Ladies’ Night Vol. 3 – Claudine Auger in Triple Cross

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Ladies’ Night Vol. 3 featuring Claudine Auger in Triple Cross.

In the conversations about the most iconic Bond girls, Claudine Auger gets shortchanged. You start off with Ursula Andress. The first lady of Bond. The white bikini. Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore comes up. Daniela Bianchi, of course, because if you’re a #Bond_age_ fan you’ve heard me fawn over Tatiana Romanova. Shirley Eaton quite literally became a gold standard despite no more than a couple of lines. Diana Rigg. Eva Green. I could keep going. But where does Claudine Auger find herself in these impromptu recollections and reminiscences?

Despite her timeless beauty and iconic black and white two-piece bikini that makes both men and women swoon, poor Claudine Auger finds herself sequestered among the “other” ladies of Bond. Is it due to Thunderball‘s undervalued status as a lesser Connery? Is it because she plays a “kept” woman? In the end, she gets her revenge. No punches pulled.

For at least one night of good #Bond_age_, the French actress, fashion icon and 1958 Miss World runner-up gets to be the center of everyone’s attention.

The real life Eddie Chapman, aka Agent Zigzag.

Triple Cross reunites Auger with her Thunderball director Terence Young. The Anglo-French co-production also features future Bond villain Gert Fröbe, Yul Brenner and Christopher Plummer. Loosely based on the story of Eddie Chapman (code name “Zigzag”), a British spy believed to be Germany’s top agent in Great Britain. The film takes liberties with the narrative to present a more glamorous — “Bond-like” — version of the spy life so naturally we’ll take liberties with Triple Cross.

If you’re interested in reading two fantastic books about Agent Zigzag, I recommend Agent Zigzag and especially Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies both by Ben McIntyre. Essential reads for history buffs or fans of the espionage genre.

Join #Bond_age_ on Wednesday, March 29 for the World War II thriller Triple Cross (1966) featuring Claudine Auger.

Warner Archive’s preview clip from Triple Cross:

#Bond_age_ Programming 3/22: Top Gun Live Tweet

Tom Cruising Vol. 3

9:00pm ET: Top Gun pre-show (#Bond_age_)

9:07pm ET: Top Gun (#Bond_age_)

 


Tom Cruising Vol. 3 – Top Gun Live Tweet

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I don’t know if its too far-fetched to suggest that #Bond_age_ originally began as a way to eventually, someday, four-plus years down the line, live tweet TOP GUN. But after all this wait, after all these years of Blofeld-esque scheming, it finally makes complete sense to live tweet the movie that set’s everyone’s hearts aflutter back in 1986.

Tom Cruising Vol. 3 – Top Gun Live Tweet

This week we give homage to Maverick himself. Danger Zone. Flybys. Goose. Ice-Man. Kelly McGillis in aviator sunglasses. Homoerotic beach volleyball.  It’s all here. It’s all waiting for the #Bond_age_ treatment. So you slept on the Tom Cruising Live Tweet episodes of Risky Business, Cocktail, and All the Right Moves. That’s cool. We get it. But if you abstain from Top Gun, may Tom Cruise have mercy on your twatter-loving soul.

We’ve entered the #Bond_age_ atmosphere, where the G-forces are high and the jokes are low… so, so low. There will be a pre-show bumper. So if you’re watching your own copy of Top Gun, please check in for the 6-minute warmup and teaser trailer before initiating your at-home experience. (I’m still trying to work out a Top Gun embed for everybody. Stay tuned.)

Join #Bond_age_ for the live tweet of TOP GUN on Wednesday, March 22nd at 9pm ET. 

Now here’s a short video from Sterling Archer to get you in the right mood.