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November 18 2014

Christoph Waltz to Join Cast of Upcoming James Bond Film

Christoph Waltz has confirmed that he will be joining the cast of the upcoming and currently-untitled Bond 24 film. It is still uknown whether the two-time Oscar winner will be playing an ally...
November 9 2014

Fresh Meat: The Art of Robert E. McGinnis by Robert E. McGinnis and Art Scott

The Art of Robert E. McGinnis by Robert E. McGinnis and Art Scott is a coffee-table book that highlights the illustrious career of one of America's most recognizable artists (available November...
October 3 2014

Villains in Fact and Fiction

The world changed seismically for thrillers on 9/11.  All of a sudden, the dastardly plots and cunning villains that had been a staple of the genre dating back to Ian Fleming had been outdone...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
September 23 2014

Miss Marple: “A Caribbean Mystery”

When can murder be an almost pleasant event? When Miss Marple is on the case. This time she’s on the Caribbean island of St. Honoré for her rheumatism, vacationing at a small hotel...
September 14 2014

Mossad as Superspy: Is the Myth Slipping?

I’ve run across an interesting piece by Nathan Abrams, Professor of Film Studies at Bangor (UK) University, on The Conversation website (“a collaboration between editors and academics...
August 1 2014

Back to the Beginning: Call for the Dead by John LeCarré

“Short, fat, and of a quiet disposition, he appeared to spend a lot of money on really bad clothes, which hung about his squat frame like skin on a shrunken toad.” That tag at the start...
July 18 2014

Pulling Up a Seat from Shakespeare to Sherlock: London’s New Literary Benches

From Shakespeare to Sherlock, Hercule Poirot to James Bond, London has always had a rich literary history. And now you can sit on it! Thanks to The National Literacy Trust, along with its public...
June 10 2014

Slate Nailed It: YA and Detective Fiction Are for Rubes

An article in Slate by Ruth Graham that appeared last week decrying the popularity of YA fiction among adult readers has created quite the backlash from other media forums (including to name a few,...
May 4 2014

The Impossible Crimes of Thomas Banacek

Banacek came along just a bit before my time. When it began airing again on cable recently, the name rang a bell, but that's all. I'm pretty sure I didn't watch it back in the day—at...
Crime HQ
April 22 2014

Brosnan a Bad Bond? At Least an Insecure One. (Yes, Even as Remington Steele!)

From The Telegraph: “I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery],” he says, “It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence...
Crime HQ
March 7 2014

For Daniel Craig, One Car Is Not Enough

It seems as if there are certain perks that come with being James Bond, and we're not just talking about the women, gadgets, and suave one-liners. As if all that wasn't enough, listen to...
March 1 2014

Fresh Meat: Zero Volume 1: An Emergency by Ales Kot

Zero Volume 1: An Emergency by Ales Kot and illustrated by various artists is a collection of five comics that follow Edward Zero, the top spy for The Agency who learns he's been working for the...
Crime HQ
December 30 2013

Will You Watch Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond?

Sure, we teased it last July, but here's the full trailer for the upcoming 4-part dramatic miniseries to air next month, beginning January 29th. According to BBC America: The new original...
July 2 2013

Fleming, Ian Fleming

You ever wonder what it would be like if authors lived the lives of there characters? If Lee Child was really a physically imposing ex-MP out to right wrongs efficiently and quickly? Or maybe if...
June 13 2013

James Bond and the Original Ms. Galore

James Bond is many things. He is a spy, a object of feminie desire, a stone cold killer... and a kitten lover. Who knew that Sean Connery, arguably one of the fan favorite Bonds, loved cuddling...
Crime HQ
February 15 2013

Go-Go-Gadget at Apple?

They say art imitates life and it looks like the two may be converging again now that Apple is coming up with its next big project—wearable technology. It seems like something out of Inspector...
February 15 2013

Where in the World?: Thailand Makes for Perfect Crime Film Backdrop

When it comes to eye-popping landscapes and city streets that evoke exotic, deadly intrigue, Hollywood’s go-to country for Asian locations may very well be Thailand. The kingdom boasts a...
February 1 2013

Literary Intelligence: Writers as Spies

Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy was my first brush with the notion that writers were spies. At nine I was Harriet, furiously scribbling in my notebook as I peered under gates and through knot-holed...
Crime HQ
January 2 2013

Keep Out: Evil Geniuses at Work

Question:  How did the creators of Skyfall, the latest James Bond film, come up with the idea for villain Raoul Silva’s spooky abandoned city lair? Answer: They didn’t make...
Crime HQ
November 14 2012

But Q Frowns Upon Promiscuous Gadgetry

There is nothing to add save our thanks, Mad Magazine.
Crime HQ
November 12 2012

Double-Barrel Bond

Skyfall hit theaters this week, and almost immediately we began seeing people saying “Bond says he has a rifle, but it’s clearly a double-barreled shotgun.” Well, no. Actually, it’s...
Crime HQ
November 4 2012

Uncovering Doctor No

As you know, October 5th was Global James Bond Day, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the theatrical premiere of Dr. No. (You did know that, right?) The book itself was released in March 1958, which...
October 19 2012

Two Trailers for the Price of One: Skyfall & Jack Reacher

Not only do we get a new trailer for the upcoming James Bond film Skyfall, but we also have a new, slightly more in-depth look at Tom Cruise’s take on Jack Reacher. Giveth and taketh and all that,...
October 6 2012

Happy Birthday, James Bond!

Fifty years ago yesterday, James Bond’s first film incarnation hit the silver screen. He has captivated audiences in almost 25 films since then. In honor of that day, October 5 (the day Dr. No...
Crime HQ
September 11 2012

Global Bond-ing

October 5, 2012, is Global James Bond Day, marking the 50th anniversary of the first screening of Dr. No—the movie that launched a glorious film franchise.   To celebrate . . . The...
August 16 2012

The Resurrection Factor

“When is a door not a door? When it’s ajar.” A simple riddle that I heard the first time I think on Doctor Who. Applying the same premise to literature we could just as well ask, “When...
Crime HQ
May 23 2012

Daniel Craig in First James Bond Skyfall Trailer!

He’s neither shaken nor stirred in this trailer, but James Bond is certainly ready for any mission ahead. We got all bubbly inside just listening to Daniel Craig. Watch and enjoy this first...
Crime HQ
May 7 2012

What If Hitchcock Had Directed James Bond?

Over at the endlessly fascinating Letters of Note, they have a telegram from Ian Fleming to Eric Ambler, asking Ambler to see whether his friend Alfred Hitchcock might be interested in directing the...
March 14 2012

Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem Bond on Set

We all have our favorite Bond, but for me, mostly not being old enough to have enjoyed Connery in his heyday, Bond has always been Daniel Craig. (I don’t care what anyone says, I never liked Pierce...
Leslie Gilbert Elman
February 6 2012

Bond in Motion: Getting Around in High Spy Style

It’s been 50 years since Sean Connery sauntered onto the screen as James Bond in Dr. No, and for 50 years we’ve been captivated by the way Bond gets around. The sauntering remains spectacular,...