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When in the monastery in Azerbaijan the position of Electra's scarf and hair changes between shots. In the scene where the doctor is telling the staff of MI6 about Renard, she says the bullet is moving through the medulla oblongata which is located in the neck below the left ear. However, Renard was shot in the head above his eyebrow, and in the hologram, it shows the bullet was moving straight into the middle of his brain.
When Bond is under attack at the caviar factory the first time a bridge is blown up he falls backwards twice in two different shots. Pierce Brosnan's hair fluctuates in length noticeably throughout the film, most noticeably between walking down the path at King's funeral and moments later at the debrief at the MI6 Scottish Headquarters. In the opening scene in the bankers office, the henchman comes in and places the suitcase on the desk and opens it so Bond can check the cash inside. Minutes later when Bond makes his escape out the window, the suitcase is on the floor, locked - very convenient.
When M is imprisoned and is being spoken to by Robert Carlyle she is wearing a multi-coloured scarf which is draped over her left shoulder and down the left side of her body. When Carlyle leaves the room M turns around and walks towards the bed. The camera angle is reversed and she's not wearing the scarf. Later it is shown lying across the bed. In the ski-scene, Bond and Elektra start well above the tree line. Even when they stop to look at a stretch of the pipeline they are obviously high above the treeline.
At the instant the motorgliders appear they are well below the treeline. At the end of the boat chase we see the tide is out at the Millennium Dome and the boat gets beached, but when the girl exits the boat the tide is in and completely surrounds the boat, with no time for this to happen. When the boat jumps over the road in the chase, it goes straight over the road and into the alley. However, in the next shot, it is driving through the alley, and passes behind a bus that wasn't in any of the previous shots.
When Bond has his gun pointed at Renard's head just before Christmas comes in at the bomb place, the gun is in the centre of Renard's head. Then the shot suddenly changes to a more zoomed out shot and the gun is pointed slightly to the left of Renard's head. In the nuclear decommissioning facility, when the Colonel, the soldier and Dr. Jones come down, the soldier hands the Colonel an AKS However, when Renard shoves the picture of Dr.
Arkov in the Colonel's chest, he doesn't have the AKS anymore, we can see he's not holding it because the Colonel holds the picture with two hands. After Renard grasps Bond's shoulder and walks back, he says "Without further interruptions" you can see another soldier holding the AKS The Colonel is holding a Makarov when he orders the terrorists back to the surface.
When James Bond attacks the man at the casino bar, he stabs his tie on the board. There's a shot where you can see the knife stuck in the board, but the tie has disappeared. When Bond first hits the water at the beginning of the Thames chase, the sky is very cloudy.
A few shots later, in the overhead shot, it's blue skies and sunshine. In the scene of the boat chase, Bond smashes the machine gun holder, and some parts fall on to the Cigar Girl. When the camera goes back to the girl there are no parts on her. When the pipe blows up, why does it blow up in three sections at the same time? Also, I might be wrong, but when we see the explosion it looks like a straight section of pipe, but when Bond and Jones are walking around afterwards, it's clearly a curved section that blew up. Throughout the whole boat scene, Bond's little speedboat has a roof on it, but, when he goes up the ramp to jump onto the hot air balloon, the roof is gone so he can jump out.
When did it come off? Right at the beginning of the film when Bond is trying to escape from the banker's office, he goes to the window and tucks his gun into his waistband. He then runs to the body lying on the other side of the office, and tucks it into his waistband again.
When Bond's in the chair having his neck broken, between two shots the handles change position. Also, at one point we hear that the woman turns the handles a bit, but in the next shot they haven't moved. When Elektra and Renard meet again in Istanbul and he hands her the plutonium and they stand face to face, there is a classic mis-edit: in the closeup - she looks down towards her hands holding the item then the camera directly cuts to a broader view and she's looking up at him.
When Bond shoots Renard in Kazakstan the bullet hits Renard's arm. Later when Renards is moving towards the elevator you can clearly see that his arm is undamaged. In the warehouse sequence Bond is taking cover from gun fire and yells to Zukovsky and Christmas "Get Out! A helicopter cuts though the building his in and he drops down to protect himself he's in the same place and he's holding another gun possibly an UZI Then a couple of scenes later drops down on two bad guys and shoots them with his P In the scene where Bond has the X-ray specs he looks at a man who has a pistol and a knife in his pockets to the left, and over his right shoulder is a semi-automatic pistol.
He confronts the man and both the knife and pistol are taken out, but the semi isn't seen again. In Zuckovsky's casino, the barman is not visible in one shot when James Bond is disarming the guard. We see Pierce Brosnan taking off his jacket, but the colour of his shirt changes between shots from a blue colour to a lighter shade, then back again.
At the end of the pursuit scene, the boat of the "cigar" girl stops on the bank of the Thames in front of the Millenium Dome. But it's completely in the water in one shot when Bond's boat passes over it, and it seems to be moored. When Q shows the boat to Bond, it looks much more damaged than at the end of the pursuit scene, when it landed relatively gently in water.
When Bond gets his X-ray glasses for the first time, he puts them on and looks down at R.
In the next shot, his head is up again. When they're looking at the computer model of Renard's head just after the doctor says "medulla oblongata" , count the pings. The first two times we hear one, a slight pause, then 3 close together, with corresponding green pointers on the image, then a higher pitched one on the green box. However, the third time after "than any normal man" there's no initial ping with pause, just the 3 close together. Then just as we're expecting the higher one we cut to a shot of M, and we hear another middle beep before the final one. The sequence starts again, we cut back to the model in the middle of it, and we get an extra beep again, plus see that the beeps are now completely out of sync with bits of the model being illuminated.
When Bond puts on the x-ray specs while talking to "R", he glances downwards just after saying "improved specs? When James Bond is in the process of being tortured by a woman again, not giving too much away , she takes off her right ear-ring to reveal a damaged ear lobe. About seconds later, the ear-ring is back on her ear without her having replaced it.
In the first scene, when Bond has a gun to the Swiss banker's head, in the first shot Bond's got his gun pressed right up to the guy's neck. However, when it cuts, the gun is a couple of inches from the banker's face. When they're loading the submarine, and Renard is being kissed, from behind his lips are pushed forward, but when we see his face he's trying to pull back. When Bond first meets Renard he points his Walther P99 at him which clearly is not modified with a threaded barrel, however later in the same scene he is somehow able to attach a suppressor.
When the two speedboats approach each other near the Millennium Dome, their positions in the aerial shot do not match the positions shown on the GPS screen. At the end of the boat chase, when the Cigar Girl blows up the balloon, you see Bond rolling down the building; all his hair is wild and uncombed. When he grabs the wire and stops, his hair is nicely combed down and a few hairs in front are a little wild. At the end of the boat chase, when Cigar Girl's Sunseeker boat hits the shore below the Dome, it is clearly low tide. The boat beaches quite a way short of the river wall.
Seconds later when Bond's boat jumps over the Sunseeker, it is clearly high tide and the Sunseeker's bow is now touching the river wall. When Bond is speaking with M in her office, he sets down his drink a fair distance from the "stolen report". An immediate close-up shows the drink within a couple of inches of the report. During the caviar factory scene, you see the helicopter hovering above Bond's BMW.
The helicopter has the blades suspended beneath it, but when Bond destroys the helicopter, the blades are no longer there. When M is in the tower and talking with Renard, the position of the sash on her shoulder changes between shots. When he reaches the Maiden's Tower and places his gun on the desk it's now a Colt When Bond and Renard first come face-to-face at the silo, Bond puts his pistol on Renard's temple. When the camera cuts on Renard's line, "I did spare your life at the banker's office," the gun has changed position to Renard's forehead. In the first scene where Bond has Renard at gun point, his positioning of the gun moves throughout the different shots.
When Bond skis over the top of the para-hawk, and "slices" the parachute open, this scene is filled with errors. First of all, in the initial shot, his trajectory is way off, and he completely misses the parachute. Second of all, it cuts to a shot where the ski slices the parachute open, and the hole it makes is a long, wide hole. When it cuts to the next shot, there is only a very small, round hole in the chute, and the edge of the parachute is also frayed, despite Bond having done nothing to the edge of the parachute.
In the Swiss banker's office at the beginning, Bond is handed a receipt. Later in the MI6 castle in Scotland he brings the receipt out of his pocket and it is once again A4. Just before the parahawks give chase the camera looks down at the snow where Bond stands and there is no mark from his ski as if he was lowered to that location by helicopter before filming was started.
Despite running and jumping for her life, traveling at over 70mph, tumbling head over heels, and several massive explosions during the nuclear factory and pipeline sequences , Dr. Jones' hair remains pinned up in a French twist with nary a strand out of place. This is particularly glaring considering near the end of the film, the impact of an explosion finally does knock her hair loose. During the pursuit on the Thames, the Millennium Dome is near to the river but when Bond looks at the GPS screen, the building is not so close.
In Bond's barrel roll in the film's beginning chase sequence, the stunt driver's helmet is seen. During the boat chase, after the boat hits the passanger jetty a camera on a boom can be seen on a boat as the boat speeds away. DVD Widescreen Version. The shadow of the camera crane is visible when Bobby's car breaks down. A remote head camera crane is visible during the opening boat chase as the lead speedboat destroys the pier on left-hand bank, the wide shot reveals crane in the top left corner.
The protesters at the church are waving Hungarian flags, not Azerbaijani ones. During the opening boat chase, the route actually taken through London's Isle of Dogs does not match the route displayed on Bond's on-board computer map. Further, the boats come out of what is, in reality, a dead end. The real name of this agency is Minatom. Jones claims that six kilos of plutonium is not enough to make a bomb, yet the "fat man" bomb dropped on Nagasaki contained six kilos of plutonium. Renard's file says that the bullet traveling through his brain is in the medulla oblongata, thus killing his senses.
This area of the brain controls basic functions such as breathing and heart rate, not the sensory perceptions. Even if the villains would cause the submarine reactor to overheat and be destroyed by a meltdown, this would produce rather small amounts of contamination, especially since it takes place under water. Istanbul would not at all need to be evacuated, which foils the entire plan. Numerous scientific liberties taken regarding radioactive substances and nuclear reactors.
It is extremely difficult to move a limb that is devoid of feeling, and a man who has no sensation anywhere in his body would need to learn how to move all over again; he would likely move very stiffly and awkwardly, and we don't see that. The depiction of the submarine's nuclear propulsion facilities is complete fantasy. The notion that a submarine would have a smelting facility for shaping fuel rods is nonsense; refueling operations happen at port, less than a handful of times during the lifetime of the sub, not ad hoc underway.
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And where would they get the raw material for smelting? Also, a Victor III submarine has a VM-4P pressurized water reactor which cannot be opened and remain operating as shown as this lets out the water in the reactor vessel which is essential for it to function; the nuclear reaction stops when no water is present. Any operation such as depicted would scald, burn and heavily irradiate anyone trying, guaranteeing their immediate death.
Renard's file states that the bullet is traveling through his 'Medulla Oblongata'. This is actually the part of the brain at the lower part of the brain stem therefore towards the back and the furthest point down of the brain. When we see the 3D image of Renard's head and brain we can see that the bullet is actually traveling through the left side, at the front of the brain within the top portion of the brain, this section is actually the Frontal Lobe or Cerebral Hemisphere and nowhere near the Medulla Oblongata.
King can't be a terribly good engineer. He's built his oil pipeline over a glacier. Glaciers flow. The pipeline would break within a year. A saw designed for cutting tree branches would have no success in cutting through steel as shown in the destruction of Bond's BMW.
With teeth so large to cut through steel would require an enduring substance unknown to mankind plus an extremely forceful propulsion. In the scene where James is being told why Robert Carlisle's character is so deadly no pain etc. This is part of the brain is responsible for control of breathing and the heart - you can't survive a bullet there In the opening boat chase scene, when Bond takes the Q-boat ashore at high speed and hurtles through city streets, we see that his hands are still steering the Q-boat, even though there's no external means of steering the boat on dry land.
We get a good look at the Q-boat's keel a couple of times, and it has no wheels nor other steering mechanism aside from its jet-ski nozzle, which would be useless for steering on dry land. Its twin rocket thrusters, which are both firing in the street sequence, provide only forward thrust. At Valentin's Caviar factory, one of the lumbering choppers cuts through Bond's car. It is obvious that saw blades cutting through metal cause a high volume of sparks. Yet as the saws cut, the car is simply split in half down the middle, and falls apart. This would have ignited the gas tank, and the car would have exploded.
Not to mention all the modifications Q has made to the car, with rockets and other explosive goodies. Different name, same friendly service," or something to that effect. What it really stands for is Federalnaya Sluzhba Bezopasnosti. If he'd said the name correctly in English, he would've said "Federal Security Service," the FSB's official English name and that appears on all of its translated literature.
Had a character unfamiliar with the FSB Mr. Bullion, Electra, Bond, Christmas, and possibly even Renard made this same flub, it would've been understandable. However, Valentin knows the FSB so well that he can apparently just waltz into a foreign headquarters building with whoever he wants.
If he knows them that well, he's flat out not going to make so simple a mistake. When Christmas and Bond are on the rigs in the pipeline and are supposedly moving at about 70mph their hair only move about a little bit and very little flapping of the clothes.
Bond submerges Q's 'fishing boat' in the opening chase scene in order to pass underneath a closed drawbridge. However, there is no windscreen on the boat; submerging the boat at that speed would cause tear the roof off completely, or cause the driver's compartment to act as a huge water scoop and create massive drag. After the explosion in the pipeline Christmas says: "the world's greatest terrorist running around with 6 kilos of plutonium. Seconds earlier she asks "Why leave this half" and pulls out the other half of the plutonium from her bag.
She lifts it with the tip of her fingers as if the container weighs no more than a pound. You can definitely not lift 6 kg with such a casual hand movement, and no significant weight change is visible in the bag. When the oil pipeline blows up we see 5 distinct explosions coming from 3 different places but there was only 1 bomb. Furthermore there is way to much fire for it to be a high-explosive detonation.
Further to another submitted mistake, your sense of touch, which Renard is supposed to have lost, is largely made possible by the parietal lobe which is located at the top back area of the brain. Not only is the bullet in Renard's head shown to be nowhere near this section it's also nowhere near the stated medulla oblongata section which is at the bottom of the brain.
Bond fires two torpedoes against the other speed boat on the Thames. They both hit, but in the next clip only the rear end of the boat is burning slightly. That must be some very weak torpedoes if a fiberglass boat is not completely destroyed by them. In the scene where Zukovsky is almost drowning in caviar he lies very deep - only the top of his face above the surface.
The depth of a body in a liquid depends on the proportions between the density of the body and the liquid. For example in the Dead Sea, with its high salt content, the water has a high density, so a body floats higher than in fresh water. Caviar must have a quite high density too - probably as high as the water in the Dead Sea, since it tastes quite salt too. So if a person was floating in caviar, he would not go as deep down as Zukovsky does in that scene.
That looks more like how deep he would go in fresh water. When the pipeline explodes it is clear during the explosion that it is mostly fire coming from the pipeline. There is no spray of earth or other debris. But afterwards Bond and Christmas are walking through a huge crater. Where and when did the earth get displaced, if it was not thrown up in the actual explosion? In the scene where Bond is watching the screen showing the bomb going through the pipeline, he asks for the distance the bomb has to travel and how fast it is going.
Bond is told the bomb "is miles from the terminal, going 70 mph. At 70 mph 1. When James Bond and Christmas Jones were in the pipeline, they were going at great speed, so when the robot explodes, why does the explosion suddenly stop? When Bond is in the little boat and nosedives it underwater to avoid whatever it was he was avoiding, he appears to be travelling at fairly high speed.
With no windshield or such a small one , the force of the water hitting him in the face should have knocked his head off or at least broken his neck. During the boat chase, the part when Bond jumps the boat through London Canoeing Club shed was filmed in the canal at Tobacco Wharf in London. This is not actually the home of the L.
Across from this in real life is a road and then a dead end yet once Bond hits the road he finds himself in what appears to be Camden Fish market. Bilbao is in the Basque Country, which has its own police force, the Ertzaintza, that is independent from the Spanish National Police. When the police burst into the Swiss banker's flat, it is the Ertzaintza who enters, with their traditional red caps. However, when Bond is walking away, the police cars that are going towards the crime scene belong to the Spanish National Police, which has no jurisdiction in the Basque Country.
To travel the distance in the time that it takes him you would need to be going at about mph. In the final battle, Bond shoots up the dive controls of the submarine and it dives vertically down, straight into the bottom of the Bosporus. The sub is said to be a Victor-III that is about meters long.
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The Bosporus around Istanbul, however, is only about 50 meters deep, so the rest of the sub would have stuck out of the water, not be fully submerged as shown. In the boat scene at the beginning, the route is completely impossible. James Bond drives out from several dead ends. When Bond and Christmas are inside the oil pipeline there are lights in the 'ceiling'. Why would there be lights inside an oil pipe? It also sounds dangerous. Renard is supposed to be stronger than the average person because he cannot feel pain.
There are people born with this problem; it's called "CIP," and they are not super-strong. Most die in childhood because they cannot feel injuries. Lepers suffer similar problems because they lose sensation. As a plot point, it's pretty weak, even ignoring the other posts which explain that the location of the bullet would not cause such an effect. At the beginning of the film, when Bond is in Swiss bank in Spain , while reviewing the statement of account, the account listed is for "Sir Robert King", but the banker addresses him as Mr.
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Bond must be authorized to collect the money. Which goes terribly wrong… because the child he snatches is not only the wrong victim, but a diabetic who may die without insulin.
The 16th novel from this prolific, sometimes lyrical, sometimes bonkers pulp crime writer, and — with A Hell of a Woman , published the year before, and his earlier books The Killer Inside Me and Savage Night — one of his best. Eventually, he and his fellow telepaths are discovered… so they flee to the Fringes, where they encounter mutants scraping by in a primitive fashion. Can they make it there? Of course they should read it sixth, as the author intended. But is Day telling the truth?
During a war between the inner planets and the outer satellites, the Nomad , a merchant spaceship, is destroyed; the only survivor, a directionless loser named Gully Foyle, is cast adrift. The original LARP? Eager was a huge fan of E. Yes, this is The Prisoner of Zenda in space; hokey material, but Heinlein handles it very well.
Fun fact: Serialized in Astounding Science Fiction and published in hardcover the same year. Flying to the Middle East, however, they narrowly escape being blown up. Eventually, Tintin and Haddock learn that Sheikh Bab El Ehr is backed by an oddly familiar businessman, the Marquis di Gorgonzola, who offers transport to African Muslims on the pilgrimage to Mecca… and then sells them into slavery. En route to Mecca, their sambuk is attacked by fighter planes; they shoot one down, and rescue its pilot — Piotr Skut, an Estonian mercenary.
All of which is just a build-up to their discovery of a shipload of slaves! Greg and Nina wind up working together… against domestic saboteurs, traitors, and other villains. When the golden strangers — fair-haired Celts, from the continent, bearing metal weapons — attempt to invade, Garroch kills their leader and takes his daughter, Isca, as his bride.
Or is Isca, a woman to be reckoned with, manipulating him for purposes of her own? Whose gods, and way of life, will triumph?
Treece is best known today for his juvenile historical novels, particularly those set in the Viking age. His other novel, The Great Captains , is one of the more original retellings of the Arthurian mythos. In this updating of J. Which kills off the cattle, as well. With their families in tow, John Custance and his friend, Roger Buckley, make their way across a savage, chaotic England.
It was adapted, under that title, as a British-American science fiction movie directed by Cornel Wilde. The harsh, exhausted, half-crazed Patch has stayed aboard, or so he claims, in order to prove that the ship was deliberately sabotaged, by its owners, in order to collect insurance on cargo that had secretly been off-loaded at Rangoon.
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Patch needs help running the ship aground on rocks to the south of the Channel Islands. Although doing so will void his salvage claim, and although Sands decides to help. When they return to London, Patch is brought before a board of inquiry to determine what happened. Thriller author Eric Ambler wrote the screenplay. He discovers that Earthlings once traveled the stars, only to be forced back to their planet by aliens; and once offworld, Alvin discovers civilizations and entities that beggar belief.
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Who among the commandos is a double agent? And which double agent is triple agent? In the near future of , nuclear fallout from World War III has eradicated all human and animal life in the Northern Hemisphere, and air currents are steadily carrying the same fate to the Southern Hemisphere. Perhaps someone is still alive? Moira, meanwhile, copes by drinking heavily. Peter Holmes, an Australian scientist, cannot persuade his wife to believe in the impending disaster. Another member of the submarine crew, Osborne, spends all of his time driving a racecar.
As the radiation reaches Melbourne, how will each character face his or her final moments? Unwilling to believe the worst of her, Jackson enlists the help of his twin brother, Goldy, a con artist and heroin addict who masquerades as a nun! There are shootings, stabbings, and acid flinging; and some great chase scenes. Coffin and Gravedigger, who play much more central roles in later installments of this series, play only a minor role in this one.
Fun fact: Chester Himes spent eight years in prison for armed robbery, as a young man; in middle age, he moved to Paris and rubbed elbows with Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Ishmael Reed, and other expats. An unidentified silver object appears in the center of the literally sleepy English village of Midwich; and its population is rendered insensible. Their eyes are golden, their skin so pale its silvery. Also, a child with your name died in that town, years ago. Why does the town drunk remember the town the way Ted does?
Who are the incorporeal Wanderers haunting the town? Although he struggles to make sense of these eerie incongruities, before long Ted finds himself in the midst of a cosmic struggle stretching far beyond Virginia or even Earth. Stranger things, indeed. The title refers to a Bible passage First Corinthians which the author would deploy again, for perhaps his best novel: A Scanner Darkly.
An inspired midcentury installment in the most romantic of Adventure sub-genres, the protagonists of which seek a passionate life not afforded by an enlightened, modern, rationalized social order. Later, Sal and Dean drive to New Orleans, then back to San Francisco — in search of kicks and a religious-isn exaltation which Kerouac was among the first to call Beat. What does it all mean? Whether 40, feet above the Yalu River, or in fighter pilot bars and hotels on the ground, he wages a battle for his own soul. Is winning everything… or is it all about how you play the game? Flying becomes an existentialist test of character.
Fun fact: Considered one of the best flying novels of all time. Adapted in as a movie starring Robert Mitchum and Robert Wagner. Her much younger husband, whom she tricked into marrying her and keeps on a short leash? The town lawyer? The slutty big-band singer? The heroin-addicted teenage girl? Fun fact: Adapted as an indie neo-noir film, in , by Maggie Greenwald.
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Fun facts: The book was adapted by Carol Reed as a movie of the same title starring Alec Guinness. The Big Time is a far-out example of what I have elsewhere called the Crackerjack sub-genre of adventure — in which consummate professionals team up for a common purpose. An immediate predecessor is, for example, The Guns of Navarone . Here, however, our crackerjacks are ten warriors from various eras of Earth and non-Earth history: e. Each of these characters was snatched out of his or her own time at the moment of his or her death, and shanghaied into the service of alien factions — known colloquially as the Spiders and the Snakes — who send them into battles across time and space, in an ongoing effort to alter the course of history.
Here, characters fall in and out of love, make speeches, and… deal with a time bomb set ticking by a saboteur! Fun fact: Originally serialized in Galaxy March—Aril The terrific Hasbro boardgame Heroscape — seems directly influenced by this book. While scaling a cliff face, Haddock slips and nearly kills Tintin; then, they lose their tent.
Is this the end of the Tintin saga? Having entered an advertising jingle writing contest on a lark, high-schooler Kip Russell wins a functional, but obsolete spacesuit. At which point, a UFO materializes. Fun fact: During World War II, Heinlein was a civilian aeronautics engineer working at a laboratory where pressure suits were being developed for use at high altitudes. In his debut outing, we meet Colonel Charles Russell — chief of the Special Executive, a fictional British counterintelligence service; the man who gives orders to field agents, that is to say; he is not himself an agent.
William Nichol, who directs a project developing a secretive nuclear fission process known as Slow Burner. Why are epsilon rays — the signature emission of the Slow Burner process — emanating from a suburban home outside London? Charlie Percival-Smith, a disavowable third party, is brought in to investigate…. Fun facts: Colonel Russell would go on to feature in a further 24 novels.
Just be careful to avoid the many post-Peyo Smurfs comics. Fun facts: Peyo introduced the Smurfs in Spirou magazine, to which he contributed the series Johan and Peewit — The Smurfs got their own story in , and were an immediate hit with readers. Why is their world made of plastic and steel? What lies beyond the jungle? Except for his naive young ward, the Friday- or Caliban- like Miguel, and a cat, Robinson is the sole inhabitant of the remote atoll; in fact, he owns it. The island is a perplexing dreamscape, full of strange sounds and sights; its inhabitants misunderstand each other; items are stolen; and January and Robinson argue about Catholicism; she is a recent convert, he has left the church.
Then, Robinson disappears — leaving behind blood-stained clothes. Has he been murdered? If so, which of the remaining four characters might have wanted him dead? The reader is left to ask: Whose story is this? And if he succeeds in doing so, will he ever be able to return to his peaceful family life? Fun fact: This is the first in a series of 27 Matt Helm novels. Not to be confused with the sardonic Matt Helm movies starring Dean Martin. One of the greatest hunted-man adventures of all time!
Mild-mannered, reclusive zoologist Charles Dennim is sent a mail bomb — why? Dennim must use his wartime skills to stay one jump ahead of his equally capable foe; he goes to earth in the English countryside — but the hunt picks up again almost immediately. Fun fact: By the author of Rogue Male , one of the other greatest hunted-man adventures of all time. After languishing in obscurity for years, in Watcher in the Shadows was reissued by the British thriller reprint house Ostara. Pierre Raspeguy must transform a military unit accustomed to conventional warfare into one that can handle the challenge of defeating an insurgency.
It was adapted in as the movie Lost Command. One battle leads to another, and soon enough Sir Roger and his men are recruiting subjugated races to overthrow an empire. The second volume of the comic book series, serialized in published in book form, However, they discover that a cabal of golden sickle purveyors — put up to it by a bored Roman prefect — have created an artificial shortage, in order to drive prices up. Adapted as a movie with Aldo Ray and Henry Fonda. Not exactly an adventure, but this science fiction novel is a gripping read spanning thousands of years.
A sardonic inversion of the genre, in which a dissolute young Londoner is sent to Prague — supposedly, in order to discharge a debt to an unscrupulous moneylender. He infiltrates the Mayan slave laborers, who are mind-controlled by sounds recorded on magnetic tape — by the priestly caste — and embedded in books the famous Mayan calendar.
In addition to time travel, The Soft Machine circles around themes of media bombardment, sexuality, and out-of-body travel. Returning from a year mission, astronaut Hal Bregg returns to Earth — where nearly years have passed, due to time dilation.
THE EXPLORATION OF THE WORLD.
Hello, Demolition Man. Space exploration is now seen as youthful adventurism, too dangerous to continue. The bookstore resembled, instead, an electronic laboratory. The books were crystals with recorded contents. They can be read with the aid of an opton, which was similar to a book but had only one page between the covers.
At a touch, successive pages of the text appeared on it. Another passenger is a government Indian Affairs agent whose greed has left the Apaches half-starving… and who is carrying the money he has embezzled. Russell is shunned by the bigoted passengers, until the stagecoach is robbed, and a female passenger kidnapped.
Fun fact: Hombre was adapted, more or less faithfully, as a movie directed by Martin Ritt. Paul Newman played the title character. Elmore Leonard stopped writing for nearly a decade, after Hombre was published; he then resurfaced as a crime novelist. One of the most famous, and most infuriating science fiction books ever. Its premise is a promising one: Valentine Michael Smith, a human raised by cosmically wise Martians and endowed with psychic and telekinetic powers, is brought back to Earth — whose social, cultural, economic, sexual, and psychological customs he finds bewildering and strange.
With the aid of Jubal Harshaw, a Socrates-like philosopher, physician, lawyer, and sybarite, Smith becomes a controversial champion of free love, open-mindedness, and pacifism. The book became a cult hit later in the Sixties, for obvious reasons; however, it is firmly anchored in Fifties culture too.
The Rat falls in love with the master criminal — a beautiful, but sociopathic woman — and tries to reform her. The brilliant, independent female character is a sociopath, it turns out, because… she was born unattractive. Still, without Slippery Jim, would we have the charming rogue Han Solo? Chronologically, this is the fourth title in the series.
In their first outing, the Fantastic Four jet to Monster Isle, the source of subterranean attacks on atomic plants around the world. There, they discover that the Mole Man, who seeks revenge on humankind for having ridiculed him, plans to invade the surface world with an army of monsters! Fun fact: Lee and Kirby upended the superhero conventions of previous eras by eschewing secret identities, and allowing their characters to have real-life problems and interpersonal conflicts.
All of these are reasons to enjoy the book, which I do very much. Fun fact: The first edition featured beautiful illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. The first George Smiley adventure is an entertaining admixture of espionage and murder mystery.