Ian Fleming and James Bond: The Cultural Politics of 007

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Edward P. Comentale, Stephen Watt, Skip Willman
Indiana University Press, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 281 pages
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The Cold War agent of pulp fiction and the hero of more than a dozen movies, James Bond, also known as 007, is one of pop culture's most recognizable icons. Doubtless better known from film than from Ian Fleming's novels, the character has become a lightning rod for criticism from all camps. And yet somehow his popularity remains intact. 007 is an entertaining and revealing examination of the many facets of Bond. Before Bond became a cinematic icon, he was the protagonist of a series of thrillers that appeared during the time of Britain's decline as a major power and the heating up of the Cold War. Fleming's character gave expression to biases and anxieties that continue to shape our political worldview in ways both obvious and covert. including Bond's Britishness, James Bond and JFK, homosexual panic and lesbian Bond-age, the James Bond lifestyle, and Bond's brands. Comentale, Vivian Halloran, Jaime Hovey, Aaron Jaffe, Christoph Lindner, Andrew Lycett, Patrick O'Donnell, Craig N. Owens, Brian Patton, Judith Roof, Stephen Watt, and Skip Willman. author of Masses in Relation: Art and Politics in Avant-garde England, 1909-1915. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana. Stephen Watt is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Indiana University, and author of Postmodern/Drama: Reading the Contemporary Stage, Joyce, O'Casey, and the Irish Popular Theatre. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana. Skip Willman is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Dakota. He lives in Vermillion, South Dakota.
  

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Contents

Anal Anxiety in Diamonds Are Forever
24
Lesbian Bondage or Why Dykes Like 007 JAIME HOVEY
42
James Bond CyborgAristocrat PATRICK ODONNELL
55
Living the James Bond Lifestyle JUDITH ROOF
71
James Bond MetaBrand AARON JAFFE
87
The Bond Market CRAIG N OWENS
107
Bond and Britishness JAMES CHAPMAN
129
Bond and the Angry Young Man
144
Tropical Bond VIVIAN HALLO RAN
158
Bonds Foreign Policy
178
Wanting to Be James Bond ALEXIS ALBION
202
Why Size Matters CHRISTOPH LINDNER
223
Acknowledgments
261
Contributors
271
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Edward P. Comentale, Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University, is author of Masses in Relation: Art and Politics in Avant-garde England, 1909-1915. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Stephen Watt is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Indiana University, and author of Postmodern/Drama: Reading the Contemporary Stage and Joyce, O'Casey, and the Irish Popular Theater. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Skip Willman is Assistant Professor of English at the University of South Dakota. He lives in Vermillion, South Dakota.

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