30 Apr '17, 10am

During the Cold War, spy movies were popular, these films made explicit reference to #NATO

During the Cold War, spy movies were popular, these films made explicit reference to #NATO

THUNDERBALL (1965), the fourth installment in the popular James Bond series of films, provides a useful example to illustrate the different ways that the NATO references were used. The publicity for THUNDERBALL emphasised the film’s escalated spectacle and scale, and the linkage of NATO (which had been absent from the previous films in the series) offered an increased global scope to the production as well as supplying the necessary Cold War gravitas to the narrative. The plot sees Britain and the United States blackmailed by the terrorist organization SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion), whose ambitious “NATO project” consists of hijacking two nuclear bombs from a NATO training flight and threatening to destroy a major city unless a huge ransom is paid by the “North Atlantic Treaty powers ”. By thwarting this global threa...

Full article: http://www.nato.int/cps/fr/natohq/declassified_138450.htm

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