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The Beginning of ICBM Missiles

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Since the end of World War II, the US had dominated the rockets/missiles program with Ballistic Missiles. So in 1959, the USSR developed the ICBM missiles to counter the US rocket program. As a response to the first-strike threat from Soviet ICBMs, the U.S. developed, in less than 3 years, both the mid-range Polaris nuclear missiles and the submarine that carried them. First deployed outside the Swedish west coast in 1960, they ensured U.S. retaliatory capacity against the Moscow area. As part of the deployment, Eisenhower secretly provided Sweden, officially neutral, with a military security guarantee.
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The Beginning of the Space Race

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In order to surpass the success of US rockets, the Soviet Union decided to launch the first artificial earth satellite into space in 1957. After the Soviet satellite Sputnik I was launched into outer space in 1957, the historical space race had officially begun. This lead to the first animal- a dog named Lakita- being sent into space aboard Sputnik II as well. It wasn't until 1958 that the US was able to match the Soviet Union's satellites after launching Explorer I into space. This lead to the formation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA, and now made it so the US completely dealt with studying both space and earth flights. The Soviets soon after this sent the first two surviving space dogs" Belka and Strelka into space, and showed that animals can survive in space; NASA could only counter by sending two African chimpanzees into space soon after this occurred.
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Culture and Media [LAST PART]

Culture and Media

On the BeachThe period, 1953-1962, saw Cold War themes first enter mainstream culture as a public preoccupation. The 1959 film On the Beach, for example, depicted a gradually dying, post-apocalyptic world in Australia that remained after a nuclear Third World War.

James Bond first appeared in 1954. Fans loved the beautiful scarcely dressed women, exotic locations, tricky gadgets, and death-defying stunts. The films were based vaguely on the Cold War, but fans probably paid less and less attention to the politics. Bond movies followed the political climate in depicting Soviets and "Red" Chinese. In Casino Royale (1954), Bond was an American agent working with the Brits to destroy a ruthless Soviet agent in France, but he worked better as Agent 007, James Bond, of Her Majesty's Secret Service, was played by Sean Connery in 1971 and many actors since, with less and less Cold War and more and more sex and stunt work in each version.

Frederick Forsyth's formula spy novels sold in the hundreds of thousands. The Fourth Protocol, whose title refers to a series of conventions that, if broken, will lead to nuclear war and that are now, of course, all broken except for the fourth and last thread, was made into a major film starring British actor Michael Caine. The point of such novels—like that of American movies of the 1950s and 1960s such as My Son John, Kiss Me Deadly, and The Manchurian Candidate—is to vilify the "enemy within," the treacherous peace movement activists, and simple Labour party voters who, by 1988 were marching against the Cold War.
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