James Bond and Popular Culture

Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy


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About the Book

The most recognizable fictional spy and one of the longest running film franchises, James Bond has inspired a host of other pop culture contributions, including Doctor Who (the Jon Pertwee era), the animated television comedy series Archer, Matt Kindt’s comic book series Mind MGMT, Japan’s Nakano Spy School Films, the 1960s Italian Eurospy genre, and the recent 007 Legends video game. This collection of new essays analyzes Bond’s phenomenal literary and filmic influence over the past 50-plus years. The 14 essays are categorized into five parts: film, television, literature, lifestyle (emphasis on fashion and home décor), and the Bond persona reinterpreted.

About the Author(s)

Michele Brittany is the book review editor for the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and is the co-chair of the Ann Radcliffe Conference held in conjunction with Horror Writers Association’s annual Stokercon. She lives in Orange, California.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Michele Brittany
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 288
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2015
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7793-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1821-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword (Robert G. Weiner) 1

Introduction 5

Part One. Film

Japan’s 1960s Spy Boom: Bond Meets Imperial Nostalgia (Michael Baskett) 10

“Permission to kill”: Exploring Italy’s 1960s Eurospy Phenomenon, Impact and Legacy (Nicholas Diak) 32

Subverting the ­Bond-Canon in Madame Sin and Se tutte le donne del mondo (Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns) 47

Nation and Action: The Case of the Bollywood Spy Thriller (Ipshita Nath and Anubhav Pradhan) 62

Part Two. Television

Mr. Bond’s Neighborhood: Domesticating the Superspy for American Television (Cynthia W. Walker) 80

The Undefined Agent, Illya Kuryakin: Making the Russian (In)Visible in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Thomas M. Barrett) 103

Who, Doctor Who: 007’s Influence on the Pertwee Era of Doctor Who (John Vohlidka) 121

Refashioning James Bond as an American Secret Agent: Scarecrow and Mrs. King, 1983–1987 (Christine D. Myers) 140

Part Three. Literature

Super-Spies Face the Collective Shadow of the Cold War in Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT (Hannah ­Means-Shannon) 162

Flirting with Bond: Or How I Created My Sexy Female Secret Agent (K.A. Laity) 181

Part Four. Lifestyle

Modelling Bond: The Cultural Perception of James Bond on the Eve of the Eon Production Films (Edward Biddulph) 194

Derek Flint, Matt Helm, and the Playboy Spy of the 1960s (Brian Patton) 209

Part Five. Reinterpretations

Archer: A Spy Parody for the Ears (Ian Dawe) 232

“Sometimes the old ways are the best”: ­Ret-Conning in James Bond Video Games (James Fleury) 247

Afterword (Trevor Sewell) 267

About the Contributors 271

Index 273