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Ian Fleming and James Bond: The Cultural Politics of 007 Paperback – April 20, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0253217431 ISBN-10: 0253217431

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (April 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253217431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253217431
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,875,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A]... strong collection... lends itself to the pleasure of unexpected insights...convincing... brilliant leadoff... does full justice to Fleming’s literary contribution..." —Andrew Hoberek, Project MUSE (MFS Modern Fiction Studies), Volume 54, Number 4, Winter 2008

About the Author

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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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Found Highways VINE VOICE on July 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
James Bond is one of the few pop culture references that writer (and portrayer of Riff Raff) Richard O'Brien didn't throw into his masterpiece, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (At least I don't remember any.) But there's a line in Rocky Horror that applies to the book Ian Fleming & James Bond: The Cultural Politics of 007.

In Rocky Horror, the "sweet transvestite" and mad scientist Frank N. Furter shows innocent young Janet Weiss his Charles Atlas-like creation, Rocky. Janet touches Rocky's firm oiled flesh but says she doesn't like a man with too many muscles.

"I DIDN'T MAKE HIM FOR YOU!!!" Frank answers.

This book was written for academics, not for me.

It's a collection of papers written for an academic conference at Indiana University in 2003. The first half of the book especially is full of the jargony prose that academics use too often. Or, as the introduction states, "This grouping of essays explores Fleming's work as it responds to post-World War II transformations - - theoretical or otherwise - - of subjectivity and intersubjective relations." (My spellchecker doesn't even want to call "intersubjective" a word, but it flagged "jargony" too and I like that one.)

The acknowledgments page thanks the "faculty and graduate students" who attended the conference - - didn't they even let undergraduate students past security? I imagine some freshman with one of Q's hi-tech iris-scanning gizmos sneaking in, just like Bond.

Again quoting the introduction, "In fact, the secret service and academia are linked by this mode: the success of both depends on an ability to cross and confound rigid oppositions, . . ." Come on, guys. I had a Man from UNCLE camera-gun too, when I was ten, but I don't still shoot THRUSH agents with it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The JuRK on January 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
Although the title for my review would suggest that some of the essays included in this volume are "misses," let me clarify: all of them are well-written and extremely well thought out. It's just that some of them are more interesting and entertaining than the others.

For the lifelong James Bond fan, there are some excellent moments in this book. The "Anal Panic in DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER" essay is very funny. The essay tracking John F. Kennedy's love for (and identification with) 007 was eye-opening to say the least. Some offerings go very deep into trying to understand the meaning of James Bond and might lose some fans.

But this book made me wonder what this symposium that gathered these personalities and their theories was like. The introduction made it sound like an adventure in itself!
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