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[Commlist] New book The Cultural Life of James Bond: Specters of 007

Mon Nov 09 18:04:51 GMT 2020

Jaap Verheul is pleased to announce the publication of our edited collection on /The Cultural Life of James Bond: Specters of 007/ with Amsterdam University Press. There will be an online book launch next spring, in anticipation of the release of /No Time To Die /in April 2021. <>

The release of /No Time To Die/ in 2020 heralds the arrival of the twenty-fifth installment in the James Bond film series. Since the release of /Dr. No/ in 1962, the cinematic James Bond has expedited the transformation of Ian Fleming’s literary creation into an icon of western popular culture that has captivated audiences across the globe by transcending barriers of ideology, nation, empire, gender, race, ethnicity, and generation. /The Cultural Life of James Bond: Specters of 007/ untangles the seemingly perpetual allure of the Bond phenomenon by looking at the non-canonical texts and contexts that encompass the cultural life of James Bond. Chronicling the evolution of the British secret agent over half a century of political, social, and cultural permutations, the fifteen chapters examine the brand of Bond beyond the film series and across media platforms while understanding these ancillary texts and contexts as contested sites of negotiation with the Eon franchise.

Table of Contents:

Part I   Beyond Britain: The Transnational Configuration of the James Bond Phenomenon

1 The Forgotten Bond: The CBS Production of /Casino Royale/ (1954) – /James Chapman/

2A Socialist 007: East European Spy Dramas in the Early James Bond Era – /Mikołaj Kunicki/

3From Indianization to Globalization: Tracking Bond in Bollywood  - /Ajay Gehlawat/

4 The Dead Are Alive: The Exotic Non-Place of the Bondian Runaway Production – /Melis Behlil, Ignacio M. Sánchez Prado, //and Jaap Verheul/

5 Bond Rebooted: The Transnational Appeal of the Daniel Craig James Bond Films – /Andrew Higson and Huw D Jones/


**Part II       Beyond the Hero: The Cultural Politics of 007

6 Paradoxical Masculinity: James Bond, Icon of Failure – /Toby Miller/

7 Femininity, Seriality, and Collectivity: Rethinking the Bond Girl – /Moya Luckett/

8 Market Forces: James Bond, Women of Color, and the Eastern Bazaar – /Lorrie Palmer/

9 Shaken, Not Stirred Britishness: James Bond, Race, and the Transnational Imaginary – /Anna Everett/

10 Global Agency between Bond and Bourne: /Skyfall/ and James Bond in Comparison to the Jason Bourne Film Series –/Seung-hoon Jeong/


Part III     Beyond the Films: The Transmediality of the James Bond Franchise

11 James Bond and Art Cinema – /Christopher Holliday/

12 Branding 007: Title Sequences in the James Bond Films – /Jan-Christopher Horak/

13 Unlike Men, The Diamonds Linger: Bassey and Bond Beyond the Theme Song – /Meenasarani Linde Murugan/

14 /Skyfall/ and Global Casino Culture – /Joyce Goggin/

15 Three Dimensions of Bond: Adaptive Fidelity and Fictional Coherence in the Videogame Adaptations of /GoldenEye/ – /Ian Bryce Jones and Chris Carloy/



“One of the permanent gains we owe to "new Bond studies" is the notion that James Bond is far more mobile a signifier than previous generations of critics imagined. /The Cultural Life of James Bond/ makes an invaluable contribution to this widened view of 007. Situating the films in a range of new contexts, this trove of essays uncovers previously ignored and even unexpected connections between Bond and such phenomena as black casting and performance, postfeminism, modernism, transnational geographies and taste cultures, and the development of film, television, video game, and music industries across the globe. This book doesn’t just remind us that Bond matters. It reminds us that Bond scholarship matters."

- Colin Burnett, Washington University in St. Louis, author of /The Invention of Robert Bresson: The Auteur and His Market/ (2017)

"This book brings together a supremely talented group of scholars to interrogate 007 in new and innovative ways. The result is a fresh and timely re-examination of the James Bond phenomenon's complicated relationship with popular culture, global media, and transnational geopolitics. /The Cultural Life of James Bond/ is a must-read for 007 scholars and fans alike."

- Christoph Lindner, University College London, editor of /The James Bond Phenomenon: A Critical Reader/ (2009)

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