The Mysterious Murder of a Heroic Chemist Who Was (Probably) Also a Spy

In 1952, a vacationing British family of three was brutally shot and clubbed to death while camping roadside near the village of Lurs, on the banks of the Durance. The murders, for which a local farmer was convicted (but spared the guillotine), became known as “France’s crime of the century.” And its mysteries still… »8/20/15 2:30pm8/20/15 2:30pm

The Strange Case Of The Doll Seller Who Desperately Wanted To Be A Spy

Velvalee Dickinson, a Stanford grad who’d worked in the financial industry, moved to New York City from San Francisco in 1937, where she soon opened a shop that sold collectible dolls. But by 1942, she’d added a third entry to her resume or at least she really, really tried to: spying on behalf of Japan. »6/08/15 4:35pm6/08/15 4:35pm

Mix vampires and espionage with tabletop RPG Night's Black Agents

As night falls on Belgrade, you and your team of special agents go on high alert. You've got the gadgetry of Bond and the competence of Bourne, but this is a shadowy international conspiracy you're up against: drug lords, corporate masterminds, bought politicians, crooked Interpol agents, and vampires. The bad kind.… »1/10/13 12:40pm1/10/13 12:40pm

Segments from 22 James Bond films cut together to form a single Bond movie

James Bond movies certainly follow a formula, but could you smush every James Bond film before Skyfall together and form a single, cohesive movie? 50 Years of James Bond: The Movie explores the "James Bond Formula" with this massive supercut. It takes segments from each 007 film in order, starting with the first… »11/11/12 5:00pm11/11/12 5:00pm

Steampunk Spy-Fi: Real-life gadgets perfect for a Victorian Era James Bond

What if the majesty of On Her Majesty's Secret Service was Queen Victoria? We might not have had the same type of Cold War gadgetry that made Ian Fleming's novels and the James Bond films, but the 19th century had its own brand of wonderful toys. Here are a handful of gadgets and tools the steampunk spy might want to… »11/10/12 2:00pm11/10/12 2:00pm