The Man Who Saved Britain: A Personal Journey Into the Disturbing World of James Bond
Bond. James Bond. The ultimate British hero--suave, stoic, gadget-driven--was, more than anything, the necessary invention of a traumatized country whose self-image as a great power had just been shattered by the Second World War. By inventing the parallel world of secret British greatness and glamour, Ian Fleming fabricated an icon that has endured long past its maker's death. In The Man Who Saved Britain, Simon Winder lovingly and ruefully re-creates the nadirs of his own fandom while illuminating what Bond says about sex, the monarchy, food, class, attitudes toward America, and everything in between. The result is an insightful and, above all, entertaining exploration of postwar Britain under the influence of the legendary Agent 007.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ABVR - LibraryThing
The Man Who Saved Britain is a hot mess of a book: chaotic, self-indulgent, sloppy, and – underneath it all – frequently brilliant and insightful. Any scholar or serious fan of the James Bond novels ... Read full review
Review: The Man Who Saved Britain: A Personal Journey into the Disturbing World of James BondUser Review - David Spalding - Goodreads
Entertaining though highly personal (and therefore not the least bit objective to my eye) view of Ian Fleming's literary creation in the social history of post-War Britain. Intriguing insights and observations. Fun to read before watching THE HOUR, for two views of late 1950s England. Read full review