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DavidCranmer
April 26 2017

Backgammon: “The Cruelest Game” in Film and Literature

Renowned gamesman Barclay Cooke (1912-1981) called backgammon “the cruelest game.” Memorable hyperbole? Perhaps. But vital skills are needed to play: intense concentration, clever strategy,...
CrimeHQ
November 1 2016

Who Is the Best Bond Villain?

7 actors and 26 films. The James Bond series has created a plethora of baddies over 54 years. From Dr. No to Spectre, James Bond has gone up against some of the toughest, most memorable villains...
JohnKeyseWalker
July 20 2016

Mysteries Set in the Caribbean

The golden sands, verdant hills, and crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea have called to authors since the age of piracy ended. Indeed, one of the first works set there, Robert Louis Stevenson’s...
ThomTruelove
June 6 2016

With All Your Might: The Lasting Obsession with WWII Thrillers and Alternate History Stories

The WWII thriller and alternate history set in the same period are small time machines. If Walter Benjamin’s famous quote is taken into account, “History is written by the victors,”...
AngieBarry
March 11 2016

The 12 Worst James Bond Films: A Feminist’s Take on the World’s Favorite Spy

Whenever I complain about the misogyny in a James Bond film, I'm inevitably told: “What do you expect? It's Bond.” The fact that this is said so matter-of-factly—it's...
CrimeHQ
March 11 2016

James Bond Vinyl Wall Clock

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young—meet Connery, Craig, Moore, and Brosnan.  Let Etsy user geoartcrafts upcycle all of those Perry Como Christmas albums you see at thrift stores into a truly...
CrimeHQ
March 8 2016

Who Is the Best James Bond?

When you think of spy movies, you inevitably think of Bond. James Bond. Ian Fleming’s 007 has been the quintessential spy character since his 1953 creation—complete with the coolest...
AngieBarry
March 4 2016

The 12 Best James Bond Films: A Feminist’s Take on the World’s Favorite Spy

My mother is still shocked that I enjoy James Bond. Partly because Bond has always been one of the ultimate male fantasies, a testosterone-and-martini-soaked wish-fulfillment on steroids. But...
CrimeHQ
March 2 2016

James Bond Book Art

Book. James Bond book. Everybody’s favorite secret agent can now be brazenly displayed on any bookshelf with this interesting and unique book art technique. Handmade to order from the Netherlands...
DavidCranmer
November 23 2015

Something’s Amis: Colonel Sun and its Place in the James Bond Series.

It’s the 1960’s, and as the James Bond franchise is in the midst of exploding onto the scene, the author and creator of 007, Ian Fleming, dies on August 12, 1964. While Goldfinger (1964),...
CrimeHQ
July 23 2015

“A Place With No Mercy”: Spectre Trailer

In the past, the villains of the James Bond universe have bordered on being one-dimensional, but some of the recent films have gone on the remedy that, and if Christoph Waltz's acting from...
DavidCranmer
July 17 2015

A Master Spy’s Final Showdown: Smiley’s People by John LeCarré

After Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1974), John LeCarré had secured his nook within literature as a leading master of the espionage genre. Then, like a ballplayer who knows he can drive one more...
DavidCranmer
April 20 2015

The Gadgetless and Tired Assassin: James Bond’s Short Stories

Every so often the caretakers of the James Bond movie franchise talk about getting back to author Ian Fleming’s original creation, distancing themselves from the outlandish stunts, gadgets, and...
CrimeHQ
April 7 2015

James Bond’s Secret Past: Teaser Trailer for Spectre

After James Bond (Daniel Craig) receives a cryptic message from his past, he embarks on a trail to uncover a sinister organization dubbed Spectre. Slated to hit theaters on November 6th, Spectre...
CrimeHQ
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...
JonLand
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...
DavidCranmer
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...
JoeBrosnan
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...
CrimeHQ
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...
CrimeHQ
September 27 2013

Nominees and Winners of the 2013 CWA Dagger Awards!

The Crime Writers’ Association announced the shortlists for the remaining three CWA 2013 Daggers. The winners will be announced October 24th, at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2013.     The...
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...
michaels42
April 24 2013

Secretaries’ (aka Administrative Professionals’) Day: Mystery Edition

Philip Marlowe might not have had a secretary, but Sam Spade knew better. Who else do you trust to bring you the dingus but your loyal secretary? Who else can you depend on to fend off inconvenient...
ChristopherCox
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...
RosBarber
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...
JenniferProffitt
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...
ColinCampbell
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...
CrimeHQ
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...
CrimeHQ
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...