From Russia With Love (1957) – Ian Fleming

This week I dove into Ian Fleming’s fifth James Bond novel, and the one that was most closely adapted for the big screen, though SPECTRE is slipped into the film version, whereas in this tale it is simply east versus west as SMERSH, the Russian spy organisation comes up with a plan to humiliate the…

Diamonds Are Forever (1956) – Ian Fleming

The fourth James Bond adventure by Ian Fleming is on my book shelf this week, and I dug into it eagerly. Despite some troubling moments of racism, 007’s literary adventure in this book is damned enjoyable, and you can see a number of themes and locales survived the jump to the big screen with Sean…

You Only Live Twice (1967) – Lewis Gilbert

When I decided to tuck into the literary world of James Bond, and decided to read the original novels, I realised that there I hadn’t covered almost half of the films for the blog, so I figured for every Bond novel I read,I would watch one of the Bond films I haven’t written about before….

Doctor Who (Patrick Troughton) – The Underwater Menace

  The first Patrick Troughton story that has film intact so I can finally see Doctor number two in action!! Geoffrey Orme wrote this four part story that aired from 14 January to 4 February, 1967. Returning to Earth, the TARDIS arrives on a volcanic island, where the Doctor (Troughton), Jamie (Frazer Hines), Polly (Anneke…

From Russia With Love (1963) – Terence Young

  Anyone who knows me, knows that I love the Bond films, so it was really no surprise to me that a number of them would start to pop up the further I got into the 101 Action Movies list. Of the early James Bond films, From Russia With Love is closest to the source…