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The Incredible World Of Spy-Fi: Wild and Crazy Spy Gadgets, Props, and Artifacts from TV and the Movies Paperback – Bargain Price, September 30, 2004


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Even people who aren’t big spy movie fans know that James Bond gets to play with some great gadgets. The same goes for the casts of Mission: Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and I Spy. Biederman has been immersed in the spy world, at least as Hollywood depicts it, from the time of his youth in the 1960s, when he was introduced to a world of "spies, gadgets, adventure, and beautiful women—everything that a ten-year-old boy could possibly want." Since then he has collected over 4,000 props from various sets, amassing such an impressive trove that in 2000 the CIA asked him to exhibit it at its headquarters. This book tells the story of each TV series and movie through Biederman’s props, which range from the coat hook used in U.N.C.L.E. to open a secret passageway, to the gold sofa that adorned James West’s private railroad car in The Wild Wild West. Biederman, a screenwriter who works as an expert consultant to spy film producers, obviously knows the episodes of each series inside out, and his love for the genre is evident in his exuberant anecdotes (his search for his "holy grail," the cigarette-pack transmitter from U.N.C.L.E., is particularly dramatic). Fortunately, he isn’t so obsessed that he can’t take a joke about his passion: he also enjoys, and has memorabilia from, spy spoofs like Get Smart and Austin Powers. Few readers are likely to be as enamored of the Hollywood spy world as the author, but those who have some interest in it will enjoy perusing this celebration of all things espionage. 200 color images.
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Even people who aren t big spy movie fans know that James Bond gets to play with some great gadgets. The same goes for the casts of Mission: Impossible, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and I Spy. Biederman has been immersed in the spy world, at least as Hollywood depicts it, from the time of his youth in the 1960s, when he was introduced to a world of "spies, gadgets, adventure, and beautiful women-everything that a ten-year-old boy could possibly want." Since then he has collected over 4,000 props from various sets, amassing such an impressive trove that in 2000 the CIA asked him to exhibit it at its headquarters. This book tells the story of each TV series and movie through Biederman s props, which range from the coat hook used in U.N.C.L.E. to open a secret passageway, to the gold sofa that adorned James West s private railroad car in The Wild Wild West. Biederman, a screenwriter who works as an expert consultant to spy film producers, obviously knows the episodes of each series inside out, and his love for the genre is evident in his exuberant anecdotes (his search for his "holy grail," the cigarette-pack transmitter from U.N.C.L.E., is particularly dramatic). Fortunately, he isn t so obsessed that he can t take a joke about his passion: he also enjoys, and has memorabilia from, spy spoofs like Get Smart and Austin Powers. Few readers are likely to be as enamored of the Hollywood spy world as the author, but those who have some interest in it will enjoy perusing this celebration of all things espionage. -Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 159 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081184224X
  • ASIN: B000ENBQMY
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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I just wished this book was six times longer.
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The spy gadgets and props are almost as important as the actor--the gimmicks are characters, too!
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MORE BOOKS from Mr. Biederman's archives -- and WOW, can he write!
Amy Wallace

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ronald M. Tissier on November 1, 2004
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I finished "Spy-Fi" just last night and this book is truely for any film buff and if your a fan of 60's T.V. and the great spy shows of that time this is a must for your collection.Danny Biederman hits the target and brings home some inside info with behind the scene photo's and much more. If your a "arm chair counterspy" it's a must buy! Get one for yourself and one for a friend, From 007 to U.N.C.L.E. and The Wild Wild West it's all here. Thanks, Richard
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lisa loves Amazon on October 25, 2004
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If you watch television or go to the movies you should own this book! I was walking through the book store and the colors on the cover caught my attention. Then, I saw Maxwell Smart's shoe phone. This author has the most amazing collection of great stuff from old tv shows to new movies like Austin Powers glasses. The stories throughout the book are great too because you get to hear the behind-the-scenes truths. I bought one for my dad, my brother, and myself. Thanks to the author for this great treasure of nostalgia and cool stuff!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Bradley on December 24, 2004
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Danny Biederman's THE INCREDIBLE WORLD OF SPY-FI is not only the perfect coffee table book for those of us who grew up wanting to be James Bond (and maybe still DO want to be James Bond), it's also a brilliant and deeply enjoyable work of scholarship and pop-culture history. Biederman's personal collection of props, costumes, and other arcana from the Bond films, TV shows like THE MAN FROM UNCLE, and even spoofs like AUSTIN POWERS, has been justifiably legendary for years; now he's given us the gift of an intense look at just a fraction of that collection. One word of warning: Don't just get lost in the incredible photos, because Biederman's insightful, humorous, and intelligent prose (which accompanies the pics) is every bit as pleasurable as the visuals. My only complaint? I just wished this book was six times longer. Can we hope for a SPY-FI 2 sometime in the future, Mr. Biederman? Sure hope so.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amy Wallace on December 25, 2004
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Christmas present, birthday present, valentine's present, no-special-occasion present: this book makes me HAPPY! I can't imagine anyone not falling in love with it. It brought back floods of ecstatic memories -- and of course, I had to read it while drinking a shaken/not/stirred martini! BRAVO! MORE BOOKS from Mr. Biederman's archives -- and WOW, can he write! Wry, witty, charming, impeccably researched -- 10 STARS!
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Danny Biederman is the actual author--the forward was by Robert W. Wallace. Biederman's collection of fictional spy artifacts is interesting to both movie buffs and to those involved in real-world espionage. I hadn't heard of most of the movies in "the Incredible World of Spy Fi," so I'll be looking them up on DVD. The spy gadgets and props are almost as important as the actor--the gimmicks are characters, too! Who can forget John Steed's steel-lined bowler, Maxwell Smart's shoe phone, the U.N.C.L.E. Special, James Bond's PPK and tricked-out sports cars, or Jim Phelp's self-destructing tape recorders? I enjoyed reading this book and it will be a valuable reference in my personal library.
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