SAMLA Conference: From Russia With Love at 60

This year’s SAMLA Conference takes place between November 3-5 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia and this year, the topic is ‘From Russia with Love At 60: Serious Spy novel or popular escapism?‘. Once again Oliver Buckton chairs the event, which proves to be a classic. Friday November 3 10:00AM-11:30AM Elyn Achtymichuk, University of Saskatchewan…

Len Deighton with Mike Ripley

Mike Ripley’s ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’

KISS KISS, BANG BANG is a reader’s history of the boom in British thrillers 1953-1975 (roughly, Casino Royale to The Eagle Has Landed), a period when Britain lost an Empire, was demoted in terms of global power and status and was economically crippled by debt yet its fictional spies, secret agents, soldiers, sailors and even (occasionally)…

The Spy Who Remained in the Cold or OSS117 vs. 007

Article by David Craggs. Much has been written about Ian Lancaster Fleming. The enduring success of the world’s most famous secret agent has ensured that his creator continues to generate unprecedented scrutiny. We have had esteemed biographies. A book about his life in Jamaica. Two screen biopics – with another rumoured to be under development and…