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Old October 14th, 2017, 08:55 AM   #1

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Did the Communist Block had movies or series in James Bond style?


We all know the James Bond british movies or american spy movies with western heroes defending "The Free World" from evil communist spies.
I wonder if the countries from communist block had spy movies with heroes that fought against the evil capitalists.
I only know that East Germany made some series called ''Das Unsichtbare Visier'' (1973-1979) about an est german spy that fought against american CIA and the West German secret services that wanted to destroy East Germany.
Did USSR,Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland,Czecoslovakia,Yugoslavia had James Bond style movies or tv series?
From my country,Romania, I only know about one movie:Sapte zile {Seven Days}(1973).
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Found this link. it goes straight to the heart of the question

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistoria...ts_have_their/
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Found this link. it goes straight to the heart of the question
Thank you very much, but in those posts is about USSR movies. Im interested also in the other communist countries movies.
Although is amazing that what they say in the reddit posts about what soviets thought about americans, is also true for my country. The american leaders were bad, but the american people were good but misguided and brainwashed by their leaders.
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Thank you very much, but in those posts is about USSR movies. Im interested also in the other communist countries movies.
Although is amazing that what they say in the reddit posts about what soviets thought about americans, is also true for my country. The american leaders were bad, but the american people were good but misguided and brainwashed by their leaders.
Now regarding this capitalistic and imperialistic epitomy of western evil Bond in the mid 60s bulgarian thriller writer Andrei Gulyashki fed up with all this nonsense, decided to match his fictional hero spy Zahov against 007 in a mighty showdown. Needless to say that in this novel of him good prevails over evil. A british publishing house showed an interest in publishing the book - nothing happened, because Bond defeated is one thing, but commie bastards hijacking 007 character without authorization is too much to swallow. "Adventures of Avakum Zahov" is a 80's bulgarian movie about this fictional spy.
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Found this link. it goes straight to the heart of the question

https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistoria...ts_have_their/
This is my impression too. I watched numerous movies about nazi scum during my childhood years, even 'come and see' /it should be at least R-rated btw /, but saw only one soviet film dedicated to cold war (animosity). In this movie an american seeking revenge joined with the good team. Baddies are americans also of coarse, but firstly they are capitalistic and imperialistic bastardos, who want to blow up the world

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Detached_Mission

EDIT: This detached thing is a clear case of mistranslation. What the hell? It should be solo voyage or something like that /одиночное плавание/

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Now regarding this capitalistic and imperialistic epitomy of western evil Bond in the mid 60s bulgarian thriller writer Andrei Gulyashki fed up with all this nonsense, decided to match his fictional hero spy Zahov against 007 in a mighty showdown. Needless to say that in this novel of him good prevails over evil. A british publishing house showed an interest in publishing the book - nothing happened, because Bond defeated is one thing, but commie bastards hijacking 007 character without authorization is too much to swallow. "Adventures of Avakum Zahov" is a 80's bulgarian movie about this fictional spy.
Wow very cool. I check it out and the movie is on youtube.
By the way ,did Bulgaria had movie musicals or fantasy movies like the Czecoslovakian tv series "Arabela"?
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Wow very cool. I check it out and the movie is on youtube.
By the way ,did Bulgaria had movie musicals or fantasy movies like the Czecoslovakian tv series "Arabela"?
Sadly Arabela is one and only. All Czechoslovakian TV series were famous all over the second world back then in the good ole days. In the musical genre we have some awesome movies like this one https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Phoney_Civilization

EDIT: In the fantasy genre probably this one - 'The thirteenth bride of the Prince' 13ta godenitsa na printsa (1987) - IMDb

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Sadly Arabela is one and only. All Czechoslovakian TV series were famous all over the second world back then in the good ole days.
You are right. I like Arabela even now. And I think that american HBO tv series "Once upon a time" took their inspiration from Arabela. In Romania we had a fantasy movie "Maria Mirabela'' in 1980s , many musicals ,mostly in 1960s like ''Dragoste la zero grade''(Love at 0 Degrees) or ''Vacanta la mare'', (Vacation at the seaside). There was a couple of musicals in 1970s also like ''Eu, tu si Ovidiu''(Me, you and Ovidiu) or 1970 musical ''Cantecele marii''(Songs of the sea) a soviet-romanian coproduction(there is a variant in romanian and one in russian).
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You are right. I like Arabela even now. And I think that american HBO tv series "Once upon a time" took their inspiration from Arabela. In Romania we had a fantasy movie "Maria Mirabela'' in 1980s , many musicals ,mostly in 1960s like ''Dragoste la zero grade''(Love at 0 Degrees) or ''Vacanta la mare'', (Vacation at the seaside). There was a couple of musicals in 1970s also like ''Eu, tu si Ovidiu''(Me, you and Ovidiu) or 1970 musical ''Cantecele marii''(Songs of the sea) a soviet-romanian coproduction(there is a variant in romanian and one in russian).
IMO, one of the best Romanian fantasy movies was De-aș fi... Harap Alb:

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I think there was a TV-series called "Sword and shield" in the Soviet Union in the 1960's or thereabouts. It was set in WWII and the heroes were KGB agents. The story is that the series Vladimir Putin to join the KGB.
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