A Critical Reader
A collection of essays that considers the James Bond novels and films in relation to their historical, political, and social contexts from the Cold War period onwards, and also examines the classic Bond canon from an array of theoretical perspectives.
Sean Connery's tuxedo, Ursula Andress' bikini, Oddjob's bowler hat, and Q's gadgets are just a few defining features of the 007 world examined in "The James Bond Phenomenon". Drawn from the fields of literary, film, music, and cultural studies, the essays in this collection range from revitalised readings of Ian Fleming's original spy novels, to the analysis of Pussy Galore's lesbianism, Miss Moneypenny's filmic feminism, and Pierce Brosnan's techno-fetishism. Together, the essays not only consider the James Bond novels and films in relation to their historical, political, and social contexts from the Cold War period onwards, but also examine the classic Bond canon from an array of theoretical perspectives. What "The James Bond Phenomenon" shows is that there is much, much more to the 007 series than cheap thrills, fast cars, and beautiful women. This updated and expanded edition features new essays on a range of hot topics, including Daniel Craig's debut as Bond, "Playboy" magazine's obsession with the 007 lifestyle, Roger Moore's erotic Orientalism, and the rise of 007 video gaming.
Preface to the Second Edition Figures Contributors Acknowledgements Copyright Acknowledgements Select Bond Chronology Introduction / Christoph Lindner Part I: Reading 007 1 The Moments of Bond / Tony Bennett