The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

In this edition of The Good, The Bad and the Ugly we have gourmet ice cream, binoculars and fictional spies:

Good

Bad

Ugly

Jude’s ice cream is made on a farm in the UK. Their flavours are simple in comparison to other gourmet ice cream brands and a studied amateur primary-coloured packaging. Ben & Jerry’s ice cream has gone from hippy brand to global behemoth of iced desserts. Haagen Daz was built on a fake name and owned by a large conglomerate (General Mills). The resources of a mega corp is ideally suited to crank out lots of flavours.
Leica – high quality rubber-armoured binoculars and optics which are second-to-none. The only problem with Leica is the high price of the optics. Zeiss – there is a wide range of binoculars available under the Zeiss brand and it says something of their robust nature that many of them available are over 60 years old. Ironically the best sets of binoculars used lead crystal lens, but Zeiss stopped makng them in the mid 1990s. Bushnell – despite the high performance optics label and the rubber armour these are not in the same league as their German cousins.
Harry Palmer – Michael Caine’s subversive paper pusher who gets on the wrong end of things as bait on the hook of his boss Ross’ fishing line in the Ipcress Flie made for compelling viewing and was influential for many ‘kitchen sink’ spy portrayals. Edward Woodward’s Callan owes a lot to Caine’s Harry Palmer. Unfortunately Palmer was ressurected in films shot when Caine was older and some of the gloss was lost. Alec Leamas – The protagonist in John Le Carre’s The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. Leamas was brought to life by Richard Burton’s morose film portrayal of the character put the cold in cold war. James Bond – Ian Fleming’s cold calculating killing machine has been lost in the world of gadgets and box office considerations. Thankfully, Moore and Neill portrayed him in a more interesting manner in The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier

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