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The politics of James Bond : from Fleming's novels to the big screen

Author: Jeremy Black
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2001.
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"The adventures and antics of James Bond have provided the world with many of the most gripping story lines of the last half-century. Fleming's novels were best-sellers in their day, and the Bond films have been even more popular, becoming the most enduring and successful film franchise in history. By some estimates, half of the world's population - billions of people - have seen a James Bond movie, thus viewing an  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Black, Jeremy.
Politics of James Bond.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2001
(OCoLC)606430358
Named Person: Ian Fleming; Ian Fleming; Ian Fleming; James Bond, (Fictitious character); Ian Fleming; James (Literarische Gestalt) Bond
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Black
ISBN: 0275968596 9780275968595
OCLC Number: 43562060
Description: xiv, 227 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Fleming's Bond: The Secret Agent in the Novels --
Cold War Stories --
At War with SPECTRE --
The Later Fleming Stories --
Pressing the Boundaries --
To the Big Screen --
The Transition to Film --
Sexual Politics in the Movies: Heterosexuality and Bond --
The Connery Years --
Over to Moore --
The Dalton Interlude --
The Brosnan Films --
The Films Reviewed: Villains and Plots --
The Bond Legacy --
The Later Bond Books --
The World of Bond.
Responsibility: Jeremy Black.

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"The adventures and antics of James Bond have provided the world with many of the most gripping story lines of the last half-century. Fleming's novels were best-sellers in their day, and the Bond films have been even more popular, becoming the most enduring and successful film franchise in history. By some estimates, half of the world's population - billions of people - have seen a James Bond movie, thus viewing an image of global struggle through Western eyes and obtaining a particular perception of Britain and the world. This fascinating and accessible account of the global phenomenon uses the plots and characterizations in the novels and the blockbuster films to place Bond in a historical, cultural, and political context." "Black charts and explores how the settings and the dynamics of the Bond adventures have changed over time in response to shifts in the real-world environment in which the fictional Bond operates. Sex, race, class, and violence are each important factors as 007 evolves from Cold Warrior to foe of SPECTRE and eventually to world defender pitted against megalomaniacal foes. The development of Bond, his leading ladies, and the major plots all shed light on world political attitudes and reflect elements of the real espionage history of the period. This look at Bond's world and his lasting legacy offers an intriguing glimpse into both cultural history and popular entertainment."--BOOK JACKET.

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