CIA Used James Bond Films as Public Relations Tool

Seems to me that they might have relied too heavily on Bond for ideas, at least when it came to assassination attempts on Castro.

Picture: Felix Leiter (C)

Picture: Felix Leiter (C)

Via EurekAlert:

The real-life CIA copied outlandish gadgets from Goldfinger and From Russia With Love, according to a University of Warwick analysis of declassified letters and interviews revealing the bond between Ian Fleming and Allen Dulles.

However the relationship between the former CIA director and the spy thriller writer went far deeper than raiding the novels for technological inspiration.

Through Dulles, the agency actively leaned on the British author to paint it in more positive light at a time when US film-makers, authors and journalists were silent about the activities of the CIA, fearful to even mention it by name.

Dr Christopher Moran from the University of Warwick has trawled through declassified letters and media reports from the 1950 and 60s for the study, “Ian Fleming and the Public Profile of the CIA”, published in the Journal of Cold War Studies.

He said: “There was a surprising two-way influence between the CIA and the James Bond novels during the Cold War, stemming from the mutual admiration between Allen Dulles and Ian Fleming.

No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to keep reading.

14 Comments on "CIA Used James Bond Films as Public Relations Tool"

    • DeepCough | Jul 17, 2013 at 11:36 pm |

      This movie is about the NSA, not the CIA.
      Watch Burn Notice instead.

      • Yes I know

      • Calypso_1 | Jul 18, 2013 at 9:01 am |

        Such delightfully amusing propaganda.

        • Hadrian999 | Jul 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm |

          burn notice doesn’t really work as propaganda, in the series the Intelligence community is portrayed as inept at best and villainous at worst.

          • Calypso_1 | Jul 18, 2013 at 3:34 pm |

            It appeals to the wannabe outsider, lone crusader that upholds an ideal that cannot be obtained.

          • Hadrian999 | Jul 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm |

            yes but that is precisely why I don’t think it works as propaganda for the national security establishment, it promotes the view that the establishment cannot be trusted and that somewhat ethical outsiders need to keep it in check.

          • DeepCough | Jul 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm |

            Which is perfect for American television, because it gives viewers the illusion that, in the end, the good guy always wins.

          • Hadrian999 | Jul 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm |

            it works as popular entertainment but not as propaganda for the national security state, for that the establishment would always be the good guy and never fail.

          • DeepCough | Jul 19, 2013 at 8:27 pm |

            If there is one thing that James Bond and Michael Westen have in common is that they make it cool to be a spy, and that is all intelligence agencies require.

  1. Will Coles | Jul 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm |

    ‘Syriana’, ‘3 days of the Condor’, ‘The quiet American’, maybe ‘The ugly American’ & ‘Safe house’, most of the rest are just promotional propaganda.

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