The #Bond_age_TV Livetweet Event – May 11, 2016

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Hello again, everyone!

It’s been awhile, but #Bond_age_TV is back tomorrow night with another Avengers/Hawaii Five-0 double feature. First up will be The Avengers, in an episode called The Master Minds. A series of thefts baffles the government, especially as it appears that well-respected members of that very same government are caught red-handed. Steed and Mrs. Peel are called in to investigate. Will they get to the bottom of it? Find out at 9 pm EST tomorrow in the first half of our programming.

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Then, at 10 pm EST, Hawaii Five-0 is featured with the episode Twenty-Four Karat Kill. McGarrett and Five-0 learn that somebody is smuggling gold into Hawaii, and they’re determined to put a stop to it. The episode is the one where Jack Lord first utters the catchphrase “Book ’em, Danno.” So come join the fun and enjoy the Hawaiian scenery as we watch a piece of TV history. Both programs will be livetweeted under the #Bond_age_TV hashtag.  Be here! Aloha!

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The #Bond_age_TV Cool Detectives Livetweet Event

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Hello again, everyone!

This week’s regularly scheduled Avengers/Hawaii Five-0 event has to be delayed for technical reasons, but I don’t look at this as a disappointment. Rather, I’m taking this as an opportunity to spotlight two other titles that I think deserve a spot here at #Bond_age_ HQ. This Wednesday’s livetweet is all about the coolness.  Before Bond hit our screens in 1962 and made spying the coolest profession on Earth, detectives made living look glamourous. Danger, excitement and beautiful women were the expected norm for the life of a detective. In 1958, perhaps the coolest of detectives appeared on US TV. His name was Peter Gunn, and he was the brainchild of Blake Edwards, the man behind The Pink Panther.  Portrayed by Craig Stevens, Gunn was the epitome of cool. Always well-dressed, Gunn’s bad side was always a bad place to be. The show was also one of the first shows in TV to use jazz for its musical scores, including the very memorable Peter Gunn theme, all done by musical legend Henry Mancini. Peter Gunn can rightly be called a James Bond prototype, and #Bond_age_TV is happy to feature the pilot episode for Peter Gunn , called The Kill.  Crooks are trying to move in on Peter’s favourite hangout, Mother’s,  and he’s having none of it. Will they regret it? Find out in the first part of this Wednesday’s livetweet.

The #Bond_age_TV Cool Detectives Livetweet Event!

 

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The main feature for this Wednesday’s livetweet includes perhaps the Granddaddy of all cool detectives, Dick Tracy. Beginning as a comic strip in 1931, Dick Tracy was a detective who went up against mobsters and other assorted regular criminals. Gradually, however, strip creator Chester Gould added new elements which would turn his strip into a pop culture juggernaut over the next several decades: technology and grotesque villains. Before Batman and Bond, Dick Tracy ignited the imagination with tech like the 2-way wrist radio and villains such as Flattop, Pruneface, and The Blank.  Dick Tracy eventually found his way from the comic strip to first the radio, and then movie serials and feature films. This Wednesday #Bond_age_TV will be showing the 1945 film Dick Tracy, Detective. Tracy is up against a vicious criminal by the name of Splitface. Who is he, and how does he choose his victims? To find out, join me this coming Wednesday for #Bond_age_TV, starting at 9 pm EST!

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The Bond_age_TV Cybernaut Livetweet Event – Mar. 16, 2016

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“What could have done that?” “Well, if we cast our minds back…” “…to a 9-letter word beginning with C…” “Cybernaut.”

Hello, fellow livetweeters!  This month #Bond_age_TV is doing something different. Hawaii Five-0 had, in its 12 years on the air, a number of two-parters which I don’t plan to break up when they come up in the schedule. This presents a bit of a problem, as the Avengers never had any two-part episodes (except in the New Avengers era, which is sadly beyond my perview).  But I wanted to give the Avengers their own time as well, so I shall be presenting, from time to time, back-to-back Avengers episodes that have a common thread. This week I’m starting this tradition with the most obviously episode link in Avengers history: The Cybernauts. These robotic assassins appeared three times throughout the Avengers run, and this week I’ll be featuring their first two appearances. First up this Wednesday at 9pm EST will be their debut episode, titled The Cybernauts. Steed and Emma investigate a series of murders that appear to be the work of a martial arts expert. This episode features such familiar faces as Michael Gough (Batman) and Bernard Horsfall (OHMSS). The second part of the double feature will be Return of the Cybernauts . The Cybernauts are back, thanks to a millionaire bent on revenge ( guest star Peter Cushing.)  Steed and Peel find themselves targets for destruction.  This episode ranks as one of my all-time favourites, and I think I’m not the only one. I hope you’ll join me for this week’s #Bond_age_TV event, with the fun starting at 9pm EST!

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The Avengers/Hawaii Five-0 Livetweet Event – February 2016

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Hello again, everyone!

It’s cold outside, but inside #Bond_age_TV HQ, everything is warming up with our new season of programming. We’re continuing our look at those two venerable TV institutions, The Avengers and Hawaii Five-0. This week’s double feature kicks off with The Avengers episode The Gravediggers. Steed and Mrs. Peel undertake an investigation into strange failures of the British Distant Early Warning system.  The deeper they dig, the situation goes from bad to worse (or is that hearse?).

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The second half of this week’s #Bond_age_TV feature is The Hawaii Five-0 episode Samurai. McGarrett and Five-0 find themselves investigating the death of a witness in a court case against a Hawaiian crime boss (played by Ricardo Montalban). At the same time, they have to prevent his death at the hands of Japanese assassins. I’m not going to lie, Montalban playing Asian is not exactly politically correct, but still, he’s Ricardo Montalban.

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The fun starts this Wednesday at 9 pm EST. Just follow the #Bond_age_TV hashtag. Be here! Aloha!

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The #Bond_age_TV Livetweet Event – January 2016

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Hello, ladies and gentlemen!

This Wednesday marks the beginning of a new season of #Bond_age_TV goodness! We’re kicking off the new season with two iconic series: The Avengers and Hawaii Five-0! At 9 pm EST, we feature the first pairing of John Steed and Emma Peel in the first episode of The Avengers’s fourth season, The Town of No Return!  Agents keep disappearing from a small seaside town in Norfolk, and it’s up to Steed and Mrs. Peel to get to the bottom of it.  Then, at 10 pm EST, Hawaii Five-0 takes over the spotlight as we livetweet the pilot episode, Full Fathom Five! McGarrett and the cops of Five-0 find themselves dealing with conman and murderer who preys on older widows, played by Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). It’s gonna be a great time, so I hope you can join us this Wednesday for all-new #Bond_age_TV fun!

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#Bond_age_TV 2.0 – Hawaii Five-0 Pilot Movie ‘Cocoon’ Livetweet Event

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Hello again, everyone! I’m happy and excited to begin #Bond_age_TV’s latest look back into the heady world of 60s spy shows. The ending of Man From UNCLE made the future of the genre uncertain. American society was changing, and disenchantment with spies and foreign intrigue was translating into series getting cancelled. TV producers had to adapt or die. To that end, the spy shows were being blended with another TV mainstay: the cop show.  Shows like Mission:Impossible started focusing instead on Organized Crime within the USA, as opposed to foreign governments. But the idea of battling foreign agents didn’t go away completely. In September of 1968, a show appeared which would find a perfect mixture of the spy show/cop show dynamic: Hawaii Five-0.

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As a series, Hawaii Five-0 had the best of both worlds. It was primarily a cop show, featuring a crew of cops who worked in the exotic backdrop of Hawaii’s big island, fighting crooks and Organized Crime. At the same time, it could expand itself out into the world of the spy show by bringing international intrigue to the islands. This is laid out from the very beginning of the series, starting with the pilot TV movie, ‘Cocoon.’ The film features Steve McGarrett (as played by Jack Lord), investigating the supposed accidental death of an old friend from the Navy. Along the way he comes across the man who would become his archnemesis, Chinese agent Wo Fat (played by Khigh Dheigh).  They would face one another numerous times over the run of the show, which turned out to be one of the longest running cop shows on TV.  ‘Cocoon’ first aired on September 20th, 1968, and it was the start of what would turn out to be a 12-year run on TV, which would only be surpassed by Law & Order over 20 years later.  This coming Wednesday, #Bond_age_TV is proud to invite one and all to livetweet the movie that started it all, starting at 9pm EST. Use the #Bond_age_TV hashtag.  Be here. Aloha!

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