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Blogathons


Articles I've written for blogathons:


The Spy Who Loved Me, Lotus Esprit and helicopter chase

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), for the James Bond blogathon




The 39 Steps (1935), Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll

The 39 Steps (1935), for the Hitchcock blogathon




The Liquidator (1965), David Tomlinson, Jill St John, Rod Taylor

The Liquidator (1965), for the British Invaders blogathon




Quatermass and the Pit (1967), Andrew Keir

Quatermass and the Pit (1967), for the Movie Scientists blogathon




The Trap (1966), Rita Tushingham, Oliver Reed

The Trap (1966), for the O Canada blogathon




All Creatures Great and Small, TV, Christopher Timothy, Robert Hardy

All Creatures Great and Small (TV series), for the Small Screen blogathon





Sorcerer (1977), for the Free for All blogathon





The Ipcress File (1965), for the Michael Caine blogathon





Dial M for Murder (1954), for the Second Annual Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon





Director Profile: David Lean for the David Lean blogathon





Bicycle Thieves (1948) for the Non-English Language blogathon

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The Trap (1966)

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The Ipcress File (1965)

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