The James Bond Phenomenon: A Critical Reader

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Christoph Lindner
Manchester University Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 268 pages
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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 this text. Drawn from the fields of literary, film, music and cultural studies, the essays in this collection range from revitalized readings of Ian Fleming's spy novels to the analysis of Pussy Galore's lesbianism, Miss Monneypenny'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 text aims to show is that there is much more to the 007 series than cheap thrills, fast cars and beautiful women. Leach, among others, Lindner illustrates not only how the Bond character has conquered the globe, but has sustained its pre-eminence across six decades. Starting with the original books and moving through the films, the music and the marketing, this study should be of use to students of film, media, popular literature, marketing and cultural studies.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
The moments of Bond
13
Narrative structures in Fleming
34
Licensed to look James Bond and the heroism of consumption
56
Criminal vision and the ideology of detection in Flemings 007 series
76
A licence to thrill
91
The James Bond films conditions of production
99
Creating a Bond market selling John Barrys soundtracks and theme songs
118
Under the very skirts of Britannia rereading women in the James Bond novels
169
Pussy Galore
184
Britains last line of defence Miss Moneypenny and the desperations of filmic feminism
202
Dial M for metonym Universal Exports Ms office space and empire
215
James Bonds penis
232
The world has changed Bond in the 1990s and beyond?
248
Select bibliography
259
Index
263

Doctor No bonding Britishness to racial sovereignty
135
Hardwear the millennium technology and Brosnans Bond
151

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Christoph Lindneris Lecturer in English at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and is the author ofFictions of Commodity Culture: From the Victorian to the Postmodern.

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