s awards.
     
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    Death of a Spaceman (By Mr.E)
  • So, yeah, I just decided to do a spoiler piece about a particular aspect that's of interest. Not much, but it gives a few details that have been revealed before. Anyway, let's get to it.

    Tom Lawson, first man in space, dies at age 83

    Guardian obituary, April 12th, 2011

    "He really made the grade" - Bastille, David Jones

    Family members confirmed Monday night that Sir Thomas Milner Lawson died peacefully in his sleep at age 83. Lawson, a decorated veteran of the Entente Air Force in the Horn of Africa War, was chosen among 5000 applicants to be the spationaut aboard the Bastille space capsule to become the first man in space. Against the rushed nature of the project (a response to the recent success of Sputnik 1), he not only reached the stars, but survived the reentry, in process etching his name in world history for eons.

    The son of grocers in Birmingham, Lawson was interested in the stars and space, being an avid reader of Amazing Science Fiction. However, his interests soon went into airplanes, partially as a result of hearing of the heroism of World War II pilots, and at age 23, signed up with the Entente Air Force to join the fight against Communism in Africa.

    He soon became something of an ace, eventually winning a Designated Flying Cross for stopping an American advance despite his Hawker Hunter having engine trouble. After the end of the war, he remained in the Entente Air Force, stationed in Nice and Djibouti, where he mostly acted as a test pilot for jet planes. It was while at the latter when he heard the news that Comintern had launched a tiny satellite, ostensibly part of a scientific project.

    Sputnik 1 galvanized the Franco-British to start their own crash program, determined not to let their rivals rest on their laurels. The Joint Ministry of Space was soon established (an Office of Space in the UK; a Ministry of Space in France), with an eye towards establishing a viable Franco-British space program. When Comintern announced that they would follow-up Sputnik by launching a man into space, the FBU soon got to work developing a viable manned launch system. Based on the existing Blue Streak missile program, the Black Prince rocket launch system was developed, first for the first FBU satellite (Voyager in 1958), and eventually a new version of the rocket was created specifically for a manned capsule, named the Bastille, which could sustain an orbit, and reentry into Earth.

    Lawson, invigorated by his childhood interest in space, decided to apply to be the first “spationaut”, along with more than 500 thousand applicants. Likely, his heroism and jet plane experience helped him get into the final class. Though, he was not chosen as the first man until late into the development of the program.

    He had trepidation of being a trail-blazer, especially for a frontier as dangerous and unknown as space travel, but for the sake of country, kept a brave face, and trained diligently for the mission. David Isaacs, the back-up pilot, recalled Lawson’s dedication in his 1991 memoirs.

    On March 3rd, 1960, Lawson boarded the Black Prince rocket at the newly built cosmodrome in Kourou, French Guiana, and settled into the capsule. At 10:01 AM GMT, the Black Prince launched and within 5 minutes, Lawson could see the upper atmosphere, communicating to mission control, “I can see the edge of the Earth. A bit of cloud cover.”

    5 minutes later, he reached orbit, where he stayed for nearly an hour and a half. In his 1979 memoir, Blue Skies Above:


    “People don’t realize that orbiting basically means falling and never hitting anything, and that’s really what the sensation of weightlessness is like. Like falling, but never reaching the ground. It honestly felt a bit odd, but also exhilarating, just floating around. The biggest thing I remember was looking down on the Earth. I could see the blueness of the ocean, the greens of the forest, the browns of the desert, and the lights of cities. It was all very vivid, the way photographs can’t capture. It was up there when it hit me that I was the first person to ever experience this view. To see the Earth as it existed.”

    After 100 minutes in orbit, the capsule de-orbited, and began its descent back to Earth. Despite some worry due to a delay in transmission, the capsule successfully reached the Windward Passage, and was picked by the Americuban Navy, and Lawson would recover at the US Navy Base in Guantanamo Bay.

    News of the flight quickly spread worldwide, plastered on every paper in the world. Lawson was awarded the Legion d’honneur and knighted in short succession. He also toured the world as part of a propaganda campaign. More importantly, Comintern was shocked that the FBU (which intelligence reports had indicated was behind on rocketry) could pull off such a scheme, and accelerated their own space plans, sending astronaut Billie Guster* as the first Comintern astronaut in May of that year. They also announced the Luna program, to send an international team to the Moon to begin the process of colonization. Not wanting to be outdone, the FBU also announced their own moon program, Artemis.

    Lawson himself was ultimately tired from the experience of touring and promoting, as well as the extensive attention, though he ultimately did several more flights as part of the early Artemis test missions. Eventually, after the Joint Ministry was transformed into ESA, and other European nations began to take part, he retired back to Birmingham in 1967, where he remained in relative peace for several years.

    Still, he had a ping of disappointment, he said, as he watched the Luna landing on May 25th, 1970, on the EBC. After a few more years out of the limelight, he (a self-proclaimed proud patriot and conservative) parlayed his success into a parliamentary run for Birmingham Yardley. He won with large margins, but after a mediocre term, he was ultimately unseated in 1979. (The tagline for Labour opponent Syd Tierney was “What on Earth has he done lately?”)

    Despite his relative lack of action, he was instrumental in the formation of the PEOPLE faction of the People’s Alliance. His environmentalism had stemmed from seeing the Earth from space and contrasting it with the bleakness of space. He made a speech to this effect, stating that he had seen the fragility of Earth from orbit, and that people ought to preserve the only bit of nature known in the universe.

    And as the ambitious Artemis mission was scaled back to just a lunar base and further manned exploration plans scuttled, Lawson was soon drawn into the growing advocacy for space exploration. Especially as the wars of the 80’s subsided, Lawson began to heavily promote the idea of Mars mission in collaboration with Comintern, a means of international cooperation after intense hostility. The Neo-Detente gave Lawson a chance to meet some of his American counterparts, and in 1988, he, along with Freeman Dyson, Carl Sagan, and Robert Truax, were involved in the “Together to Mars” Spacebridge conference. It is believed this advocacy lead to the announcement the following year of the international Mars mission.

    Because of this advocacy, a “long overdue olive branch”, as Premier Davis put it, was granted in 1991, as planning for the mission began in earnest, when proud conservative Lawson was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor in DeLeon-Debs for “his outstanding achievement in the field of space science and space exploration” (Lawson included a jab at Tierney in his speech). He was also in attendance during the Mars launch in 1996, sitting with first person on the moon Strike Jorgenson.

    Lawson would serve on the board of the Anglo-French Interplanetary Society, but largely lived in peace and isolation on his Birmingham farm.

    He is survived by wife Laskhmi, their three children and five grandchilden, his brother Jerry and his children.

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    So, there's that. I'll fix any technical details about the flight I might've gotten wrong.
     
    Fighting Your Passions (By Bookmark 1995)
  • I haven't made a contribution in a while. This is one I thought would be silly as hell. Note that if the author sounds biased, it is because she is a Cuban refugee with a certain attitude toward capitalism.


    Fighting Your Passions: The Silliest and Sexiest Abstinence Propaganda Film


    The Daily Worker

    March 15, 2012

    Maria Acosta

    Since the end of the Second World War, the Blue bloc has long used propaganda to instill within its youth that horrid lie that carnal freedom is a sin and that the vapid amassment of wealth is itself a virtue. Generations of potential revolutionaries have been programed to regard their sexual desires as a sin and to regard mass wealth and self-isolation as "closer to human nature."

    Among the many tools the capitalists nations have used to control the masses is sexual education. While Red nations offer not only objective instruction but an assurance to the young that sex is a part of life, many Blue nations instill within a young people a sexual education that is at best mechanical and at worst paternalistic and manipulative.

    In many nations that have consumed the empty opiate of religious governance, sexual education is abandoned in favor of ineffective abstinence-only education. Many films are presented to their youth to promote this ineffective strategy. Some are grim propaganda which exaggerate the risks of sexuality as a fear-mongering tactic. Others push outdated and archaic notions of "sexual sinfulness," claiming non-reproductive sex will destroy the family unit.

    However, some are even unintentional comedy, like the Rhodesian film Fighting Your Passions. The film first reached America in the 1980s, brought by veterans of the Southern African conflict as trophies of war.

    Like much of the media of Rhodesia, Fighting Your Passions is Blue propaganda that is not only ineffective in promotion but verges on self-parody.

    The premise of the film is that a bunch of male Rhodeisan soldiers being told stories by an elderly officer to warn them about the dangers of "Red licentiousness." Each of the four stories told exaggerates the numerous fabrications pushed by blue nations while unintentionally adding a comedic and sexual edge.

    The officer narrates, his thick Rhodesian accent adding to the unintentional silliness: the first story features a once brave and strong soldier, described in an ironically homoerotic fashion, "transformed into a homosexual" after being held captive by the Reds. After less then two days of "torture" (which consists of watching gay porn), the brave soldier is wearing red dresses and make up, giggling, and sipping tea from a saucer. The apparent message of the segment being that tea and laughter is somehow a gay aphrodisiac, I suppose? Which is odd, considering the Rhodesians often boast about tea in their attempts to kiss up to their "mother country."


    The second segment features another "brave" soldier who, due to red seduction, has become a corrupt adulterer who neglects his family. The "loving" family is, ironically, very miserable. The wife is an obnoxious bat who forces her husband to buy her expensive clothing, while the children are aggressive brats who want cake. The most ridiculous scene shows the second soldier about to begin an orgy with two lustful and eager women. The narrator's words about the "misery" of the second soldier are contrasted with the passionate joy the soldier and his two female soldiers as they begin what they call "the ritual". The message from this segment being that orgies make a person...deeply happy yet miserable and will save you from an unhappy marriage?


    The third segment discusses another infamous and sickening fabrication: that licentious behavior leads to rape. A third brave soldier becomes a rapist after giving into his passions. Or at least that is what the narration says. The "rape" scene looks like the most awkward wrestling match ever, which the various grunts by the soldier and woman he is "violating" sounding more like pain from a paper cut, and their breathing sounding more like they went for a light jog.

    The final segment shows the dangers of porn. The last soldier, who was portrayed as a diligent and hardworking man, has become an addict to chocking the chicken after reading one magazine, locking himself up in the bathroom for hours on end. Yet when on the can, the soldier, who is only shown from the chest up, lets out grunts that aren't orgasmic, but sounds like a person who needs a laxative. He pauses from his grunts and says to the camera the immortal line "Orgasms have made me Commie," before returning to dealing with apparent constipation.

    The film ends with the elderly soldier lecturing his charges that the only love they should have is for their "country."

    Like a lot of Rhodesian propaganda, the film's message seriously backfires in many cases. Sometimes promoting the very thing it argues against, to being a ridiculous and unintentional parody of the ridiculous myths that Blues promote about Red sexuality.

    For any good comrade looking for laughs and another way to make fun of the Rhodies and their reactionary madness, Fighting Your Passions would be welcome at any anti-reaction party.
     
    Fang Of Dougram (By 1965 Timelord)
  • Fang Of Dougram

    After the major success of the joint Japanese-USAR animated giant robot series Mobile Suit Gundam, came a whole slew of more giant robot anime series from both Japan and USAR. The next major series that benefited the joint anime project was Fang Of Dougram. The plot of this series focus the future of Communist endeavors into interstellar space where a very fertile Earth-like planet is found and made into a planetary colony. But man's itinerant evil nature to corrupt things has still thrives in man's heart but held back by ideas of Socialist governing. Then a military coup erupted on said planet and a young male teen must fight back first to free his world and then fight against his father, the United World Soviet Federation First Secretary(premier) for independence. Meanwhile, an evil fascist agent acting as a deputy party member works his way to destroy all that Communists have work to free themselves from their worst nature and a better future. But this plucky lad is not alone in this fight as he gathers a group of friends to form a guerilla squad and a giant mecha code-named Dougram:cool: to part of this centerpiece.

    The major part of the fan merchanise is the top-table miniature war game is Battletech - Explaining World Of Dougram.;)
     
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    ANNIHILATOR (1985) (By Mr.E)
  • Annihilator

    Directed by Paul Verhoven

    2035. Paris. A CERN laboratory is testing an experimental time machine, managing to send in a dog, and bring it back alive. Just as the scientists are celebrating, a gang suddenly raids the compound. Their leader, Marcel Chantoux (Gerard Depardieu) forces the scientist to prepare the machine to send a person back in time, despite the protests of the lead scientist, who claims they aren’t at that stage.

    Chantoux and his gang raid the warehouse of military contractor Omni (which supplies the Franco-British government with advanced weapons), and steals a strange orb, placing it in a lead suitcase.. He returns to the lab, where the scientists are forced to reactivate the machines and send him back in time.

    Back in Omni headquarters, Marcel Chantoux is formally introduced as a criminal and terrorist who had stolen an anti-matter bomb from their warehouse. His group seeks to destroy the foundations of civilization, and “build a new one from its ruins.” While they can’t speak to his exact actions, they determine that he has gone back to the year 1985, and a raid of their office reveals plans for the Paris Opera House.

    The board argues as to their response. The anti-matter bomb was a secret contract with the government, and releasing information might compromise national security. Omni executive Calvin Dinger (Michael Caine) proposes a solution that would not cause much publicity or panic.

    Dinger leads the “Annihilator Special Law Enforcement” program: another government co-lead project, which gives law enforcement special enhanced suits to combat a variety of threats ( including “organ dealers, video pirates, Marxist radicals and infiltrators, anti-corporate activists, fifth columns, and other threats to good capitalist society”), and “annihilate” them without any sort of recourse due to intense secrecy.

    The recruits for this program are police officers from across Europe who have been severely injured or compromised in a way that they could no longer function in their typical capacity. Such is the case for Antoon Pettinga (Rutguer Hauer), an Amsterdam police officer injured fighting against “leftist insurgents” who blew up the building they had seized, leaving him armless and legless (it’s also implied his penis was blown off). He was then recruited into the agency (with the implication that he may not have been lucid when he agreed to do so), and has become their most effective operative, managing to make 45 “annihilations” in only one year.

    “No. 34”, as he is called, travels back to Paris in the year 1985. He is mostly regarded with indifferent bemusement by the locals, but sees Marcel at a coffee shop. Marcel has several weapons that are able to slow 34 down as he makes an escape. He manages to get into the sewer, and evade 34.

    34 is confronted by Paris police, who arrest him on account of destroying the coffee shop. When 34 is uncooperative (his programming is specifically for police in 2035 to realize he is an “Annihilator” and release him), Detectives Louis and DeJardis (Gordon Sumner and Alfred Molina) attempt to take off his plating.This activates his defense protocol. He escapes the police department, but is damaged by the gunfire, and is hit by Christina LeClair (Claudine Auger), a businesswoman, which further damages him. 34 begs her to hide him from the police. She does so in her car, telling the police that he escaped into the sewer.

    LeClair takes him back to her apartment, and has him recover in her bathroom. Her son, Fernand (Jerome LaRue*) finds him. The two have a conversation, before Christina leads him away.

    Marcel, meanwhile, reaches the opera house, and rig the bomb up the foundation. He then confirms that the Franco-British Prime Minister and Robert Anger (Daniel Day-Lewis), his young aide, will be there. Anger would go on to find Omni Corp in 1994.

    Back in Omni Corp headquarters in 2035, since 34 is lost, Anger orders a new Annihilator to go in and finish the job “with efficiency.” No. 50 (Julius Okio*), a Nigerian policeman severely injured while handling an accident in a chemical factory owned by Omni, is sent to destroy both Chantoux and hunt down 34, and kill him as well.

    Fernand begins to bring various electronics to 34 to help him fix himself. He and Christina also begin to bond, with 34 describing his life in the Netherlands, his fiancee, and how he feels having basically lost everything.

    Louis and DeJardis, having survived the attack, attempt to locate 34, but instead arrest Marcel (when they see him and remember witnesses’ description of a man fleeing the scene.) While he is being processed, 50 arrives, and attempts to kill Marcel. However, he suddenly flashes back to the incident (where it’s implied Omni mercenaries killed workers left behind), and when Louis and DeJardis (thinking 50 was 34, due to his armor) attempt to subdue him, Marcel escapes.50 brutally kills DeJardis, while Louis barely survives.

    34 sees the report in the news, and realizes that the agency has sent 50 to eliminate him to ensure that there was no evidence of the annihilation. When he sees that Anger is going to be at the Paris Opera House, he realizes that Marcel plans to destroy him and the PM there, though he doesn’t know why.

    Despite not being fully healed, he heads to the Paris Opera House, with Christina in close pursuit. He reaches the Paris Opera House, and dispatches security. He then reaches the basement, and finds Marcel.

    Marcel taunts him, calling him a “machine,” “A soulless automaton” “A product”. Marcel finally gets in 34’s face, asking him to kill him right there. 34 complies, slowly twisting Marcel’s head while he continues to taunt him, finally snapping it.

    34 is about to leave for his own time when a malfunctioning 50 arrives. Suicidal because of his memories and his intense pain, he reactivates the bomb, prepared to take Omni down with him. 34 and 50 engage in an intense battle, which disrupts the performance above. Christina manages to find 34, and 34 saves her life when 50 launches a rocket. Anger comes to witness the battle, and 50 decides to murder Anger right there and then for the pain he endured, brutally beating him to death. The scars appear on the 2035 Anger. While 50 is distracted, 34 defuses the bomb. While Christina asks him to save Anger’s life, 34 stands by until finally shooting 50 in the head before he can deal the final blow.

    34 and Christina leave the scene, and 34 finally starts to call himself “Antoon”. He and Christina kiss, as emergency services get to the Opera House. Meanwhile, back at Omni, Anger, now disabled because of his beating, chews out his employees for allowing it to happen. Dinger manages to convince him to calm down, saying that they have more “Annihilators to deal with our ‘little problem’ [34]”.
     
    Corner Store of the Damned (By traveller76)
  • Happy Halloween everyone!

    Corner Store of the Damned

    Created By: Roland Sutherland, Miltiades Babic, Millie Nanuli Winthrop

    Starring: Roland Sutherland, Miltiades Babic, Millie Nanuli Winthrop, Rostom Medved, Hodiyah Freja Segreti, Tory Jojo

    Country of Origin: Franco-British Union

    Original Language: English

    Number of series: 4 (2001-2005)

    Number of Episodes: 28

    Created by the comedy team of Sutherland, Babic and Winthrop the Corner Store of the Damned started as a skit and then became a short play while the three writers attended university together and were part of the comedy troupe The Ones That Shall Not Be Named. In 2000 the team graduated and Roland Sutherland submitted the idea to the EBC on a dare from Miltiades and Millie. All three were surprised with the positive response from the EBC and in May 2001 the series began filming. Using older sets and having access to the vast archives of costumes and makeup the program was filmed on a very low cost budget. While the budget was low-cost the writing was not, combining characters from a variety of horror and science-fiction programs, books, films from the past half century with a jokes about current affairs and life. According to Millie Winthrop the idea was 'What if the monsters and aliens on TV were real and where did they shop? What did they do after they were defeated or stranded on Earth?"

    After the first season 2001-2002 the series would be picked up both across Europe and even in the Comintern with the team visiting various Science-Fiction and Horror conventions. Within a year the program had become a cult favorite and various official and unofficial versions of the program appeared in various countries. Reruns of the program continued after the series end in 2005.

    Season 1: While attending University and looking for a work, James Gallager (Roland Sutherland) takes a temporary job at Moldark's, a corner store located in a poor and run down part of town. Despite the location the store is clean and well stocked with a variety of odd substances and products. He meets with Victor and Pearle Larus (Miltiades Babic, Millie Winthrop), the couple who run the store during the day. James is assigned to the 'Graveyard' overnight shift from as testing period since the employee turnover rate is high. When he reports to work the next evening, he meets Edgar Damion (Tory Jojo), his co-worker and Manager. During the shift he sees various creatures from zombies to aliens come in, purchase products and leave with little problem. When he remarks about this to Edgar he says that this is normal and that is the regular people that create the most problems. He also meets Moredecai Moldark (Rostom Medved), the owner who seems to dislike 'regular people'.

    Season 2: A year later and James has been promoted is a regular on the overnight shift with Edgar and the 'usual customers'. A new female employee, Minerva (Hodiyah Freja Segreti) joins the group and becomes friends with James and Edgar. She is also going to the same University as James and her major is Engineering instead of Business like her father wanted. While working at the store Minerva starts to take an interest in James and fends off Edgars attempts. While talking to James she is amazed he is friendly and treats the various monsters and aliens with the same respect as regular humans. One evening when a drunk begins to verbally harass a child monster James throws him out. However the drunk return with a gun and in a burst of speed Minerva disarms him. After the police arrive and take the would be robber away she reveals she is a vampire and that her father is Moredecai and she had feelings for James.

    Season 3: Moredecai is discussing Minerva's future after the robbery. Moredecai wanted Minerva to learn the family business but once again humanity has to destroy everything. Minerva respond that what happened to her mother and back in the old country was a different situation than now. When her father forbids her from seeing James she agrees somewhat. James is transferred to the day shift with Victor and Pearle but soon begins to miss Minerva and Edgar. He sees Minerva at University and finally asks her about why she is avoiding him, she agrees to meet him one evening at a local bar. At the bar she explains that her parents are vampires who left Romania at the end of the Second World War as the Comintern was advancing and various nationalist and religious groups were waging a guerrilla war. When they landed as Britain as refugees with the other monsters they were treated poorly and discriminated against. The monsters ended up in government housing but due to poor health care Minerva's mother died in childbirth. This created Moredecai's dislike of humans and opening a store to serve monster's only. James explains that while humanity can be cruel not all humans are that way and that he wants to date Minerva no matter what she is.

    Season 4: Minerva and James begin to date and attend various horror and science fiction conventions where Minerva becomes popular due to her looks and costume. If fact she recognizes many of her father's friends from various films and television programs. When one of Moredecai's friends, a mummy, sees James and Minerva talking and holding hands at a convention he calls Moredecai. When James walks Minerva home one evening he asks her to wait till after he graduates University and presents a wedding ring. At that moment Moredecai attacks James and says that monsters and humans cannot exist together. Minerva steps in and both father and daughter fight each other while James is wounded. Both Minerva and Moredecai are arrested and James is taken to the hospital. When James is asked if he wants to press charges he declines saying that Moredecai was simply being a father. Later he meets with Moredecai and says he was being honorable and that he will quit his job and that all humans are not like those who chased them out of Europe. Moredecai says he will hold James to his promise to Minerva and that fathers can be overprotective monsters of those they love. James says wait till you meet his parents.


    Epliogue: Minerva, James, Moredecai and James's parents are visiting a Horror Convention with Moredecai attracting attention for his costume and 'wonderful acting'. Moredecai is actually surprised at the attention.

    Welcome to TV Land 1950-2000, Jubilee Productions (2017)
     
    Eastman Kodak Pictures (by Mr.E)
  • Special thanks to @Mr. C and @Time slip for their help on this.
    Commonpedia.co.syn

    Eastman Kodak Pictures

    Eastman Kodak Pictures (sometimes referred to as “Eastman Pictures”; known as “ Kodak International” from 1967-1988) was an American-British film company and a subsidiary of the Eastman Kodak Company. Formed in 1919, it was an offshoot of their film stock division, meant to enter a market they already had some influence in. With larger budgets provided by their parent company, they would make large scale epics and adventure films, which would become some of the biggest hits of the 1920’s. They would relocate to their acquired studios in United Kingdom following the Second American Revolution, alongside their parent company. They would remain a prominent force in the British (and later, Franco-British) film industry for 30 years. Eventually, as RKO and Paramount began larger pushes into the European market in the 1960’s, Kodak struggled, though kept afloat by their parent company, who rebranded their film division, “Kodak International”. However, by the 80’s, their parent company, suffering its own financial difficulties, would merge with Ilford Pictures, and as a result, in 1984 the studio was sold, first to the Maggie Pie corporation, and, after a disastrous 8 years, merged with Associated British Picture Corporation to form Imperial Pictures, a subsidiary of Phillips.

    History

    Having already contributed nitrate film stock since 1916, Kodak decided to enter the film market to capitalize on their control over their own film stock. George Eastman made a deal with several theaters across the country to distribute films that were made in-house with Kodak film stock.

    Thanks to their more privileged position in comparison to other upstart film organizations, they could pursue more ambitious projects with enough star power to make them hits. In 1921, they produced the feature The Life and Times of Pancho Villa, starring the titular Mexican revolutionary himself as the lead. The film’s co-producer was a struggling director named David Wark Griffith, who took footage from several small films he did with Villa during the Great War. Griffith had made several films, but floundered for several years when he attempted to stage a large scale adaptation of Thomas Dixon’s Reconstruction era historical novel The Clansman, that ended up becoming a victim of the drive towards wartime propaganda. While he would direct the acclaimed invasion film, Olympus has Fallen, his vision of an epic feature film remained dormant. However, he would be given the reigns of a large project, an adaptation of an acclaimed and beloved Biblical novel.

    Ben-Hur: A Tale of Christ, starring Rudolph Valentino in the titular role, would be a gigantic success in 1922, helping usher in a new age of epics to capitalize on its success. Kodak would ride this wave with ease. Using the pull power of producer Thomas Ince, they made lavish, star studded adventure pictures set in exotic locations. “FROM THE DESERTS OF ARABIA TO THE TUNDRA OF RUSSIA”, one ad for the studio boasted.

    They even began to dip into more special effects heavy work, with 1925’s The Lost World featuring the then-almost life like stop motion models of Willis O’Brien. “Obie” was also recruited to do the effects for their adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough’s The Land That Time Forgot two years later, and Skylark, an adaptation of EE “Doc” Smith’s science fiction stories.

    However, they were not free of their own troubles. Thomas Ince himself was forced to testify in front of the Fish Committee due to the studio enlisting known communist or communist sympathizers to help with their films, and the release of Cecil B. DeMille’s The Volga Boatsman, a fairly sympathetic portrayal of the Bolsheviks during the Civil War. Ince insisted that they were “full, unashamed capitalists”, and highlighted his relationship with Vice President William Randolph Hearst as evidence of his “capitalist soul”[1]. At the same time, Eastman Kodak was also fighting the tide of unionism both for the main company and its film division, calling in Pinkertons to suppress the strikes and helping in enforcing the Breen Code. One of the biggest blows was the death of their star Rudolph Valentino in 1926, who had become an icon of the burgeoning Uranian movement due to his open homosexuality.

    In 1928, Kodak purchased the Pathe film studios in the UK. The same year, their documentary Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness won one of the first Academy Awards. Ultimately, the Depression would hit the studio hard, and already with communist sympathies and strikes rising in Hollywood, they began to move their operations to those purchased studios in the UK. Indeed, some of their next big feature King Kong (made by Chang directors Merian Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack with effects by O’Brien) was made in the United Kingdom. When the Revolution came, Kodak promptly left for Britain, and set up their headquarters there with their UK Studios. Their Hollywood lot was collectivized and renamed “The Burbank Film Collective”

    With the death of Ince during the Civil War, a new studio chief was needed. Luckily, Eddie Mannix, general manager at MGM who had followed them to the UK, had left due to disputes between him and the studio’s new partner Alexander Korda. Kodak successfully lured him to head up the studio and make use of the new British environment.

    Under Mannix (called “Kodak’s Little Mussolini”), they were able to compete with the MGM-Korda machine. However, because of Mannix’s overbearing style, they failed to attract many of Korda’s regulars, relying on a stable of stars from Europe. However, their European relocation also allowed them to experiment more with color film, using their previously developed two-color Kodachrome process. Eventually, they were able to create color films on par with the now widespread Technicolor, and use them to make even bigger pictures to sell to audiences

    During the war, they churned out propaganda films, including The Last Plantagenet to promote the newly formed Franco-British Union, and even some pro-American features like Red Trails and American Songbook. Ayn Rand would single these films out as evidence of pro-communist sympathies in the Franco-British film industry.

    After the war, Kodak would rely on its stars like Hedy Lamarr and Maureen O’Hara, called “the Queen of Kodachrome”[2] because of her long time affiliation with the studio. However, they would find new competitors. The Rank Organization, having recently purchased Universal, and RKO, owned by mogul Howard Hughes, were making in-roads in the Franco-British film industry. They would also find new allies. In 1955, they would distribute the adaptation of the television serial The Quatermass Experiment, done by Hammer Films. In 1958, Hammer’s Castle of Frankenstein would be a hit for them and Kodak, starting off the popular Hammer Horror films. That same year, they opened their first French studio, and enlisted Jean Renoir to produce the epic film Mekong, adapted from Pierre Boulle’s memoir of the same name[2].

    The death of Eddie Mannix in 1960 was devastating for the studio output, as was a failed attempt to start a theater chain. As a result, they turned towards distributing Eurospy and horror pictures from continental Europe and the Soviet Union, and downgrading their traditional exotic pictures, instead loaning their second unit teams to the EBC for nature documentaries. As for their own output, the rise of the counterculture and Swinging London gave rise to “hip thrillers” and beach movies, attempts to appeal to urban youth in London, Paris, West Rome etc, coinciding with their parent company pitching themselves as a “camera for the young”. Instead, while “Camera for the Young” was a success, the films mostly became the subject of mockery or parody.

    The traditional area of recruitment for Kodak, continental Europe, was also dwindling, with MGM-Eon offering bigger deals for their James Bond series, and even Mosfilm and some American studios recruiting politically active thespians for Spanish-based productions.

    A new regime, led by Indian producer Ismail Merchant, tried to return the studio to its bread and butter during the 20’s and 30’s, starting with A Passage to India directed by Satyajit Ray and John Boorman’s The Man Who would be King. These new Indian set films would both start off a colonial nostalgia wave and a new Indian studio to help the making of these colonial features. This coincided with a name change to “Kodak International”, to emphasize the new studios abroad in 1968.

    The biggest hit of 1969 was Planet of the Apes , directed by Francois Truffaut and based on another Pierre Boulle novel, and produced by Kodak International and Pathe. As part of the agreement to make the film, Kodak was to back Truffaut’s Alfred Hitchcock homage, The Rio Conspiracy. However, while filming in Bonn in 1972, three separatists from the Red Army Front kidnapped Truffaut, and tried to extort his family and Kodak for cash as well as the release of artists languishing under the “Exploitation Act” in West Germany. While the Bundeswehr was able to rescue Truffaut, the lack of security on set hurt the studio’s reputation.

    The colonial wave would evolve into a trend of Victorian and Edwardian-set movies in the 70’s, including Tess of D’Urberville, Howard’s End and Pride and Prejudice, which were disparagingly called “Tasteful Cinema” by some (criticized for their sterility and stuffiness), but were massive successes at the box office. Notably, they once again worked with Hammer in 1972 with the Victorian set The Reign of Dracula.

    Still, their penchant for exotic features continued, primarily with the new fangled spy thriller. Notably, they received official FBU distribution rights to Stern, a 1976 Maxine Kaplan adaptation produced by the ESCI affiliated Vertov Collective.[3] The critically acclaimed Indochina drama, The Night of the Jungle would sweep the BAFTAs and became the biggest film in the FBU in 1979.

    The beginning of the end for Kodak Films largely centered on corporate politics around its parent company, since their films had continued success with their brand of Victorian movies as the aftermath of the 1979 Crisis raged on. Chariots of Fire and The Flying Singh, about the 1924 and 1956 Olympics respectively, would win the BAFTAs and the former even received an Oscar nomination.

    However, Eastman Kodak itself was steadily losing out in the new battle for digital photography, and in 1984, merged with Ilford Photo to form Kodak-Ilford Ltd. The merger would not be able to accomodate the studio, so they auctioned it and its assets as a package. It was eventually purchased by the fast food conglomerate Maggie Pie[3], though Kodak would continue to license the name for brand recognition.


    The entire studio was restructured, firing Merchant, and shutting down the Victorian sets. Instead, the studio became more focused on contemporary comedies or thrillers to sell Maggie Pies under the guise of filmmaking.

    While some classics, including an adaptation of Douglas Adam’s The Nifty Galactic Handbook and The Final Solution with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore in their last filmed appearance together as Holmes and Watson (and the last to use the iconic Merchant sets), emerged from this period, the Maggie Pie era saw the output plummet and the remaining films largely generic, cheap affairs, a far cry from their luxurious hayday. Notably, they were involved in the notorious flop, Battlefield Earth, an RKO co-production based on the eponymous novel by Dianetic Church founder L. Ron Hubbard (who served as lead producer), through Maggie Pie’s deal to produce toys for the film. They also produced The Rise of the Planet of the Apes, containing massive Maggie Pie product placement, and regarded as the worst of the series.

    With this fall in quality, eventually Maggie Pie sold off Kodak to the private equity firm the Bernard Group, who merged it with Associated British Picture Corporation to form a new company, Imperial Pictures, which still utilize the studios purchased in 1929. The library and the rights to series like Planet of the Apes was sold to MGM-Mirror, under the Kennedy Group.[4]

    [1] Google “Thomas Ince”, and you’ll get the in-joke

    [2] Special Thanks to @Time slip for the nickname.

    [3] Bridge on the River Kwai OTL

    [4] Fictional American spy Rachel Stern and her creator Maxine Kaplan , as well as Maggie Pie, courtesy of @Mr. C

    [5]Media conglomerate owned by Cuban-British congresssman-turned-businessman Edward “Ted” Kennedy
     
    Hughes-Welch Broadcasting Corporation (By Mr.E)
  • An expansion of a previous piece I did.
    Hughes-Welch Broadcasting Corporation

    The headquarters of the Hughes-Welch Broadcasting Corporation in London has a massive golden statue of Howard Hughes in a pilot suit standing outside its front doors, pointing to the Thames. It is fitting, given the story of HWBC is really his story and how he exploited nationalistic feelings, capitalism, and anti-communism to form an empire within an empire, one which continues to prey on the fears of jingoists to this day.

    Howard Robards Hughes, Jr was only 19 when he inherited the massive fortune of his father, a Texas drill bit tycoon. Using his fortune, he would launch a career as a film producer (winning one of the Oscars with The Racket) and eventually going into aviation with Hughes Aircraft. Hughes would pack up and leave for Britain when Norman Thomas was elected. Hughes Aircraft would become one of the biggest aircraft manufacturers in the United Kingdom, and during the war, would produce the Hughes H-Series of bombers, and the Hercules H-4 transport vehicle. He would also go on to buy majority of the Cuban airline Transcontinental & Western Air (TWA) by 1944, and start offering passenger flights across the Atlantic as the war winded to a close.

    Hughes, however, decided to get back into the industry that brought him into fame. He would steadily buy shares in the struggling Havanawood poverty row studio RKO, before seizing complete control. This also marked his growing investment in Cuban and Jamaican casinos and real estate, propping up the Hughes name as the largest landowners in the Caribbean.

    Hughes was by most accounts, a neurotic, often eccentric millionaire, often going by his whims. So, when the Television Act of 1956 privatized many Franco-British stations to promote “free enterprise”, Hughes bought several of them solely because his favorite films and Cuban television shows were not being played on the EBC.

    One of those shows was Private Opinion, hosted by Robert W. Welch, Jr. Once an executive at his brother James’ candy manufacturer, the Revolution drove them to Cuba. The strong anti-communist lost his will as his beloved country fell to the scourge of communism. Eventually, he would find solace in faith, eventually becoming a evangelical preacher of “capitalism”. He would give sermons in the late 30’s while still working at the candy company, become a chaplin in the Cuban Navy, and rise to become a personal spiritual advisor to MacArthur and Secretary of War Edwin Walker. Thus, he would gain a syndicated feature in Life/Time Magazine in 1948, and in 1955, a nationwide program was commissioned showing his sermon to a national audience. Private Opinion saw Welch tell his audience (both in-studio and outside) about the dangers and evils of communism, and the need for a Christian faith “armed with the weapon of free enterprise” to destroy it. It was largely remain this combination of bog-standard preaching and bog standard propaganda for the first few years of its existence.

    Hughes would place the new stations under his control to the new “RKO-TV” division, which would supply them with imported Cuban films and television shows. By 1960, Hughes owned a large share of the Franco-British television stations, and would expand into other areas, including documentaries and sports. Some original productions came into being, including, notably, a six-part miniseries adaptating We the Living. Hughes’ interest soon went to the news media in the Franco-British Union. Hughes was a particular fan of The Daily Mail, a strongly conservative paper long run by Harmsworth family, which he felt was the only paper to truly dedicate itself against communism. Still, he felt that some “adjustment was needed”, and bought out shares of the Daily Mail and General Trust, which ran the newspaper.

    Hughes, associated romantically with some of the biggest stars of Britain and Europe, including Hedy Lamar and Olivia de Havilland, finally tied the knot with Marie-Claire Bonnel*, a French actress of some renown, in 1953. Resulting from this was the 1954 birth of Marianne Hughes.

    The early 60’s were decidedly not good for Welch. His sermon grew increasingly erratic, speaking of communism as an “ancient, satanic conspiracy”, and eventually started calling said conspiracy the Illuminati, a secret society with its origins in the Garden of Eden and philosophers of ancient Greece. Since he did in-house production through the “Robert W. Welch Television Corporation” and he never advocated any anti-state activity, the distribution companies kept the show on the air, albeit editing out some of the more bizarre assertions (including that British Royal Family were part of the leading council of the Illuminati. In a 1962 show, Welch claimed that God would ensure the survival of MacArthur as long as communism remained on Earth. A few months later, with MacArthur’s death, he claimed that the Communists had assassinated him in secret. Soon enough, the theories focused primarily on President Robert Kennedy. Welch claimed that Kennedy was a high ranking MDSS agent known as “Raven”, who was controlled by J. Edgar Hoover to assassinate MacArthur and sublimate the Americuban government back under American control. His rants grew more bizarre from there, including his father being an Irish mob boss and a crypto-communist who poisoned MacArthur. Thus, in 1964, Private Opinion was taken off the air for its inflammatory rhetoric against the President (and for promoting dubious health products).

    Hughes was outraged by the cancellation, and subsequently offered to have RKO-TV distribute Private Opinion for both FBU and Cuban audiences. Welch signed a deal that would seal its continued distribution and came back on the air in July of 1966.

    Emboldened, Welch’s sermons now focused on the insufficient response of the Franco-British Union to the threat of communism. Eventually, Welch would host a second program, which would be produced by the renamed “Robert Welch News Company”, helped by Hughes’ funding. Independent News was infamous for its intense support for the Indochina War. (Monty Python’s Flying Circus notoriously satirized Independent News as Maybe It's News ) This turn towards open conservatism was also marked by Hughes seizing complete control of the Daily Mail in 1967 in a hostile takeover, prying it directly from the hands of the Harmsworth family that started it and shutting them out. Hughes largely kept the editoral stance the same, only adding in a rotating column from one of Welch’s supporters (including Fred Trump and Revilo Oliver).

    With the combined success of Independent News and Private Opinion, Robert Welch would slowly rise through Welch News, now partially owned by RKO itself, into RKO-TV, and direct more attention to his own pet conspiracies, now increasingly bizarre. Noah Dietrich, Hughes’ longtime confidante and lawyer, warned that Welch was erratic and untrustworthy, but Hughes maintained faith in his new hero. Indeed, Hughes himself was gradually becoming stranger and more bizarre and reclusive. This lead to his divorce in 1969 and his daughter becoming distant, instead going off as a celebrity in her own right as a teen. He had also abandoned his English estate in favor of the Hotel Tropicana in Georgetown. He would rewatch movies like Ice Station Zebra and Topaz hundreds of times in a loop, and buying gallons of coconut water and ice cream.

    Still, the two kept in contact, and in 1970, the two discussed having a news network that could contrast the “communist-leaning” EBC or the “socialist” Voice of Europe[1], and bring a “pro-civilization” perspective.

    They were given a lucky test subject in 1971, when a TWA flight was accidentally shot down near Maine, and the occupants were held up in Bangor airport for several hours to get connecting flights. Independent News and The Mail portrayed the incident as the Reds kidnapping people and holding them hostage. The strong reaction showed the market for this sort of coverage.

    Hughes, Welch, and Dietrich would spend the early seventies hammering out this vision of a conservative news network, untethered by leftist sentiment. The new development of cable and satellite was decided to gain a wider reach worldwide instead of just the Franco-British Union. At the same time, Hughes and Dietrich agreed that Welch should probably stay off the air for now, because of his insistence that the FBU was part of a socialist conspiracy, which conflicted with government contracts for Hughes Aircraft and TWA. Thus, Private Opinion was given guest spots, while Welch was made director of programming and production, effectively taking him and his opinions off the air.

    After developing a series of programs that would make a full line-up for a dedicated news channel,(including Red Channel, The Nation, and Daily Mail TV), the Hughes-Welch Broadcasting Corporation went on the air on January 5th, 1975, making a considerable waves for its open attacks on Communism, detente, the ongoing Bolivian and Indochina Crises, and on the counterculture in London, Paris, Bonn, West Rome, etc. While said counterculture was quick to seize on it and its quasi-fascist nature (producing parodies widely distributed by recording), it soon garnered a viewership amongst Cold Warriors and Powellites, many of whom believed the government had been “surrendering” to the Communists. Pundits like Powell himself, American ex-prisoner and writer Barry Goldwater, and Ayn Rand would all get a chance to air their own “commentary (Rand advertising her colony in Northern Canada on the air was considered a memorable moment on British television, according to a 1999 Empire Magazine poll). Goldwater would go on to host his own talk show (Breakpoint with Goldwater) in 1976, where he would engage with a variety of politicians on a variety of issues.

    Howard Hughes died en route from Georgetown to a Kingston hospital for a bypass surgery in 1976. Dietrich would assume control of his various companies and assets, including RKO-TV and The Daily Mail. With Ted Kennedy’s own Global News satellite network rising as a competitor, Dietrich would transition the network to satellite, and make his own 24 Hour News station. Dietrich would also ensure that the increasingly erratic Welch (at this point, sending journalists to find evidence of the Illuminati in Spartan ruins) was kept out of official production as much as possible.

    Now 23, Marianne Hughes was a regular at Monaco, and mingled with the Prince on a regular basis. While the tabloids linked the two romantically, she would ultimately fall in with a very different individual. While at a yacht party with a friend, she noticed an old man telling a grand tale of the war. The friend, Sarah Folger, heiress to the Folger Coffee Company, recalled the scene:


    “We overheard him, and saw a group of people enraptured by him. He was telling the story of saving a group of British sailor during the war, while commanding a submarine. He just had this charisma, this presence, that attracted people. He would talk and people would listen to him. When he was done, he came up to Mary, and they started talking. She ended up wanting to talk more so much, he took her to his organization”​

    L. Ron Hubbard had been scuttling between a Dianetic Church owned property in Spain and an apartment in Monaco, since the Franco-British Union opened an investigation to the finances and practices of Hubbard and his church. As his followers in the FBU continued the legal battle against the government’s investigation, he was recruiting more people, primarily fellow tax exiles in Monaco, to help keep the Church afloat.

    He and Marianne became closer, and in 1978, she formally joined the Dianetics Church. With her wealth, she rose through the levels, before eventually becoming a high ranking member by 1980. Dietrich, sensing that Hubbard was a shady figure with a dubious past, began to dig into the Church, hiring private investigators to dig as much dirt on it as possible, and ordering some of the news programs to cover the church and show their internal corruption as much as possible.

    By that time, Welch’s paranoia had reached fever pitch, believing that 1979 was a smokescreen conspiracy by the Illuminati to ensure that the birth of the anti-Christ isn’t noticed. Upon learning that the FBU had retracted the tactical nuclear bomber headed towards the restive Quebec City, a furious Welch stormed the set of The Red Hour with Lord Richard Cecil, pushed him off the seat, and angrily yelled on camera about how the FBU had “key members of the Illuminati” inside that were conspiring to ensure that the “Satanic World Order” by staging the entire crisis. The broadcast was cut in minutes, and Dietrich would fire Welch then and there.

    Dietrich would die in 1981, without completing his investigation of the Dianetics Church, and legal wrangling prevented his papers from coming out, meaning much of it remains locked. (Bits would leak over the years, including Dianetics story of Xenu). Soon, a mandate was handed down to ensure all mentions of Dianetics were eliminated from the air. Marianne would get RKO to back L. Ron Hubbard’s film Battlefield Earth. She would name her first son, Lafeyette, born shortly after Hubbard’s death in 1985.

    The 80’s would see Hughes expand, first into continental Europe, and then Algeria, Nigeria, Ethiopia, India, Cuba, and Australia. All would follow the same anti-communist viewpoints, but tailor it towards the local markets. The hope was to create a worldwide conservative brand.

    New head of programming, Andrew Neil, continued the line during the wars and conflicts of the 80’s, heavily criticizing ant-nuclear and anti-war groups and protests, and being unabashed about support union suppression and privatization. By now, their lack of objectivity and open support for government policies earned them criticism from commentators. Ted Kennedy and Robert Maxwell, rivals of the operation, would use some of their publications to attack their stance. In 1985, journalists including Emile DuMont and Henry Kerrigan [2] (The latter having himself profiled Hughes during the war) signed a petition condemning Hughes-Welch for “journalistic negligance” and “degrading the political discourse not only in the Franco-British Union, but in international markets”. This didn’t stop their expansion into documentary film and book publishing through the Mail. That same year, Robert W. Welch died in his London apartment, living off his shares in his brother’s candy company and still in his production company. James would sell off the latter entirely to the HRH Corporation.

    In 1988, Red Channel would attract criticism for their interview of David Icke, president of the Dianetics Church, who was in the midst of criticism for the Church’s systemic attack on the government and demand it be recognized as a religious institution, as well as massive attacks on journalists and critics. Icke defended the organization and denied the claims. This coincided with the Daily Mail publishing articles alleging that the National Association of Mental Health was conducting experiments to drive people insane and destroy their will. These were later revealed to be given by the Dianetics Promotion Section, a propaganda arm of the Church. This coincided with Marianne’s subsequent power plays within RKO to ensure that Dianetics was ignored.

    In 1991, HRH reorganized their various properties, separating Hughes-Welch from RKO-TV. As the wars of the 80’s winded down, HWBC would double down on the culture wars, bringing on Mary Whitehouse frequently to discuss “video nasties” and the “violence on the EBC, ITV, Galaxy, and Canal”, and frequently mentioned crime and drug problems within working class, immigrant neighborhoods, tying them with communist activism in those communities. In 1994, Red Channels would spark controversy by claiming that “confidential reports” from the Joint Foreign Service revealed that several union leaders were secretly part of a Comintern spy ring. The resulting lawsuit would see them lose £110 million. They would invoke further controversy by stating that Ted Kennedy and the late Robert Maxwell were “assets of DeLeon-Debs”, and that Kennedy’s purchase of Maxwell’s publishing empire was part of a consolidation of American assets in the FBU.

    1996 would see them launch a website, along with the Daily Mail’s. 1997 would see them launch a separate Daily Mail Business Network. 2000 would see HRH purchase Minute and Le Figario, and subsequently launch Le Figario TV in HWBC French sections, replacing French translations of Daily Mail TV.

    After Independent News host Peter Hitchens blasted Tony Blair in 2006, Blair launched heavy criticism to HWBC, stating that they represented the lowest standards of television. In 2011, the history of Hughes-Welch was dramatized in an EBC miniseries, Truth in Journalism (referencing a quote by Robert Welch outlining the mission of a conservative station), and in 2014 in the American film News Wars (focusing on the rivalry between the EBC, and news groups owned by the Kennedy Group and HRH).

    HWBC continues to broadcast their unabashed conservatism, and have continued to hold some political influence, with former Parliamentarians and Lords making regular appearances to comment on various issues. Lafeyette Hughes, the grandson of Howard Hughes, is the current president of the network.



    [1] A government operated radio station aimed at Comintern nations

    [2] Fictional journalists created by @Bookmark1995 and @Aelita respectively
     
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    THE BLONDE DEVIL (By Mr.E)
  • The Blonde Devil (2013 miniseries)
    3 episodes

    Richard Heinz was a 20 year old WFRA soldier captured with his unit in Belarus in 1942. He was held at the infamous Maly Trostinets POW camp, near the Free American State.
    Given his fairly Nordic appearance and German heritage, William Dudley Pelley selected him as to go through the process of brainwashing, steadily broken through torture, shown anti-Communist propaganda, and is molded into a fanatical Nazi American guard at the camp by Pelley himself.
    Heinz was called “The Blonde Devil”, because of his extreme brutality, beating the enslaved citizens nearly to death for any indiscretion, mutilating many of the prisoners for amusement, and doing unspeakable acts towards his fellow POWs and those deemed inferior. The successful transformation from “Judeo-Bolshevik soldier to fighter for the Aryan race” is touted by Pelley and Silber Legion head Virgil Effinger and he was given commendations by the two.
    As Comintern advanced deeper into Belarus in 1944, and Effinger began to execute other brainwashed POWs they had converted, Heinz caught wind of what was happening, and escaped before he could become the next victim. He subsequently disappeared, with little trace of where he went or what happened to him
    Even for survivors of the notorious Maly Trostinets concentration camp and the horrific Free American State, “Richard the Black” or “the Blonde Devil” remained a ghastly memory, his sadistic actions and physical appearance inscribed in their memory decades later….


    In 1977 DeLeon-Debs, a Shoah survivor named Sonia Gertler holds back tears as she recounts the brutal death of her brother at the hands of a cruel Maly Trostinets prison guard named Richard the Black, a converted American POW, who beat him for falling down at work from starvation. Section 1 agent Yana Berlin, a young member of the “Axis Criminal Task Force” made by several intelligence agencies to hunt down remaining Axis war criminals still in hiding, has been assigned to record Sonia’s story to add to various stories about Richard the Black and his brutal crimes, to help identify and locate him to be brought to trial.

    Berlin and Shin Bet agent Donald Greenbaum head to East Germany to interview a Hiwi at Maly Trostinets named Georges. Georges and Richard worked as guards at the camp and later helped maintain the crematorium. Georges recounts, himself shaken by the memory, how Richard would bring in people who were still barely alive to burn. He goes on to explain that after he himself left Maly Trostinets, he eventually came across Richard in occupied Hungary shortly before Hitler’s capture (and Georges’ own capture by American forces). During their discussion, Heinz said he was likely headed to England, noting that he could disguise his identity and slip away from the WFRA. The identity was “Heinrich Wagner”. Heinz’ brother Martin (determined to bring his brother to justice, despite just being a postman) tells Berlin that name is likely, given their fathers’ name was Heinrich, and Richard was into classical music. The two agents begin scouring London in search of evidence for Heinz’ location.

    In 1991 Toronto, Gertruda Tomorov, a young nurse named at the Toronto Commune for the Elderly, tends to a 71-year old retired plumber named John Demme, who has osteoarthritis. Demme, while pleasantly sarcastic and calm, is fairly evasive about his past, avoiding any questions about his relatives, only giving an address in Ottawa as the home of his brother. Tomorov checks the address, but finds no actual location. Attempting to dig further through archives to find more info about him, she makes a startling discovery: John Demme was a 17-year old who was killed with his parents in a house fire in Ottawa in 1939.

    In 1978, Berlin, Greenbaum, and fellow Sec1 agent Lewis House manage to gain information about “Heinrich Wagner” in London, but find no information beyond 1953. A former neighbor said he was evasive and reclusive, especially about his oddly Americanized English, though recalled a conversation where he discussed possibly moving to Brazil for “the sun.”

    Berlin scour the archives of the Hudal exposure in search of any sort of resettlement plans, but is frustrated by the lack of info. Eventually, she does find records of his immigration to London, but little else. The former neighbor calls House and Greenbaum regarding a postcard she had received in 1960 from “Heinrich Wagner” from an address in Quebec City.

    1992, Tomorov reports John Demme to MDSS Section 7 for identity fraud. The agent assigned to it, Terri Sawyer, digs into Demme’s recorded life. Reportedly, he first started using the Demme name in 1956, while living in Ottawa, in order to get an ID. He was able to get a plumber’s license in Toronto after vocational school using this ID in 1960, and lived in relative peace, despite the eventual osteoarthritis in recent years. Co-workers said he was “pleasant enough”, if a bit reclusive and strange, often found staring at the pipes for no reason, listening to white noise, and seemed unemotional most times, merely doing his job without any real hobbies. One who visited his home, noted it was sparse, no family photos, or anything distinguishing. He explained a strange American accent by stating he was a refugee from America after the Civil War. Despite this, not enough detail exists to show any indication of his real identity. Sawyer does log his information into the new MDSS database for others to use.

    1982: The anti-Heinz team has more trouble accessing the Quebec City archives until the Red Turn. Even then, “Wagner”’s entry and some early jobs are listed, but by 1958, he had disappeared off the map and no one, not even those who remember him, seems to know where he is. However, one did remember seeing someone like him during a visit to Ottawa some years earlier. Nevertheless, the search atrophies from the lack of evidence, with the members steadily taking other, more concrete assignments. By 1987, even Berlin has given up hope of finding Heinz, especially since all traces of him or his various aliases vanish after 1958. Martin attempts to convince Berlin to continue, but she says that there is so little to work with, and it’s likely he had died at some point. She does direct him to donate blood samples in case something comes up.

    1993, enough evidence exists for Demme to be questioned. He initially denies that he had stolen the identity, but after evidence and grilling, he confesses to finding the name in an old newspaper and finding the birth certificate to use. He is arrested when he refuses to reveal anything else other than the lies he had spouted for 30 years and attempts to avoid his photo being taken, and his story of defrauding both the Canadian and American governments reaches front page news in The Daily Worker.

    In 1989, the investigation into Richard Heinz is shut down, with the members accepting that he had likely disappeared. Many are disappointed, but Berlin keeps a hot-line up for any tips that might lead to his arrest. In 1993, Sonia sees Demme’s photo in the Daily Worker, and recognizes him as the man who killed her brother. She calls Berlin, who sends a clipping of the article to Martin, who also sees his brother in the photo.

    Martin heads to the Toronto jail where John’s being held. John doesn’t recognize him at first, and the two have a conversation, Martin more and more tense as he steadily recognizes his brother. Slowly, Martin reveals that his name is Marty, and tells the story of how his brother was captured in Belarus. It dawns on John who he’s talking to right after Martin leaves.

    A DNA comparison between John and Martin from their respective investigation confirms that “John Demme” was in fact, Richard Heinz, his identity theft an attempt to hide himself from prosecution. The one-time unassuming Toronto plumber is subsequently deported to the Soviet Union to stand trial for his actions in Maly Trostinets.

    With no recourse, Demme finally admits that he is in fact the one called the Blonde Devil, pleads guilty and is sentenced to life in prison, where he died in 2000. Before his death, in 1999, he and Berlin sit down for an interview, where he gives a full account of what happened after Maly Trostinets. Of his excursions in Eastern Europe, emigrating first to London, then Canada, where he threw off investigators by stealing the identity of a deceased teenager and using that as an alias. He admits that, by the time of the Red Turn, he was certain that the trail of “Richard Heinz” had gotten cold enough that he didn’t feel the need to flee again, hence why he stayed and worked in Toronto. He doesn’t answer when asked if he regrets anything he ever did.
     
    James Bond films after Casino Royale (By Miss Teri)
  • In honor of the new Bond film:
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    Live and Let Die (1956)

    Bond is sent undercover into Columbia in New Afrika to investigate Mr. Big (Robert Adams), a local crime lord who has connections with Section 1 and is purportedly helping insurgency operations in the Bahamas and Jamaica on behalf of DIT8R[1]( a joint unit of Section 1 and Section 9 to route out foreign agents) through gold coins from shipwrecks

    Bond is captured at one of Big’s nightclubs, and interrogated by Big and his agent Solitaire (Marla Landi), who has an “uncanny ability” to look through time through “voodoo” ritual and tarot cards. Solitaire confirms Bond’s cover. However, Big orders Bond’s death anyway. Solitaire saves Bond, and the two escape from him.

    The two take a train to Leningrad, Florida, where they infiltrate one of Big’s exotic fish warehouses. They see that it is used to smuggle the gold coins into shipments into Caribbean islands. The two are captured and brought to the operator of the warehouse: Felix Leiter.

    Leiter is Mr. Big’s liaison to American intelligence, and has been behind the entire operation, using Big’s resources as a starting point for resistance groups in the Caribbean. Leiter orders Bond killed by throwing him in a shark tank, and kidnapping Solitaire as a “traitor”

    Bond is able to overcome the shark and one of Leiter’s gunman, and hitches a ride to Jamaica aboard one of the ships transporting the gold coins. Arriving in Jamaica, he (with the help of a Cayman Islander named Quarrel (Julius Okio*)) manages to reach Mr. Big’s private island, and places a limpet bomb below his yacht, before being captured again by Big’s men. Big ties him and Solitaire together and drags them behind his boat, hoping to kill them by scrapping them and allowing the sharks to feed on them. Fortunately, the bomb goes off, destroying the boat and freeing the two. As Bond and Solitaire recover, Big is shown becoming the victim of the sharks instead.

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    Notes: Niven, Carroll, and Nielsen return in their respective roles from Casino Royale. Guy Hamilton becomes director.

    Mr. Big partially based on Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, a New Afrika gangster with prominent Party connections through his legitimate enterprises and rumored ties to Section 9.

    First Eon Production co-production with MGM.

    Dr. No (1959)

    After recovering from his injuries in the previous film, Bond is given a new assignment by M. The JSB’s station head in Jamaica, John Stingways (Timothy Moxon), and his secretary have gone missing. They were investigating Dr. Julius No (Christopher Lee), a local guano mine owner on the island of Crab Key and a rumored member of Chinese intelligence.

    Bond and Quarrel head out to Crab Key, which Quarrel says is rumored to be haunted by a dragon. The two meet Honeychile Rider (Julie Christie), a local shelldiver when they reach it. However, Quarrel is killed by the “dragon”- revealed to be a swamp buggy with a flamethrower. Rider and Bond are captured and taken to No’s lair. No has a pair of prosthetic arms due to radiation.

    No, a Republican Chinese agent working on behalf of DIT8R, is attempting to disrupt British planes landing in Jamaica and Franco-British satellites through radio beams. No subjects Bond and Rider to a series of tortures meant to show how much pain the human body can tolerate. Bond is subjected to electroshocks, poisonous snakes, and a large squid, which he is able to overcome.

    Bond manages to free Rider, and confront No in the control room, as he is about to test radio beams on an FBU satellite. Bond kills No by overheating the reactor, and knocking No into it, killing him. Bond and Rider are saved by Bond’s old associate Rene Mathis.
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    Notes: Last outing for Niven as Bond, as he had aged out of the role. Also last appearance of Leo G. Carroll as M. Guy Hamilton returns as director.

    McGoohan era (1962-1972)

    Moonraker (1962)

    Bond goes undercover into the company of industrialist Hugo Drax (Warren Mitchell), who has been awarded a massive contract to help with a new Franco-British nuclear rocket to help beat Comintern to the moon. “Moonraker”, as Drax calls it, will not only bring man to the moon, but also Mars, using columbite fuel. One of the Joint Ministry of Space advisors was found dead, necessitating the involvement of the JSB.

    Bond encounters Holly Brand (Sophia Loren), a Special Branch agent undercover as Drax’s assistant. The two sneak into the Moonraker development facility and note that the staff appears to be entirely German. However, the two are found out and captured by Drax and his men.

    Hugo Drax is revealed to be a Nazi rocket scientist who built his fortune in Namibia after the war, and intends to avenge the Nazi defeat by using Moonraker as a impromptu nuclear weapon.

    Drax has the two tied to the exhaust during the Moonraker unmanned test run to incinerate the two. Bond and Holly break free, and Bond travels up the Moonraker rocket disguised as an astronaut to stop the test. Drax sees him and goes up himself. Bond tries to relocate the coordinates, but is attacked by Drax.

    The two enter low Earth orbit, and continue to do battle in free fall. Bond is able to relocate the Moonraker towards the North Sea, and ejects in time, causing Drax and the rocket to crash and explode.

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    Notes: First film starring Patrick McGoohan as Bond and Bernard Lee as M. Val Guest directs

    Moonraker heavily modified from the book to take advantage of the “space fever” in the FBU following Thomas Lawson’s flight. Film Moonraker based on nuclear rockets in development, such as Project Icarus.

    Drax’s brief time in Namibia was added after the 1961 capture of Josef Mengele in that region.

    Regarded as a weaker entry in the series.

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    Diamonds are Forever (1965)

    Bond is sent to Sierra Leone to investigate a diamond smuggling operation into Cuba.

    Bond, under the alias Peter Frank, meets with his contact, Tiffany Case (Lena Jones*), and saves her from assassins Wint and Kidd. Case tells Bond that the diamonds are being smuggled by the “Spangled Gang”, purportedly a Cuban Mafia gang run by “Jack Spang”.

    Bond subsequently tracks the diamonds to a racetrack in Southern France. There, he meets his old ally and fellow JSB agent Rene Mathis (Christian Martin), who is betting on the horses. Bond and Mathis battle Wint and Kidd when they attempt to murder the jockey, another smuggler Mathis had attempted to bribe. Bond and Mathis kill Wint, but before Wint dies, Wint gives the address of Spang’s casino in Havana.

    Bond arrives in Havana, but is accosted by Spang’s men, and brought before him. There, it’s revealed that “Jack Spang” is none other than Felix Leiter (John Vernon). Leiter congratulates Bond on killing some of DIT8R’s best agents, but says that it was for naught. The diamond smuggling was an extended scheme to build a satellite with a laser powerful enough to level cities to ensure Comintern domination of the Earth. He has also captured Tiffany Case, and has his men kill them while he checks on the project.

    Bond overcomes the men, and he and Tiffany head into the research lab beneath the casino. He and Kidd do battle, while Tiffany tries to destroy the laser using codes taken from Leiter’s office.

    Bond pushes Kidd into an experimental laser, while the codes are able to destroy the satellite as the laser is about to activate. Bond and Case escape on a cruise back to London, but Leiter enters their room. Leiter and Bond do battle, but Bond is able to throw Leiter overboard.

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    Note: First and only appearance of John Vernon as Felix Leiter. Terence Young directs.

    Book villain Jack Spang (an actual Cuban mobster) made to Leiter (an American agent posing as a Cuban mobster)

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    Goldfinger (1967)

    Bond foils a drug smuggling attempt by PanAmerican intelligence. He is subsequently relaxing in Belize, when he receives a new assignment from M. His long-time enemy Felix Leiter (William Shatner) has been seen with financier Auric Goldfinger (Gert Forbe). Goldfinger has been smuggling gold across borders, which has been causing gold prices to flucuate, threatening a depression. Bond needs to figure out how he’s been doing so, and what DIT8R has to do with it.

    Bond plays canasta with Goldfinger, and finds that he was cheating with the help of his assistant Jill Masterton (Shirley Eaton), and humiliates Goldfinger. He also sleeps with Masterton, before Goldfinger’s Korean assistant Oddjob (Harold Chang*) attacks him and knocks him out. When he awakens, he finds that Masterton has been painted gold, killing her.

    Bond then meets with Goldfinger in a golf course in Kent, where Bond challenges Goldfinger using a Nazi Gold Bar as the reward and bests him again. Bond then tails Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost in his Aston Martin to the airfield, where Leiter is waiting for him. He then hears their conversation, revealing that Goldfinger has a “special way” of transportating gold, and of “Operation Grand Slam”, which involves radiation. Leiter warns Goldfinger about dealing with “Public Enemy No.1” (referring to Bond)

    Bond then heads to Geneva, where it’s revealed that the Rolls-Royce had gold armor plating, which is then recast into airplane seats, and smuggled worldwide. Then, Tilly (Tania Mallet), Jill’s sister, arrives to assassinate Goldfinger, avenging Jill’s death. Bond tries to save her from Oddjob, but Bond is bested again, and the two are captured

    Bond is strapped to a solid gold table, with an industrial laser prepared to split him in half. Leiter taunts Bond, claiming that soon, his beloved homeland will fall, and Communism will prevail. He then leaves, and Goldfinger arrives to watch Bond’s demise. However, Bond convinces Goldfinger that he will work for him, which Goldfinger accepts.

    Bond awakens on a Pan-American flight piloted by Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), a former WFRAAF pilot and head of the all-female “Flying Circus” of pilots for DIT8R. He is taken to Paris, where Goldfinger grandly reveals his plan to several crime figures: steal the gold from the Banque de France, use radiation from a dirty bomb Leiter supplied him with to kill the guards, and devalue it, making Goldfinger’s gold more valuable, and causing the gold standard across Europe to collapse.

    Luckily, Bond is able to contact his French JSB counterpart Rene Mathis, who organizes the police to raid the Banque as the scheme is going down. Bond is able to overcome and kill Oddjob, but Goldfinger escapes, killing Tilly in the process.

    Bond heads back to London, only to find that his BOAC-Air France plane has been hijacked by the Flying Circus. Goldfinger and Galore confront Bond, but Bond breaks a window, killing Goldfinger by depressurization. However, Galore manages to escape, contacting Leiter that the mission has failed.

    Bond lands the plane successfully.

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    Notes: First appearance of William Shatner as Leiter. Return of Guy Hamilton

    The novel had Pussy Galore lead a squadron of lesbian Proletarian Guards who worked directly under Leiter in the novel. The film changed it to WFRAAF and removed explicit references, but the implication is still there.

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    Thunderball (1969)

    While relaxing at Switzerland (forced by M because of Bond’s excessive lifestyle), Bond meets Count Lippe (Anthony Liu*), a Machau criminal who knows Bond by “reputation”, but is fairly cryptic about his “particular occupation.” Bond is later accosted by Lippe, but defeats him.

    Undaunted, Lippe proceeds with his mission. He makes contact with Giuseppe Petacchi (Pierre Duval*), a member of the Royal Italian Air Force, who is given credentials to enter the Cazaux Air Base as an “European” observer to the Franco-British Avro Vulcan test flight.

    Petacchi seizes control of the Vulcan from the crew, and lands the craft in the Bahamas, where it’s intercepted by South Italian mafia boss Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi). Largo has Petacchi and Lippe killed (the latter because of his immature fight with Bond) on orders of his boss, “Number One”.

    When Bond returns to M’s office, he is shocked to see Felix Leiter speaking with M, and attempts to fight him, but M stops and explains: a mysterious terrorist organization called SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) has stolen four nuclear weapons (two American and Soviet missiles, and two Franco-British bombs stolen from the Avro Vulcan), and has threatened in letters to the leaders of those nations to bomb major cities unless all parties agree to pay a ransom of 100 billion dollars. Thus, it was deemed necessary for the JSB and Section 1 to set aside their differences and pool their resources in “Operation Thunderball” to stop SPECTRE.

    Despite their longtime mutual animosity (as Bond demonstrates with the ‘S’ scar on his hand), M forces Bond and Leiter to work together to stop SPECTRE. The two reluctantly agree to team up.

    They are dispatched to the Bahamas, where they are assigned to search for Petacchi, the last person logged into the Vulcan theft. While Leiter heads to the morgue to inspect the body, Bond manages to tracks Dominetta "Domino" Vitali (Claudine Augur), Petacchi’s sister. Bond then sees her partner: Emilio Largo aboard the ship Disco Volante. Domino believes that Largo is a treasure hunter.

    Meanwhile, Leiter recognizes the assassination as being by Largo, and subsequently realizes who is really behind SPECTRE. He goes to warn Bond.

    Bond reveals the truth about Petacchi’s death to Domino, and the two attempt to find the bombs on the Disco Volante using the Geiger Counter, only for Largo and his men to attack them. Bond and Domino are captured and tortured, with Largo alluding to “Number One” having the upper hand.

    Leiter manages to locate the captured Avro Vulcan, and with the help of the Revolutionary Coast Guard, secures it for Thunderball. They then raid the Disco Volante, rescuing Bond and Domino. Largo escapes aboard the Volante’s submarine, likely with the two Comintern missiles.

    Leiter reveals that “Number One” is very likely a Polish-Greek gun runner and former Nazi collaborator named “Blofeld”, who had switched sides during the war and helped Comintern intelligence during the Eastern Front, and later the Greek Civil War and the Berlin strike. Eventually, however, he would split with them, and built his own organization from his criminal contacts, including the South Italian Mafia, where he recruited Largo.

    Bond and Leiter pursue Largo (who is trying to launch the missiles to Miami) aboard the WFRN Submarine May Day, and a battle ensues between Largo’s men and the crew. Largo and Bond battle underwater as the missiles fall out of the submarine. Bond disarms them, but is too weak underwater to fight Largo. Just as Largo achieves the upper hand, however, Leiter kills Largo with a spear gun.

    Bond and Leiter recover in Miami, with confirmation that all of SPECTRE’s captured weapons have been disarmed. Domino comes to comfort the two. Leiter leaves, needing to write up a report for Section 1, but recommends a good restaurant for the two.

    Meanwhile, Blofeld (shown in shadow on his desk) expresses his disappointment with Largo to fellow SPECTRE lieutenants, but says that he “is not done yet”

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    Notes: Terence Young directs

    Thunderball adaptation deemed necessary as detente became more apparent. First appearance of Ernst Starvo Blofeld as a common enemy for Comintern and the AFS.

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    The Man with the Golden Gun (1972)

    A package is sent to the JSB headquarters in Paris, with a single gold bullet, with “007” etched into it. M believes that it is the work of Dominican assassin Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Plummer), a DITR8R agent referred to as the "Man with the Golden Gun", because of his gold plated Colt .45, which fires solid gold bullets.

    Against M’s wishes, Bond heads to Jamaica to kill Scaramanga. He meets Scaramanga in a Jamaican borello, disguised as a local security expert, and is hired to guard Scaramanga’s meeting with “investors”, under the control of his assistant Nick Nack (Hervé Villechaize), who was the one who initially delivered the bullet to the JSB.

    Scaramanga is involved in a hotel development on the island. His “investors” are mostly DITR8R agents and other Comintern spies, as well as local criminals. Bond learns of their plan to use the hotel to secretly grow drugs. This is part of a larger scheme to destabilize the capitalist countries in the Caribbean, by devaluating Jamaican and Cuban sugar (increasing the value of Haitian and Dominican sugar as a result), and sending drugs they grow into Cuba, British and French Guyana and Belize, thus eventually causing enough discontent to start a revolution, and destroy Franco-British control of the region

    However, Bond's cover is blown by Scaramanga’s DITR8R contact: Felix Leiter, who overpowers Bond, and captures him on behalf of Scaramanga. Leiter explains that his plan to lure Bond had succeeded (he was the one who convinced Scaramanga to send the bullet). Scaramanga plans to eliminate Bond by the end of the weekend to impress Leiter and the “investors” during a visit to Scaramanga’s private island.

    However, Bond is able to break his bonds right as Scaramanga is about to kill him. Bond proceeds to wipe out the other conspirators, while Leiter escapes.

    However, Scaramanga proposes an interesting proposition: a duel within the swamp. Bond with his Walther PPK and Scaramanga with the Golden Gun. Nick Nack officiates that it would take twenty paces. The duel ends with Bond killing Scaramanga, achieving his initial mission, though injured by Scaramanga’s poisoned bullet.

    However, Leiter grabs the Golden Gun. Leiter and Bond decide to do a duel to settle their rivalry. Again, twenty paces. However, when Bond turns, Leiter escapes into Scaramanga’s mansion. Wounded, Bond pursues him, which results in an epic shootout within the strange funhouse within it, complete with mirrors. While Leiter makes another hit on Bond, Bond manages to shoot Leiter several times, finally killing him.

    Bond, barely alive and with a face injury, manages to get a Entente Air Force helicopter (with Rene Mathis) to rescue him.
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    Notes: Final appearance of McGoohan as Bond and Shatner as Leiter

    Written by Roald Dahl

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    Richard Burton (unofficial, 1974)

    Dark Woods (1974)

    Commander Donovan Zebulon Becker (Cary Grant), a high ranking official within the JSB, heads into the United Republics, and begins meeting with members of various right wing rebel groups, listed in the “Dark Woods” Dossier as deep cover agents or informants. Becker subsequently activates them using a phrase from Robert Frost’s “"Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening", and sends them to blow up numerous secret American intelligence locations, causing confusion for the Secretary of Public Safety, Martin O'Dowd (Sean Cinnéide)

    JSB British section head M (John Huston) sends their prime agent James Bond (Richard Burton), a cold-blooded patriot with a “License to Kill”, to hunt down and kill Becker, to preserve the status of Detente.
    Meanwhile, O’Dowd recruits an older agent, Rebecca O'Hickey (Grace Kelly) to get to the bottom of the incident. O’Hickey had relationships with both Becker and Bond during various escapades.

    O’Hickey and Bond cross paths, and given their common goals, they team up to find Becker, though Bond aggressively tries to pursue a sexual relationship with her as he tried to do in the 50’s.

    Eventually, they determine that Becker is activating agents based on the first letter of their hometown and spelling out his name through the targets. With that in mind, the two are able to determine that he will activate an agent in Zion, Illinois. Bond shoots him in the head, seemingly ending the mission.

    At the hotel room, O’Hickey seems to give herself to Bond, only to reveal that she was setting up his arrest as an enemy agent.

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    Notes: American unofficial use of Bond, based on the novel “Telephone” by Walter Wagner[8], with Bond replacing the main JSB agent “Walter Lynn” featured in that book. Relatively accurate to the book

    Final film role for Grace Kelly, before accepting the position of Los Angeles Cultural Secretary.

    Part of the “Anti-Bond” genre sprung up in response to the Red Scare Niven and McGoohan years. However, because the portrayal is closer to Fleming’s original interpretation, Bond fans have unofficially adopted it as canon, at least to the original Fleming canon. Indeed, the 2017 Anthony Horowitz novel Death Lotus references the events of the film and Bond’s subsequent rescue from American incarceration, and The Updated Authorized Biography of 007 in 2003 states that “Walter Lynn” in the novel was an alias used in the book to avoid embarrassment for American intelligence.



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    Caine era (1974-1981)

    Joint Defense(1974)

    Bond wakes up in a JSB hospital, with M explaining that his injuries and scars were so severe that he needed plastic surgery and extensive reconstruction, including his voice. He sees his new face, and is impressed.

    SPECTRE has reemerged, and M forces Bond to investigate. Eventually, he meets a woman named Contessa Teresa "Tracy" di Vicenzo (Brigette Bardot), who he saves from committing suicide over a beach cliff and meets her again at a casino. However, Bond is accosted by some things, and brought before Union Corse boss Marc-Angle Draco (Gabriele Ferzetti), who tells Bond that Tracy is his only daughter, and offers him 1 million Entente dollars in exchange for Bond marrying her. Bond refuses, though will romance Tracy more, with the stipulation that Draco find Blofeld for him.

    Draco is able to locate Blofeld in Bern, Switzerland, where he has been corresponding with a geneticist at the College of Arms, Sir Hillary Bray, (George Baker), under the alias “Comte Balthazar de Bleuville”. Bond poses as Bray, and meets Blofeld (Donald Pleasance) and his assistent Irma Bunt (Julie Ege) at his Pia Gloria headquarters.

    Blofeld has been receiving treatment to surgically alter himself to elude authorities, and has been assembling a group of women from worldwide to cure of their livestock and food allergies, only to brainwash them to send biological diseases across the world.

    Blofeld reveals he knows Bonds true identity, and Bond escapes by skiing down the Pia Gloria, fighting off SPECTRE operatives, before coming to a village at the bottom. There, he encounters Tracy, who says her father had told Bond would be there. Exhausted to fight off the remaining agents, Bond is led to the airport by Tracy. Impressed by her resourcefulness and tenacity, Bond proposes, which Tracy accepts.

    Upon his return to Paris, he learns from M that Blofeld intends to use the women to destroy agriculture worldwide, unless a ransom is paid. Without support from the JSB, Bond is forced to rely on Draco and his Union Corse men to attack and destroy Blofeld’s headquarters.

    Tracy and Bond marry in Lauterbrunnen, the village where Bond arrived, and they head off to South Italy for their honeymoon. However, Blofeld and Bunt are able to attack their car, and kill Tracy.

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    Notes: First appearance of Michael Caine as James Bond (who turned down the role in 1968). Guy Hamilton returns to direct.

    Close to the novel. Second in the “SPECTRE film tetrology.

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    Commander Moon (1978)

    Still despondent over the death of Tracy, Bond is sulking in a Parisian nightclub outside the JSB headquarters. Thus, only too late does he see several Indian men kidnap M. He gives chase, but they manage to escape.

    Determined to find him, Bond tracks them to Ceylon, where he and a local JSB agent named Anil (Amjad Khan) look at local low-lifes in search of the men.
    Eventually, they are able to track down one of the men who kidnapped M (C. Ramachandra*), and chase him through Colombo, capturing him and holding him in the JSB station in Kandy to interrogate him.

    The man, a former soldier in the Indian Army, says that he was sent by his former officer Commander Chandra (Amrish Puri) along with others in his platoon, to stalk M, and capture him while he was working. The man said that Chandra had designs for a location in Madrid, though doesn’t say what Chandra’s intent with M is.

    Bond finds that the location is hosting a conference between the United Republics and the Franco-British Union, hosted by the Kingdom of Spain.

    Bond is captured again, only to find that it is agents of the Main Intelligence Directorate (the UASR’s military intelligence). Bond meets Alexandria Castillo (Stefania Scozzafava*), a Spanish communist within the organization, who tells him the MID chief in Madrid was kidnapped, and suspected JSB involvement. Bond realizes that Chandra’s men had also kidnapped the chief, and convinces the agents of such. Alexandria attempts to warn the local Section 1 station chief, but is dismissed as “ another Stavka meddler”. Sure enough, a bomb set by one of Chandra’s explodes at the Sec1 station, killing the chief and many others. Bond and Castillo team up to figure out his plan.

    The two catch up to another one of Chandra’s men (Pranav Pandya*) who set the bomb, and learn of his plan: Commander Chandra, a disillusioned Indochina veteran turned agent of SPECTRE, is carrying out a plan by Blofeld to disrupt the conference, and blackmail the two sides using the bodies as bait.

    Castillo recruits her uncle Escobar (Luis Ramon*), a Republican veteran of the Spanish Civil War and World War II, to help, given that Nazi war criminal Von Richter (Klaus Kiniski), whose atrocities Escobar witnessed, is involved with Chandra.

    Bond and Escobar attempt to attack Chandra’s base, but are overwhelmed and captured. Bond is brutally tortured by Chandra, in order to kill and disfigure him to intimidate the British side. However, one of Chandra’s women (Zaheera) frees Bond, who stabs Chandra, and learns from Escobar that Von Richter intends to blast the conference with a mortar.

    While Bond searches the complex for M and the MID chief, Alexandria and Escobar find and kill von Richter before he can use the mortar, saving the conference.

    Bond eventually finds the two, but a still-alive Chandra attacks him, resulting in a battle that ends with Bond stabbing Chandra in the heart.

    Bond is offered a medal by the UASR, which he declines, but Alexandria is promoted within Stavka ranks. Bond is determined to find and finish Blofeld off.

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    Notes: Directed by Francois Truffuant . Written by Kingsley Amis and Roald Dahl.

    Based on Amis’ post-Fleming novel of the same name (published under Robert Markem). Details were changed (since India has calmed down from the Red Summers, Commander Chandra was changed from a left-leaning nationalist to a SPECTRE agent), but it is close to the book.

    Regarded as one of the darker films in the series.

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    You Only Live Twice (1981)

    Still embittered by the death of Tracy, Bond accepts a mission to investigate the crash of a Franco-British spacecraft in the Sea of Japan. M suspects that the Socialist Republic of Nippon is behind it.

    After his arrival in Tokyo, Bond is then captured by the Nipponese Secret Police, and taken to their headquarters where their commanding officer, “Tiger” Tanaka (James Suzuki*), interrogate Bond. Tanaka realizes through Bond’s confusion that he and the JSB were not behind the destruction of a Nippon-Soviet satellite that had also crashed in the Sea of Japan. Tanaka suspected that a “Doctor Shatterhand” on the island of Kyushu was responsible. Shatterhand had been bribing the local nomenklatura to leave him alone in his reconstructed Edo period castle, but Tanaka had been investigating him on behalf of the Party.

    Bond realizes that Shatterhand and his wife are none other than Blofeld and Bunt. Bond and Tanaka agree to team up investigate Blofeld (Bond hoping to finally exact revenge on them)

    Tanaka and fellow agent Kissy Suzuki (Mia Chi*) pose as local bureaucrats visiting on an inspection. As Irma Bunt gives them a tour, Bond sneaks into the castle, and finds the center, where Blofeld is sending communiques to spacecraft, causing them to crash. Bond is then accosted by Blofeld’s army of ninjas, and is captured.

    Blofeld (dressed in Samurai garb) holds him, Tanaka, and Suzuki over his large garden, and reveals his final plan: crash spacecraft and kidnap their astronauts to blackmail the powers into giving SPECTRE de facto control of their nations. The garden opens up to reveal a pirhana tank.

    Suzuki is able to free Bond and Tanaka, and they are able to swing to the side. While Tanaka and Suzuki go to find the kidnapped astronauts, Bond goes to confront Blofeld. They agree to a duel. Bond armed with a wooden stick, Blofeld with his samurai gear and sword. The two do an elaborate duel, while Tanaka and Suzuki fight off several SPECTRE assassins before freeing the astronauts.

    Bond finally defeats and kills Blofeld by angrily strangling him when Blofeld brings up Tracy. However, Bunt then activates a self-destruct button, which forces Bond and the two Japanese to outrun an explosion, and fall over the cliff as the castle explodes.

    Bond ends up with severe injuries and amnesia.

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    Notes: Final film starring Michael Caine as James Bond, Donald Pleasance as Blofeld and Bernard Lee as M (the latter having died right before the film’s release)

    Plot heavily changed in the aftermath of the 1979 Crisis (originally, Blofeld’s plan involved starting a nuclear war between the powers, which would allow SPECTRE to take over the remnants).

    Final film in the SPECTRE tetrology. The renewed Red Scare convinced the producers to bring back DITR8R for the next few films.



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    Neill era (1983-1985)

    The Living Daylights (1983)

    Bond has had plastic surgery again due to his injuries. He’s been living with Kissy Suzuki, who hasn’t revealed his identity to keep him to herself. Meanwhile, Tanaka (who has since gone to work for DITR8R) has been subtly brainwashing Bond into becoming a double agent, and eventually sends him to assassinate the new M (John Gieglud). However, Bond is caught and deprogrammed.

    Needing to reprove his own worth as an agent, Bond is sent to East Rome, to help a South Italian JSB agent, Ronaldo (Giancarlo Giannini) escape, and safeguard his departure from a Section 1 assassin named “Trigger”. As he sits in his post, he takes note of an orchestra, and in particular, a blonde cellist (Maryam d’Abo). Just as Ronaldo is about to cross, Bond sees Trigger about to shoot, and just as he’s taking aim, shoots the assassin’s rifle instead.

    M chews Bond out for not killing the assassin, but Bond reveals that he didn’t shoot because the assassin was a woman. The blonde cellist.

    In the meantime, Ronaldo reveals that he had been investigating a fake Fabrage egg that was circulating within the GUGB offices in Rome. M notes that a real Fabrege egg was indeed about to be auctioned at Sotheby’s.

    Bond goes to the auction, and encounters Gogol (John Rhys-Davies), the resident head of the GUGB in London. Gogol purposely underbids, and Bond realizes that the egg is part of a larger scheme. While Bond exposes Gogol and has him expelled, he sees the same blonde assassin introduced as the owner of the egg, “Maria Freudenstein”.

    Gogol reveals that he intended to pay off a Pied Noir arms dealer (Audrey Pretre*) who was helping DITR8R operations in Algeria. Gogol is sent back to the Soviet Union, but “Maria” shoots him at Heathrow.

    Bond and his frequent ally Rene Mathis ( Jean-Louis Trintignant) fly down to besieged Algiers to confront the arms dealer, only to find her dead, and they are attacked by Algerian insurgents, who take them to their leader: GUGB agent and new DITR8R leader Pushkin (Jeroen Krabbé), introduced earlier in the film in East Rome.

    DITR8R intends to use a new cobalt bomb to destroy Algiers, which likely spark a downfall of the region. The arms dealer was meant to procure the material needed for it

    Bond frees himself, and confronts Pushkin at the converted mosque they are operating out of. Bond dumps Pushkin into the cooling vat, which disrupts the process, and destroys the facility.

    Bond escapes in time, but encounters Trigger again, and chases after her. He has a battle with her before she subdues him, revealing her real name: Tatiana Leiter. Bond killed her father, Felix. She then escapes into sewers, leaving Bond to wonder.

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    Notes: First appearance of Sam Neill as James Bond and John Gieglud as M. Neill was recruited after the producers were impressed with his performance in Reilly, Ace of Spies (Sidney Reilly being one of James Bond’s main inspirations)

    Takes elements from “The Man with the Golden Gun” (the opening coming from the novel), “The Living Daylights”, and “Property of a Lady” (short stories taken from Octopussy and the Living Daylights).

    First appearance of Trigger, taken from several book characters: “Natalia Leiter” introduced in John Gardner’s For Special Services , “Trigger” from “the Living Daylights”, and Tatiana Romanova from From Russia With Love


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    Octopussy (1985)

    Bond learns that his old ski instructor, Hans Oberhauser (Werner Herzog) has been killed in an accident in the Austrian Alps. Bond goes to send his condolences. At the funeral is World War II hero and Bond’s old commanding officer Major Devon Smythe (John Hurt).

    Smythe invites Bond to his cabin, where he has been living for the past 10 years. Smythe admits that he often goes up to the mountains. He laments that he and Oberhauser had a “disagreement”. He feeds his pet blue-ringed octopus: Octopussy, and talks about the “deceptive beauty” of the octopus, a beauty that can kill.

    Bond gets a late night call from M, stating that there is evidence that Smythe may have been behind the murder, and of his history meeting with American and Soviet agents going back to the war.

    Bond goes to confront a drunken Smythe, where he admits that he has been an American agent for 40 years, recruited at Cambridge. He had found a Nazi gold cache with Oberhauser’s help, and the two sold off the gold to DITR8R for years. However, their newest scheme led to a crisis of conscience, and an argument that ended with Smythe killing Oberhauser. Bond decides to respect his memory, and gives him a choice between suicide and court martial.

    Smythe chooses suicide, but not before telling Bond that DITR8R’s new scheme was an act of “deceptive beauty.”

    Sure enough, Bond looks under Octopussy’s tank to find the plans for “Operation Octopussy”. Toxins are circulated in the mail to key figures in government and business, specifically to poison them, and lead them to an economic collapse.

    Bond follows the clues to Cairo, where he finds the Octopussy facility in a pyramid. The head of the project, East German Dr. Heinrich (John Cleese) states that they intend to make their first launch in Paris, through their agent, dating a government clerk.

    007 subsequently heads to Paris to warn said clerk of her boyfriend’s involvement. He gets a location, but just as he tries to confront the boyfriend, Trigger appears again and shoots him.

    Left to investigate on his own, he remembers that Smythe alluded to a warehouse where he had bought Octopussy, and finds the toxin producing facility. Bond and Rene Mathis assemble the Parisian police for a raid. Bond battles Dr. Heinrich, before he shoots him into the vat, causing an explosion.

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    Notes: Final appearance of Sam Neill as Bond and John Gieglud as M (the former because new MGM owner Ted Kennedy felt he wasn’t right for the role, the latter because he demanded more money).

    Elements taken from “Octopussy” and “007 in Toronto” (The other two short stories in Octopussy and the Living Daylights)

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    Hamilton era (1986-1993)

    From Russia with Love (1986)

    SMERSH, the Soviet equivalent to DITR8R, has sent a death warrant to 007 following the death of a GUGB colonel at his hands in East Rome. To this end, they recruit psychaotic Irish Republican Army insurgent Donovan “Red” Grant (Pierce Brosnan), fiercely anti-British and wanted for anti-dominion activities and DITR8R’s Tatiana “Trigger” Leiter (Valerie Anton*), an American-Soviet dual citizen (through her mother). SMERSH planner Kronsteen (Walter Gotell) and Commander Rosa Klebb (Helen Mirren) plan the attack out. (The former two are not mentioned by name and are shown in silhouette nor is the plan set out).

    Leiter poses under her birth name, Tatiana Romanova, a cypher clerk at the Soviet embassy in Cairo. Romanova communicates that she wishes to defect with a “Spektor decoder”, which is much desired by the JSB. Romanova specifically requests that James Bond be sent, claiming that she “fell in love with Bond,” through a picture

    M is suspicious, but sends Bond, given the value of a Spektor cypher. Bond finds he has chemistry with Karim (Adrian Shah*), the local JSB chief.

    Bond meets Romanova, and along with Karim, take Spektor aboard a Egypt-Sudan Railways train down to Nairobi, where they will catch a flight to Paris. She attempts to have several SMERSH assassins kill Bond, but Bond overpowers most of them

    While Romanova charms Bond, Grant, posing as fellow JSB agent named Nash, keeps an eye on the two. Finally, Grant murders Karim, and subdues Bond, grandly revealing his identity and hatred for the British. Bond manages to move a cigarette case into his breast pocket, so after Grant shoots and gloats to Bond, Bond is able to make a surprise attack, killing Grant.

    Romanova flees with Bond to Nairobi, and from there to Paris. They are set up in a hotel where the Spektor transfer is expected to happen. Romanova seduces Bond, and distracts him long enough that Klebb is able to sneak in (tipped off by Romanova), whereupon Tatiana reveals that she is “Trigger”, having had some “alterations” since their last encounter.

    Bond fights the two women, with Klebb attempting to use a poisoned switchblade. Tatiana holds him long enough for Klebb to attack, but Bond is able to defeat Klebb for Parisian police to arrest her, while Trigger makes a getaway. Bond collapses.

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    First appearance of Anthony Hamilton as Bond and Ian Holm as M.

    Significantly changed from the novel (including the change in Tatiana Romanova and the setting from Istanbul to Cairo).

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    The Spy Who Loved Me (1988)

    Bond is sent to Vancouver to warn Vivenne Havelock(Andrea Thomas*) a local government file clerk, that her boyfriend Sol Horowitz (Jerry Goldsmith*) is a DITR8R agent nicknamed “Horror”, his steel capped teeth being his main weapon.

    Sure enough, Horror attacks Bond in the hotel room where she lives, with a horrified Vivenne watching. Bond manages to fight him off, and flees with Martin, while Horror give chase.

    They manage to reach their post and return to Paris for debriefing by Aristotle Kristanos (Julian Glover), a longtime JSB veteran, who it’s revealed that Vivenne’s parents are old friends of M, but they have been killed in the Caribbean. Through the experience, Vivenne and Bond form a romantic relationship.

    M orders Bond to investigate the deaths of the Havelocks in the Bahamas, seemingly at the hands of an assassin Gonzales (Stefan Kalipha) and his employer, drug dealer Enrico Columbo (James Reyes*). Bond heads to the Caribbean, while Vivenne starts work as a clerk in the agency.

    Bond makes good work of Gonzales at their Havana mansion, and confronts Columbo, only to learn that he was under orders, through “an old associate” from Herr von Hammerstein (Charles Dance), a rumored ex-Nazi turned brutal East German agent, and that the Havelocks had stumbled across something that could “change the balance of the Cold War”. Bond is then knocked out by Horror.

    Back in Paris, Vivenne comes across Kristanos making a call to von Hammerstein, stating that they have “succeeded at retrieving the ATAC”, and reveals that he is a DITR8R agent by stating their motto: “ Smert' Shpionam”. She confronts him, and he attempts to kill her, only for her to shoot from her personal handgun.

    Bond is taken to von Hammerstein’s dacha near Epcot, Florida[2], which has gadgets for him to use. He takes a hot stick, and burns Bond in the neck, while revealing his plot: to retrieve a newly discovered Automatic Targeting Attack Communicator (ATAC), used to command Entente nuclear submarines, and give it to the Americans for use. Von Hammerstein tells Horror to finish Bond off, only for Bond to turn the tables and kill him.

    Von Hammerstein and Bond have a battle, but he’s shot with a crossbow by Vivenne, who had tracked Bond to warn him about the plot. The two share a romantic, if tense moment, in the beach.

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    Notes:

    Plot elements taken from the titular novel as well as “For Your Eyes Only,” and “Risico” from From A View to Kill

    Received poorly as neo-Detente gradually began to take shape.

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    For Special Services (1991)

    Tatiana Romanova “Trigger” Leiter tails Scorpius (Franco Nero), an ex-NBI agent and far-right arms dealer tied to terrorist acts in the United Republics, through Marseilles. He is suspected as the man behind the theft of a code key to an American submarine tracking system. She sees him met an individual identified as Walter Luxor (Gerard Depardieu), a French businessman. Luxor remarks on Scorpius’ “efficiency” at getting the submarine, and states that Number One would be very pleased. To her shock, a man wearing the uniform of an American politico (Timothy Dalton) arrives, and Luxor notes to him that Scorpius was successful. Leiter attempts to take out Luxor, but Scorpius saves him, and she is forced to give chase through Luxor’s mansion. They escape with a man on a helicopter - with the SPECTRE symbol on it.

    Kronsteen identifies the man as Markus Bismaquer, a Texas apparatchik under investigation by intelligence agencies around the world as the successor to Blofeld as head of SPECTRE. Leiter is then sent to Luxor’s home in Rio de Janeiro.

    Sure enough, Bond is already there to investigate the disappearance of several scientists associated with the “Blue Skies” military initiative, which involves a massive satellite network to monitor any potential nuclear launches and warn any European submarines of a potential attack. Luxor had lured several of the scientists there under the guise of a fundraiser at his lavish mansion.

    Leiter sees Bond, and tries to eliminate him. After a battle, they learn that they are both trying to investigate Luxor, and their superiors decide on a truce, much like during Thunderball. Leiter reluctantly agrees to team-up with Bond, but states that she will kill him afterwards to avenge her father.

    Posing as an ornithologist and his wife, the two agents successfully infiltrate Luxor’s mansion, and while Bond mingles with Luxor to gain access to Bismarquer, Leiter inspects the mansion in search of clues for the SPECTRE plot. She accidentally comes across Nena Bismarquer (Minnie Driver), Markus’ wife, who tells Leiter of her husband’s love of rare prints. Leiter poses as an appraiser, and is invited to his “underwater dacha” near Key West.

    Bond and Leiter travel to the dacha, and meet Bismarquer and Nena. While they inspect the prints, Bismarquer also reveals he’s a car enthusiast, and Bismarquer and Bond engage in an impromptu car racer.

    Leiter finds the captured systems in a vast mission control center, with numerous satellites, under the name “Operation Watch the Skies” and when she tries to report it to her superiors, Nena knocks her out.

    Bond wins the car race. Bismarquer is impressed and flirts with Bond, but quickly subdues him. Markus tries to have an intimate moment with Nena, but she shoots him as a “weakling”, especially for his affairs “with everyone”.

    The two wake up tied up over a shark tank, with the “High Council of SPECTRE” watching them. They’re shocked that Nena is the real leader of SPECTRE, until she reveals her maiden name: Blofeld.

    She gives the two a demonstration of Operation Watch the Skies: Seize control of military satellites (through agents within the “Northern Aerospace Defense Command[3] and “Operation Blue Skies”) and send communiques to nuclear submarines across the world, causing a nuclear war, which will allow SPECTRE to seize control of the planet.

    Nena has taken a liking to Leiter, both romantically and personally. Nena tries to convince her to join them in their cause, noting how she lost both her parents in espionage and how both of them lost their fathers to Bond. Leiter refuses, and is subsequently kidnapped, when they leave to activate the systems under the sea. Bond is dropped in the shark tank, but he swims to safety by cutting one of the guards and leaving him to be devoured.

    Bond hacks into the computer, and locates the bunker dead center in the Atlantic. Bond overcomes several SPECTRE assassins, before cutting off power, stopping the scheme and confronting Nena, who is holding Leiter hostage. However, Nena easily overpowers Bond, and is about to kill him, only for Leiter to shot her using Bond’s gun.

    Bond and Leiter escape the self destruction of the base. As they look at the explosion, Leiter draws Bond in for a long, intimate kiss, before they’re picked up on a WFRN helicopter.

    On a carrier, Leiter is recalled to Deleon-Debs for a report. She tells Bond she’ll kill him another day, and the kiss was just to “relieve tension”. M and Bond then talk, whereupon Bond reveals he was wearing a bulletproof vest the whole time.

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    Notes: Final appearance of Trigger

    Adapted from John Gardner’s post-Fleming novel of the same name. Script by Gardner himself. Plot elements also from the original draft of You Only Live Twice (SPECTRE starting a nuclear war), and Scorpius.

    Introduces Scorpius, based in part on former NBI agent turned fascist arms dealer Lewis Coates (whose codenames included “Zodiac” and “Gemini”), who was connected with the assassinations of Americuban president Jay Rockefeller in 1988 and Pope Innocent XVIII in 1990. (The real Coates purportedly loved the character, and later took the name in later deals)

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    License Renewed (1993)

    Scorpius has arisen again, this time teaming up with a rogue French nuclear scientist named Anton Murik (Claude Herm*), fired from the Entente Atomic Energy Commission[4] for his belief that nuclear energy can be made easier and more efficient.

    Meanwhile, M tells Bond that with Neo-Detente underway, that the 00 program has been discontinued, but states that Bond is a “troubleshooter”, that he’ll keep around, without official sanctioning to kill. M subsequently sends Bond to Murik’s mansion in the south of France, where Bond poses as a mercenary for hire.

    Bond gains the trust of Murik by killing an West German assassin sent after him. (West German assassin was actually a JSB agent), and is invited to help him with his mission.

    The two fly down to French Guiana, where Murik is building his new nuclear facility. He states that this plant, while unregulated, will be a model “for the entire planet”. Bond is ordered to take out the head of the Commission, Lord Highsmith (Taylor Hickory*), who Murik will replace with his own daughter Lavender (Janine Smith-Huggins*), a prominent nuclear scientist unaware of her father’s scheme.

    Scorpius, in turn, is ordered to kill a safety inspector at a recently refurbished Nigerian plant. This is part of Murik’s plan to cause a meltdown in six nuclear plants around the world, which will leave his model as the working standard. Bond is ordered to kill Scorpius to prevent any connections to him. However, Scorpius exposes Bond to Murik, and Bond is forced to flee his men, as Murik initiates the plan to cause the meltdown.

    Bond, with Lavender’s help, is able to send codes that abort the plan, and Murik is arrested by Parisian police. However, Scorpius is still out there.

    Bond’s success convinces the JSB to revive the 00 program.

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    Notes: Final film starring Antony Hamilton (at the time, it was reported he left for “creative differences” with the producers, but years later, in 2011, he admitted that he had tested positive for HIV, and decided to take a sabbatical from acting)

    Based on John Gardner book of the same name. Started production in 1985, but shelved when the Saint-Laurent Nuclear Disaster happened that same year [5]

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    Neeson era (1995-2002)

    White Dawn(1995)

    Bond is sent to the war-torn country of Botswana to hunt down Eon Snyman (Dolph Lundgren), a Rhodesian intelligence operative wanted for the deaths of several figures in the FBU. Snyman is leading a group of other Afrikaans mercenaries who were displaced by the fall of South Africa, leading attacks on the East Africa Federation and the Congo on behalf of the Rhodesian government.

    Bond poses as a Anglo-Rhodesian officer who is their new “liaison” (Bond having assassinated their real one). Bond subsequently sabotages them with the hopes of sending them to East Africa for extraction, also becoming close to Snyman’s daughter, Ava (Charlize Theron), who is more liberal than her brother. He learns that Snyman is being sent to procure an item of great significance for Rhodesia. However, Snyman grows suspicious, and finds the body of the real liaison.

    Bond is captured and tortured by Snyman, and dumped in a small village almost dead. Luckily Bond is nursed back to health by local doctors.

    Needing a different approach, Bond sneaks into a Tanzania military base where Snyman was to get the item, and watches as Snyman steals a hard drive.

    Bond heads into Salisbury, where he finds General Franks (Peter O’Toole), the “Chief of State Security” congratulating Snyman on his success, and unveiling “Operation White Dawn”. The hard drive contained passwords to key government systems across the world. They plan to hack and shut down these systems, causing an economic crisis.

    Bond is captured by Rhodesian security, and taunted by Franks. Joining him is Ava, who is revealed to be a member of the resistance. The two escape, and while Ava plants electromagnetic disruptors on the computer, Bond confronts Franks and Snyman. When Franks threatens to kill Ava for her resistance activities, despite his promise for a light sentence, Snyman shoots Franks in the head, only for Bond to shoot him non-lethally.

    Operation White Dawn ends with a self-destruct button, so as Bond and Ava leads Snyman out of the building, it explodes behind them.

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    Notes: First film starring Liam Neeson as Bond

    First entirely original feature not based on a novel.

    Eon Snyman based partially on Clive Derby-Lewis, a South African far-right politican turned Rhodesian intelligence officer, responsible for the 1993 murder of former Rhodesian Minister of Education Denis Walker in London.

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    Icebreaker (1997)

    Bond and his friend Rene Mathis (Michel Landers*) simply enjoying an early morning martini before the latter’s wedding, when several people arrive to accost them. Bond and Mathis makes good work of them, which impresses M. M states that Bond should qualify for a new joint operation called “Icebreaker”.

    Scorpius, Bond’s new archrival, has been seen several times with Count Konrad von Gloda, a former West German officer dishonorably discharged for “misconduct”, and who has since formed the Neo-Nazi National Socialist Action Army (NSAA), which, with Scorpius’ help, had conducted terrorist attacks around the world, predominantly in Comintern.

    Icebreaker, initiated by Section 1, hopes to team up agents to stop von Gloda. Bond and Mathis paired with several agents, including Section 1 “troubleshooter” Brad Tirpitz (Hugh Laurie), veteran GUGB agent Koyla Mosolov (Sean Connery), and Finnish born Shin Bet agent Paula Pulkkinen (Meri Oksanen*).

    However, the plot immediately moves through a number of twists and double crosses. It’s revealed that “von Gloda” was actually Aarne Tudeer, a minor Finnish Nazi collaborator who reinvented himself as a West German Count, and subsequently rose within the West German Army. Paula is revealed to be his illegitimate daughter, something she admits, and states why she wants to take him down.

    Eventually, Brad Tirplitz seems to betray his country when they are sent to von Gloda’s base in Finland, and allow Icebreaker to fall into von Gloda’s hands. Bond frees them, and has a battle with Scorpius, which ends with Bond getting stabbed in the knee. Mosolov takes Bond to the Soviet Union, seemingly to get healed. However, Bond learns it’s to actually have him arrested. Bond escapes over the border.

    Mathis and Paula confront Tirplitz, who reveals his triple-cross: His betrayal was to get into von Gloda’s circle, and eliminate him when he least expected it. However, as Mathis and Tirplitz plan it out, Paula knocks the two out, and brings them to her father, revealing she was in on his whole scheme.

    Von Gloda hopes to spark a new “Fourth Reich” to seize control of the world and eliminate communists and Jews off the face of the Earth. He hopes to do so with the gadgets procured for him by “Scorpius”.

    Just as he is about to have the two executed, Bond arrives just in time to shoot von Gloda and Paula, and saves the team.

    Bond and Mathis arrive in time for the latter’s wedding

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    Notes: Based on John Gardner book of the same name, though changed heavily.

    Final appearance of Ian Holm as M.

    Known for the 1997 LEGO PlayCD[6] game of the same name, which would become something of a classic in the gaming community.

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    The World is Not Enough (2000)

    In Rio de Jaineiro’s Carnival, Bond is searching for Scorpius’ new contact: a pair of Neo-Integralist brothers named Pedro and Paolo (Teodoro Vila and Norberto Almeida), who are using the internet to steal money from various bank accounts across Europe and South Asia to fund their insurgency group in the Amazon (which Scorpius has been arming).

    Bond chases the brothers through the roofs of Rio before catching up and shooting Paolo, causing him to fall. Pedro escapes, though not before vowing revenge.

    Afterwards, Bond is at a party hosted by Kennedy Group owner Ted Kennedy (Ted Kennedy), where Bond meets the new M (Maggie Smith). He also meets Arthur Lingam (Malcolm McDowell), a Cuban born media mogul and owner of “Lingam Broadcasting”, a far right “TV tabloid”, and a critic of the JSB’s “acquiesence”. Lingam invites Bond to visit him at his hotel in Havana.

    The new M subsequently assigns Bond to head to the Colombia-Venezuela border, where Scorpius is scheduled to meet with his neo-Integralist contacts. It’s revealed that the neo-Integralists are smuggling cocaine into Colombia. Bond injures Scorpio, though not before he is forced to flee, where upon he sees the name of John d’Abo (Simon Pegg), Lingam’s young computer engineer, among the donors to the neo-Integralists (d’Abo humiliated himself at the earlier party).

    d’Abo, a cowardly and pathetic figure, is spotted talking with Pedro, and giving him an envelope. Bond easily coerces him at his mother’s London home into admitting that Lingam ordered him to give the money to the Integralists, list his name as a donor and not to reveal Lingam’s involvement.

    Bond visits Lingam’s hotel, where he finds Pedro is staying. Bond goes to ambush Pedro, only to find Scorpius waiting for him. Pedro ambushes Bond, and knocks him out.

    Bond wakes up to Lingam and Pedro at Lingam’s massive mansion (“a replica of the one our family lost in Texas”). Lingam grandly reveals that he had been using the Neo-Integralists in a plot to assassinate the Brazilian Emperor and pin on the Pan-American Confederation, resulting in a war (and a ratings boost for Lingam). Lingam leaves to check on the assassination

    Bond manages to escape, besting Pedro. He meets with M at the Havana Airport, and heads down to Rio.

    Bond tails Lingams car on his meeting with the Emperor, and as they shake hand, Bond manages to tackle the assassin right as he takes the shot, which goes to Lingam instead.

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    Notes: First appearance of Maggie Smith as M.
    Original, though taken from a proposed script from the late 70’s that satirized Howard Hughes and Richard Finlay.

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    Scorpius (2002)

    Against M’s wishes, Bond decides to take out Scorpius once and for all, when he blows up a cruise that Bond is on.

    Bond tracks down Don Lowry (Joe Don Baker), Scorpius’ old boss in the NBI. Lowry describes how Scorpius (born Umberto Salvatore) rose up through the ranks as a most efficient agent, and later using this tenacity and prestige to become a prominent drug lord, and later tried to export his own reactionary ideology across the planet.

    Lowry gives Bond the Brazilian based address of El General (Henry Dean Stanton), a Cuban army colonel who now runs the biggest drug empire in Latin America. El General taught Scorpius all he knew on gun running and drug dealing.

    Bond heads to El General’s headquarters in the jungles, and is brought to his direct attention. El General explains that he bestowed the name Scorpius because of his single minded dedication to his goal, whether it was enforcing NBI law or being the most effective drug enforce in El General’s organization.

    Just as El General is about to explain what Scorpius told him about his latest plans, he is assassinated by Scorpius. Bond gives chase through the ruins, only for Scorpius to disappear. El General only has one clue to be used: Rome.

    Bond heads the West Rome, and learns that Scorpius has managed to smuggle an atomic bomb across the Tiber from East Rome. Bond tails the convoy all the way to Naples, where Scorpio unloads it into his vast mansion.

    Bond then confronts Scorpius, and grandly announces that in 6 minutes, he will bomb the entire city of Rome, and take over Italy as its rightful ruler. However, Bond snatched the abort codes for the plan, and downloaded them already. Scorpius attempt to contact his pilot, but Bond fights back, resulting in a battle ending with Scorpius being shot over a cliff and falling towards the ocean.

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    Notes: Final appearance of Liam Neeson as Bond and the final film in the “old” Eon continuity before the 2010 reboot.

    Completely original script, though taking the name “Scorpius” from John Gardner’s book

    “El General” based on Robert Whitesmith, a one-time White American officer turned Integralist advisor turned drug kingpin, who indeed advised Lewis Coates in his early years.

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    Elba years (2010-)
    Casino Royale (2010)

    James Bond starts to earn his license to kill by assassinating the JSB station chief in Lagos (Omar Sy), who has been selling military secrets to the Congolese.

    Meanwhile, Le Chiffree (Djimon Hounsou), a former CGT paymaster fired for “corruption”, is recruited by Section 1 to manage the funds of the Syndicat des Ouvriers d'Alsace, a Comintern affiliated union where Section 1 is “farming” potential spies. He is tasked by his contact, OP3 (seen only as a voice on a laptop, followed by the words “Smert' Shpionam”, (Death to Spies)), to invest the money provided by Comintern, which he does into an “high-end” online escort company, run by “The Colonel” (Nick Frost).

    For his second kill, Bond murders banker Graham Ferguson (Colin Firth), who had been managing the financial affairs of the Mafia and Union Corse, particularly their investments in the Franco-British Union.

    After Ferguson’s death, the Colonel, whose site relied on Ferguson’s Mafia funds and fearing his connection to human traffickers may be exposed, completely shuts down operations and flees the country with investor money, leaving Le Chiffree short 10 million dollars. He is chewed out by OP3 over this poor planning, but Le Chiffree says he could recoup the money by organizing a baccarat tournament at the Casino Royale in Monte Carlo (conceding he was fired from the CGT for dipping into their funds to gamble). OP3 accepts this, but warns him that he will be “retired” if he fails to get the money. OP3 also says that they will be down there themself with him to make sure of this

    Due to his skills at card games, Bond is tasked by M to defeat Le Chiffree, ensuring that he defects to protect himself from retribution.

    Helping Bond is Renée Mathis (Eva Green), an agent of the Franco-British treasury, who holds the funds needed in case Bond is wiped out.

    Bond meets Chiffree and his girlfriend, “Valerie Lynda” (Ginny Globke*), a glamorous Americuban heiress. Bond and Heart flirt a little before the game is able to commence. Heart even offers to have Bond brought up to her room, which Bond declines.

    During the first round, Bond is completely wiped out, and to his humiliation, has to be bailed out by the Treasury.

    Bond manages to win the second round, which leaves Le Chiffree desperate. He kidnaps Renée from her hotel room, and flees, prompting a chase with Bond. Bond however, is ambushed, and captured.

    Le Chiffree goes through a brutal regiment of torture, including genital torture, before “OP3” arrives, unseen by the blindfolded Bond. Le Chiffree begs for his life, claiming that OP3 saw Bond cheat, only to be shot in the head. OP3 frees Bond, noting that their mission was basically complete with Le Chiffree’s death, but inscribes on his hand the symbol “'Ш' (from шпион or Spy) to indicate that he is a spy to their “comrades”, and OP3 knocks out Bond.

    Bond wakes up in a French hospital, with Valerie Lynda at his side. They gradually form a relationship as he recovers, with Bond contemplating leaving the brutal life of an agent to be with her. However, when Renée sends Bond footage of Lynda’s car entering the location where Bond was tortured, as well as financial records showing that she was Le Chiffree’s contact with the “Syndicat des Ouvriers d'Alsace”, he follows her to the winnings transfer in Paris, where she attempts to sabotage it. Bond manages to stop her, but she shoots Bond in the knee, and makes a comment that she should’ve killed him at Chiffree’s complex (revealing she was OP3). She also reveals her real name: Felicia Leiter, Operative 3 of “DITR8R”, a joint Section 1-Section 9 taskforce to ensure the death of “spies, traitors, anyone who gets in the way of the international revolution”. She escapes, with Bond unable to catch her. He bitterly tells M, “The Bitch, she’s dead”.

    In a post-credits scene, the Colonel, relaxing in a bordello in the Bahama (and building another company with his criminal contacts), goes to the door expecting to get magharitas, only to see Bond, prepared to kill him for his role in human trafficking for the Mafia.

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    Notes:

    First appearance of Idris Elba as Bond and the start of a rebooted continuity largely unconnected with the original films.

    Directed by Danny Boyle

    Regarded as a different adaptation of the novel than a direct remake of the Hitchcock film. Some ideas taken from an unused draft of the 1954 film (including merging the characters of Leiter and Lynd).[7]


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    GoldenEye(2013)

    A mysterious motorist (Mads Mikkels) has been killing dispatchers from the Supreme European Command Center in Brussels and stealing top secret documents. [9] M suspects that DITR8R is behind the deaths, and sends Bond (since fully recovered from being shot in the knee) to investigate it.

    Disguised as another dispatcher, Bond captures the motorist, who is identified as a Swedish mercenary named “The Butcher” for his ability to effectively kill people. The Butcher attempts to negotiate a release in exchange for information about his “employers”.

    However, the Butcher is murdered by a guard during a transfer to another facility. Bond tries to beat the information out of the guard, only for him to produce a cyanide capsule.

    Just as the case grows cold, M gets a surprise phone call- from the Secretariat of Public Safety. A meeting is arranged between Felicia Leiter and Bond. While tense because of the events of the previous film, Leiter reveals that the Butcher had also been murdering Stavka dispatches, and stealing their own classified documents. In spite of the MDSS’ refusal to cooperate with JSB on an “internal matter”, Leiter gives Bond the name of a contact, “Mr. White” (David Harbour) in Jamaica, who the Butcher had sold most of the documents he stole to.

    Mr. White, a corrupt Cuban businessman, is already under investigation for his connections to organized crime in the Caribbean. Bond, disguised as a potential investor, meets White at his penthouse suite at the Havana Hilton-Hyatt. Mr. White talks about how he is the world’s most successful criminal banker for most of the world’s crime syndicates, and has recently had some success managing the relationship between a mysterious new organization named “Goldeneye” and the Venezuelan President.

    Mr. White goes into a meeting, which Bond observes. They discuss “Operation View to Kill”, involving the Venezulan President and a small region in Venezuela. Bond witnesses White being murdered, and he himself is captured.
    Bond awakens to see himself confronted by the “Marqui de Sade” (Crash*), who tortures Bond, before Bond is able to subdue him. The assassin reveals that he was sent to keep Bond from GoldenEye’s attempt to consolidate control the Venezuelan oil field under their leader Nero (Gabriel Gladios*).

    Bond goes to Caracas, where he locates the headquarters of GoldenEye in Caracas. After besting some assassins, he confronts Nero, and kills him, and through his associate Mathis, gets the Venezuelan police involved.

    However, as he recovers, he receives a call from a figure called “One”, who states that GoldenEye was merely a front for a real global organization, SPECTRE while Bond had foiled them in Venezuela, he has other plans.

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    Notes: Name taken from short story in For Your Eyes Only; opening from “From a View to Kill” from the same collection.

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    SPECTRE (2016)

    Bond heads down to Macau, where Count Lippe (Henry Golding), a prominent criminal, is arranging the hacking of Franco-British satellite codes and transferring them to SPECTRE headquarters. Bond manages to halt the transfer of the codes. Lippe is subsequently executed by Emilio Largo (Javier Bardem), the SPECTRE chief of operations, who enacts his plan B: hack into the European Naval Command through his own hacker Giuseppe “Joey” Petacchi (who he later kills) and gaining access to the satellites that way.

    Meanwhile, DITR8R reports that SPECTRE has successfully uploaded many of its own code, leaving their own computer networks open to attack. The Secretariat of Public Safety makes contact with the JSB, and they realize that SPECTRE has most of the codes to access and communicate to their satellite networks

    Sure enough, “One” makes a worldwide transmission (identity obscured), warning that he now has the ability to remotely launch any nuclear weapon automatically, and demands that Comintern and the AFS give SPECTRE 100 billion dollars.

    The SecPubSafe and JSB pool their resources in “Thunderball”, an anti-SPECTRE task force. Both Felicia Leiter and Bond are recruited into the task force, and they reluctantly agree to team-up.

    While Leiter is sent to investigate the circumstances of Petacchi’s death at CERN, Bond is sent to protect his sister, Dominique, who is living in a yacht in Thailand.

    The two grow closer as Bond protects her. However, Bond soon meets her other lover: Emilio Largo, who Leiter deduced as Petacchi’s killer (Largo, as a South Italian agent, having killed a suspected double agent in the same way). Leiter looks at the DITR8R database, and learns that Largo has been seen with an asset known to Leiter.

    Bond relays the information to Domino, and the two try to hack into the SPECTRE database from Largo’s yacht. Unfortunately, they are captured by Largo, who tortures them for information. Luckily, Leiter and a group of DITR8R agents save the two, though Largo makes a getaway.

    As the two recover, Leiter explains that “One” was a man of unknown origin, who was an intelligence asset and hacker who used to sell his skills to the highest bidder. He had collaborated with both intelligence agencies at one point (confirmed by M). His name is rumored to be Blofeld.

    They and a group of Indochinese sailors pursue Largo to his island base where the plan is to use the codes to activate nuclear weapons the world over. During the battle, Bond and Largo battle in a pool, and just when he is about to kill Bond, Leiter rescues him by shooting a harpoon gun.

    In a post-credits scene, “One” says that this setback will not stop his eventual plans.

    [1] Special thanks to Sumeragi for the name. Fleming made an American version of the Soviet SMERSH TTL, which doesn’t exist, but was menacing enough
    [2] “Experimental Prototypical Commune of Tomorrow”, a community focused on technological advancement and efficient planning, built in 1960.
    [3] TTL NORAD-esque organization
    [4] After the first successful Franco-British nuclear weapon in 1947, the EAEC was formed in 1951 to promote the peacetime use of nuclear energy in civilian application. .
    [5] Due to a failure of the coolant system, a reactor overheated, resulting in a partial meltdown.
    [6] CD-based 64-bit Gaming console from LEGO, introduced in 1995.
    [7] Slight variation on the 1954 Climax! Adaptation, which featured “Valerie Mathis”.
    [8] OTL Telefon, adapted to a film starring Charles Bronson and Donald Pleasance.
    [9] The military headquarters for the European Confederation.
     
    AELITA (1937) (By Miss Teri)
  • Aelita (1937)

    Directed by William Cameron Menzies
    Produced by the Burbank Film Collective and the Rocket Propulsion Lab
    Written by Frank Malina, Ed Forman and Jack Parsons, based on the novel by Alexei Tolstoy


    In 1936 California, Los (Marion Morrison) is a daydreaming engineer at a “rocketry lab”, building a liquid fuel rocket ship in his free time. He receives several Martian transmissions, and he starts thinking and fantasizing on them, describing a civilization on the planet Mars, filled by “Crimson” Martians and ruled by “First Secretary” Tuskub (Clark Gable), who runs the “Assembly of Engineers”, which overthrew a monarchy in a bourgeois revolution, only to themselves devolve into a de facto aristocracy, where the Engineers heavily exploit the workers before freezing them in stasis in a series of underground caves. His daughter Aelita (Marlene Dietrich) is herself a scientist who is working on the canal system feeding their civilization. Aelita also gazes at Earth through a telescope. The Assembly has wiped out other civilizations (including one of “four-armed green warriors”), and enslaved their denizens.

    Los’ wife, Natasha (Margaret Sullivan) and their friend, Soviet immigrant Spiridinov (Nikolai Tsereteli) are being swindled by Ehlrich (George Raft), a former New York mobster turned apparatchik, who extorts them and other workers to feed his decadent lifestyle.

    Los comes home one day to see Natasha and Ehlrich together, not realizing that Ehlrich is trying to impose himself on her. Outraged, he shoots Ehlrich. He subsequently flees, using Spiridinov’s ID (disguising himself heavily). He is joined by Gusev (Jack Parsons), a former Red Army officer, in securing entry to Los’ rocket. They are able to launch the rocket, to their ultimate destination: Mars. Stowed away is Krastov (Paul Muni), a detective with the Proletarian Guard investigating Ehlrich’s death.

    They arrive on Mars (shown in bright, beautiful Technicolor), but Los and Gusev are arrested by Tuskub (convinced by Krastov), despite the pleas of Aelita, and sent to the caves to be put to work. She visits them, and reveals that she and Los have had a connection through the transmission. She also reveals that she has made a shocking discovery: the polar ice caps have not been melting as planned, meaning that a drought might be soon to come. Tuskub has put off preparation for this disaster for too long.

    Aelita is able to break the two out, and Gusev attempts to inspire a revolution. When Tuskub is forced to announce that the polar caps have stopped melting, and that a massive drought is imminent, Aelita talks about the true implications of such an event, inspiring the other prisoners to rebel and release their fellow workers from stasis.

    While seeming to succeed at first, Tuskub’s forces are able to crush the rebellion, forcing Los and Gusev to flee (Krastov was killed in the rebellion). Los attempts to convince Aelita to come with him, but she states that she must remain to lead the workers in their rebellion.

    Los and Gusev return (due to time dilation, several years later) to learn that Ehlrich’s death had been blamed on a fellow mobster. Los is reunited with his wife and returns to his work, but still thinks about Aelita and her current location. After looking at Mars in a telescope, he receives a new transmission: addressed to him directly.

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    Notes:

    An American remake of the 1924 Soviet science fiction film Aelita was long considered among left-leaning circles in Hollywood during the pre-Revolution Silent Era. Eastman-Kodak Films considered an adaptation in 1927, before scrapping it in light of the Fish Hearings. United Artists considered a remake as their first sound feature in 1928, with Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks as Aelita and Los, but it was deemed too large budget, instead going for the relatively easier to produce B. Traven adaptation Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

    Finally, the Revolution and the rise of new state-sponsored filmmaking organizations like Proletkult allowed for the remake on a scale that Aelita deserved.

    The film was co-produced by Eastman-Kodak’s successor Burbank Films and the then-recently formed Rocket Propulsion Laboratory in California, which needed to promote the use of rockets. Founders Frank Malina, Ed Forman, and Jack Parsons figured that a movie could effectively be used, and a remake of the Soviet film seemed like a perfect vehicle, given their own inclination towards space travel.

    Parsons, in a rare acting performance, was cast as the former Red Army soldier Gusev

    Parsons admitted that he had written his version of Aelita as a version of and sequel to the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs, set thousands of years later (implying that John Carter had traveled to the Martian past) and added many references to that franchise, including the races featured in that series, and distorted versions of the names (“Healum”, the ruling city of Mars, being a distortion of “Helium”, a prominent Red Martian). The worker Martians are green and have four arms, while the Engineers are reddish in complexion. Burroughs himself would canonize this in 1948’s Alita, Worker of Mars, with Carter being thrust thousands of years into the future to find Tolstoy’s version had taken over after the fall of Helium, and other writers, such as Phillip Jose Farmer, Kim Newman, Larry Niven, and Kevin Anderson, have combined the two, along with other Martian based settings including HG Wells’ War of the Worlds, Alexander Bogdanov’s Red Star, Matthew Arnold's Gulliver Jones on Mars, and CS Lewis’ Out of the Silent Planet.

    Regarded more as a direct adaptation of the Alexei Tolstoy novel than a remake of the 1924 film, given how closer the plot is to the former.

    The visual look of the film combined the collectivist imagery of the original with the fantastical descriptions of Barsoom. The film’s success with the resulting mixture of modernism and fantasy became a staple for later fantastik[1] works, including Bob Clampett’s own animated Burrough’s adaptation, The Warlord of Mars, Flash Gordon serials (and Sergio Leone’s adaptation of the same property), the 1960 adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles, and, most notably, on the Star Wars series.

    Marlene Dietrich’s costume for the film (considerably more sexualized than the original 1924 film, and reminiscent of Burrough’s Dejah Thoris) became iconic and popular. Dietrich said that when she served as part of the Amazon Brigades in Soviet Union during the World Revolutionary War [2],she was surprised to find many soldiers had photos of her as Aelita.

    The film is also a technical achievement in its use of three-strip Technicolor. To emphasize the difference between Earth and Mars, the Earth scenes are shot in black-and-white, while Mars is shown in Technicolor, with the red and green make-up of the Martians shown on wide display. The reveal of Mars in color is widely regarded as an iconic scene.

    Would produce remakes in 1954 and 1983, as well as sequels and spin-offs.

    Part of a growing Fantastik trend in First Cultural Revolution Hollywood.

    Original display for Healum still in the Rocket Propulsion Lab headquarters in Pasadena.

    [1] Umbrella term, imported from Russian, for SF/Fantasy TTL
    [2] World War II TTL
     
    Freedom is Responsibility (By Bookmark1995)
  • Its been a while since I've contributed to this thread.

    This idea is born from my headcanon of Canadians struggling with their sudden shift from liberal capitalism to radical socialism.

    This explores the struggle to adapt to American issues on....intimacy.


    Transcript of Liberty Is Respect, Tolerance is Responsibility: Your Guide to Free Love (1985)

    (A class of young adults in Toronto is watching a film footage of scenes from Miami Beach: two old men playing chess, a volleyball game, a group of young men and women relaxing in a hot tub, and a middle-aged couple holding hands while walking in shallow water. The people in the footage are mostly or completely in the buff).

    The TEACHER (a small smile on her face): OK comrades. What are the people in that footage doing?

    BILLY: Uh...holding hands.

    JOAN: Playing volleyball.

    PATRICK: Converting oxygen into carbon dioxide.

    (A small snicker is heard from the group of students. Even The TEACHER is mildly amused).

    THE TEACHER: Yes Patrick, very good. Now can you tell me what aren't they doing?

    (The group is silenced, somewhat confused by the question)

    PATRICK: Not oppressing the proletariat.

    THE TEACHER (a smirk): Yes Patrick, but can you tell me how?

    PATRICK (after a long pause): I don't know.

    THE TEACHER: In all these shots, the people aren't wearing clothes-

    PATRICK (sarcastically): I thought this was sex ed, not a eye exam.

    (more snickers are heard. The TEACHER chuckles a bit)

    THE TEACHER: They are not wearing clothes. Yet, that doesn't stop them from hanging out. What does tell you?

    (The class thinks about the question for a few minutes, but they can't answer)

    THE TEACHER: Under capitalism you have been taught that in America, life is nothing more than mindless, endless, sex with everybody.

    PATRICK (sarcastically): Oh god, how horrible. Please don't punish us with that.

    (The class snickers again).

    THE TEACHER (somewhat seriously): Patrick, this is important. Here in America, there is enormous tolerance for people. But in return, you must respect their boundaries. All the people in the footage, despite being nude, still respect each other's boundaries. The couple you saw holding hands, aren't married or even dating.

    JOAN (somewhat surprised): Really? They don't even have, um, casual....

    THE TEACHER (reassuring smile): Joan it's OK to say the word "sex:. It isn't something you have to hide from me. But yes Joan, they are not even casual. They are regular friends)

    (The TEACHER plays footage of the hand-holding couple. They engage in platonic activities, and then run off to their respective romantic partners. The class is amazed).

    THE TEACHER: Free love isn't the same thing as automatic sex. It is giving people freedom and respecting their boundaries. You can have sex, but intimacy and caring is still part of the process.

    Commonpedia.UASR

    Freedom Is Responsibility: A Guide to Free Love

    Freedom is Responsibility: A Guide to Free Love
    is a 1986 PSA produced by the Secretariat of Education. The film was pushed to properly educate Canadian youth about the social attitudes of the UASR, after numerous incidents of sexual assault following the Red Turn. The film stars a shy young Canadian (Michael J. Fox) [1] who is given a lecture about free love by an American teacher (Marilyn Chambers) [2].




    [1] The choice of Michael J. Fox is because of his ability to look like a teenager well into his 30s.

    [2] One of the OTL figures in the "Golden Age of Porn" in the 1970s.

     
    LOST CITY OF Z (1966) (By Miss Teri)
  • Lost City of Z (1966)

    Directed by David Lean
    Based on the novel “Expedition Fawcett” by Brian Fawcett


    Part I


    In 1942, near the Bolivian-Brazilian border at Mato Grosso, a group of PanAmerican soldiers are patrolling the jungle. Two of the soldiers, Javier (Jose Hernandez*) and Maria (Janine Worthington*) wander out of the formation, and hear something rumbling in the bushes. After shooting at the trees, an Englishman (Max von Syndow) emerges from the bushes, and collapses from a gunshot wound.

    At the PanAmerican camp, Chilean Sub-Lieutenant Augusto Pinochet (Omar Shaif) learns of the Englishman’s capture, and sends the English speaking Maria to record his story. The man dies of his injuries, but he is identified as Jack Fawcett, and he carries several artifacts, including an Integralist flag, a book about mysterious South American cultures, several pieces of ancient pottery and a journal belonging to “Col. Percy Fawcett”, describing their journey through the jungle.

    Thirty-six years earlier, Major Percy Fawcett (Alec Guinness) serves at the War Office in Cork County, Ireland, as a surveyor and mapmaker. He is called by the Royal Geographic Society for his skills to help map out the new border between Brazil and Bolivia, since the two are nearly at war. The RGS is to serve as a neutral party to establish a firm border.

    In Brazil, Fawcett and his assistant Corporal Henry Costin (Tom Courtenay) soon come across the perils of the jungle, including large snakes, large spiders and hostile natives. However, Fawcett manages to gain the trust of some tribes thanks to his gifts and comes to study and understand their ways.

    After his survey is complete, Fawcett comes across several documents in the Brazilian National Library from the Portuguese bandeirante João da Silva Guimarães, revealing a mysterious city in the modern region of Mato Grasso. While receiving a cool reception when proposing this to the RGS, he receives funding to continue studying the Amazon. He traces the source of the Rio Verde and the Heath River.

    In 1911, he manages to convince Colonel Henry Manley (Bernard Kay) and biologist James Murray (Ralph Richardson) to accompany him to the Peru-Brazilian border. The expedition is a disaster, with Murray completely unprepared for the perils of the jungles. Eventually, Fawcett is forced to send a sick Murray back to civilization. Murray lambasts Fawcett for abandoning him in the jungle.

    He puts his expeditions on hold to serve as an artillery officer in Flanders during World War I. After the war, he spends time with his family, including wife Nina (Julie Christie) and children Jack (Al Morrison*), Brian (Joey Sun*), and Joan (Autumn Weathers*).

    He tries to restart his expeditions to explore the basin, but despite support from his friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Claude Rains), who bases the character of George Challenger in his book The Lost World off of him, he fails to get much support from the RGS. However, he does get the support of several London based financiers to help support his mission. He attempts two more expeditions in the 1920’s, the first solo, and the second with Jack and his friend Ralph Ringam (Harry Anderson*), where he makes continued observations of the native tribes (despite numerous conflicts). Ultimately, despite the discovery of small pottery in some regions, Fawcett fails to find the city and can’t justify any more expeditions.

    Part II

    In 1938, Fawcett lives in relative obscurity, working with his son Brian on a series of memoirs about his explorations, when he is approached by a member of the Brazilian embassy in London, inviting him to an audience with key members of the Integralist government to restart his search for Z. The embassy member explains that the Integralists had read about his expeditions and his lost city, and want his help in finding this city for their cause

    In front of Christiano (IS Johar), Fawcett manages to convince them that there is merit to the idea, though Christiano makes it clear that it is to justify their ideology and national mythology. Fawcett, though reaching 70, decides to take the help to find his city and restore his reputation.

    Fawcett decides to take just Jack (Costin and Brian decline), declining an entire regiment of Green Guards offered by the Integralists, and in 1940, the two head into the jungle.

    Fawcett immediately experiences trouble with low supplies, especially after they lose most of it in river flooding. Fawcett pens one final letter to his wife and Brian while at a camp, before heading into the jungle with Jack. They reach the Kalapalo, who note that Percy, in his advanced age, appears ill.

    They get lost in the jungle, and slowly grow erratic at the loss of civilization. The two narrowly survive a Comintern-PanAmerican bombing raid.

    Percy finally succumbs to malaria, telling Jack to complete his mission in finding the lost city.

    Jack wanders the jungle for days after his death, finally reaching the Bolivia-Brazil border marked by his father 30 years earlier and following it. Eventually, he is shot by Jose and Maria.
    Jack’s body is exported back to Britain, where he is given a proper burial with Nina, Brian, Joan, and Costin in attendance. Nina is informed by Costin that until the war is over, they will be unable to mount a search for Percy’s body. She is last seen heading into a greenhouse in their home.


    Notes:

    • Noted as the “anti-Lawrence” (in reference to Lean’s previous film, Lawrence of Arabia), because of the character’s ultimate failure
    • Conflates many incidents in Fawcett’s life (including his early expeditions), and downplays his racism, his alleged sympathy for the Integralist cause (and close affiliation with such in his final years) and his ill-equipped final journey.
     
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