The James Bond Phenomenon

A critical reader (second edition)

By Christoph Lindner

The James Bond Phenomenon
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  • ISBN: 9780719080951
  • Publish Date: Sep 2009
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8095-1
    • Pages: 368
    • Price: £19.99
    • Published Date: September 2009


    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.

    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, Bond's erotic Orientalism, and the rise of 007 video gaming.


    Preface to the Second Edition
    Copyright Acknowledgements
    Select Bond Chronology
    Introduction / Christoph Lindner
    Part I: Reading 007
    1 The Moments of Bond / Tony Bennett & Janet Woollacott
    2 Narrative Structures in Fleming / Umberto Eco
    3 Licensed to Look: James Bond and the Heroism of Consumption / Michael Denning
    4 Criminal Vision and the Ideology of Detection in Fleming's 007 Series / Christoph Lindner
    5 'Entertainment for Men': Uncovering the Playboy Bond / Claire Hines
    Part II: Screening 007
    6 A Licence to Thrill / James Chapman
    7 The James Bond Films: Conditions of Production / Janet Woollacott
    8 Creating a Bond Market: Selling John Barry's Soundtracks and Theme
    Songs / Jeff Smith
    9 Doctor No: Bonding Britishness to Racial Sovereignty / Cynthia Baron
    10 Hard-Wear: The Millennium, Technology, and Brosnan's Bond / Martin Willis
    11 Body Politics and Casino Royale: Gender and (Inter)National Security / Colleen M. Tremonte and Linda Racioppi
    Part 3: Re-thinking 007
    12 'Under the very skirts of Britannia': Re-reading Women in the James Bond Novels / Christine Bold
    13 Pussy Galore / Elisabeth Ladenson
    14 Britain's Last Line of Defence: Miss Moneypenny and the Desperations of
    Filmic Feminism / Tara Brabazon
    15 Dial 'M' for Metonym: Universal Exports, M's Office Space and Empire /
    Paul Stock
    16 Kamasutra Bond-ing / Ajay Gehlawat
    17 James Bond's Penis / Toby Miller
    18 'The World Has Changed': Bond in the 1990s - and Beyond? / Jim Leach
    19 Shaken, Stirred, Pixellated: Video Gaming as Bond / Stefan Hall
    Select Bibliography


    Christoph Lindner is Professor and Chair of English Literature at the University of Amsterdam

    The James Bond Phenomenon

    By Christoph Lindner

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