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The man who saved Britain : a personal journey into the disturbing world of James Bond

Author: Simon Winder
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.
Edition/Format:   book_printbook : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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"To grow up in England in the 1970s was to grow up with James Bond, and The Man Who Saved Britain is, first of all, the story of the author's relationship with this "national religion." Simon Winder lovingly and ruefully re-creates the nadirs and humiliations of fandom while illuminating what Bond's evolution - from books to film, from his roots in the 1940s to his "managed decline" today - says about the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Ian Fleming; James Bond, (Fictitious character); James Bond, (Fictitious character); Ian Fleming
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Winder
ISBN: 0374299382 9780374299385
OCLC Number: 65341033
Description: xvii, 287 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Eating Old Jamaica at the Tunbridge Wells Odeon xi --
Note: Books and Films xvii --
1 "Night and Day" 3 --
2 The Stuffed Cobra 30 --
3 Coronation Chicken 67 --
4 Managed Decline 104 --
5 "Champagne and Benzedrine! Never Again" 136 --
6 The Beatles with Earmuffs 179 --
7 Sweat and Polyester 214 --
8 An Acceptable Level of Violence 244 --
Conclusion: Two Walks 277.
Responsibility: Simon Winder.
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"To grow up in England in the 1970s was to grow up with James Bond, and The Man Who Saved Britain is, first of all, the story of the author's relationship with this "national religion." Simon Winder lovingly and ruefully re-creates the nadirs and humiliations of fandom while illuminating what Bond's evolution - from books to film, from his roots in the 1940s to his "managed decline" today - says about the conservative movement, sex, the monarchy, food, class, attitudes towards America, and everything in between. The result is an insightful and, above all, entertaining exploration of post-War Britain under the palliative influence of the legendary Agent 007."--BOOK JACKET.

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