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Spy television

Spy television

Author: Wesley A Britton
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2004.
Series: Praeger television collection.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
A writer and college English teacher traces the evolution of television spy series over the past half-century, from the early 1960s anti-communist propaganda spy shows to today's high-tech global-international espionage programs.

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Britton, Wesley A. (Wesley Alan).
Spy television.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2004
(DLC) 2003053634
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Wesley A Britton
ISBN: 0313052123 9780313052125 0275981630 9780275981631 128240833X 9781282408333 9786612408335 6612408332
OCLC Number: 57426345
Language Note: English.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 280 pages) : illustrations.
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Defining a genre --
The roots of a family tree : 1900 to 1961 --
Bond, Beatles, and camp : the men from U.N.C.L.E. --
More British than Bond : John Steed, The avengers, and feminist role-playing --
Cold War sports and games : I spy and racial politics --
The Cold War and existential fables : Danger man, Secret agent, and The prisoner --
The page and the screen : The saint and Robin Hood spies --
Interchangeable parts : missions: impossible --
James Bond on the prairie : from The wild wild West to the Secret adventures of Jules Verne --
From tongues in cheek to tongues sticking out : Get smart and the spoofing of a genre --
Also-rans and new branches : network secret agents from 1963 to 1980 --
Reagan, le Carré, Clancy, cynicism, and cable : down to Earth in the 1980s and 1990s --
The return of fantasy and the dark nights of spies : The x-files, La femme Nikita, and the new millennium --
Active and inactive files : Alias, 24, The agency, and twenty-first-century spies --
Conclusion : the past, present, and future of TV espionage : why spies?
Series Title: Praeger television collection.
Responsibility: Wesley Britton.


For half a century, television spies have been trained professionals, reluctant heroes, housewives, businessmen, criminals, and comedians.  Read more...


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"Britton has written the Baedeker of spy television films and series, an encyclopedic history of this popular television genre....Public libraries; comprehensive academic collections supporting Read more...

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