- Hardcover: 142 pages
- Publisher: New American Library (June 1965)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9997512286
- ISBN-13: 978-9997512284
- Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The James Bond Dossier Hardcover – June, 1965
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As stated earlier, Amis was himself a bond-fan, and said to Fleming once: "Mr Fleming, You are the only author whom I can say 'I have read all your books, and have enjoyed them thouroughly'". A due credit.
If you love the Bonds as the light entertainment they were intended to be, Amis shares your enthusiasm and adds some insight and perspective. Well worth perusing.
The audience for The James Bond Dossier are those who have or are in the midst of reading Ian Fleming's secret agent books. Parenthetically, one of the first things Amis explains is that Bond is not a spy, he is a secret agent. Being a secret agent is a more nebulous calling and is rarely about espionage and more often about , pretty much anything M assigns.
Amis came into the literary world as something of a cynic, broadly critical and majestically sardonic. A clear purpose of the Dossier is to give `it' back to those literary professionals who had over analyzed and otherwise over stated the cultural influence or importance of these books. The short answer should be that James Bond is escapist adventure stories for (mostly) adult males. Fleming's goal was to create not so much a believable hero, but one that we (I am a fan too) would be able to blur into our image of ourselves and thereby share his heroics and his women. Bond has to be lager than life, virile and able to live lavishly. Such is how Fleming designed him.
Here it might be fun to consider the adult male fantasy value of a James Bond and compare him to the pre-adult male fantasy value of Harry Potter. Perhaps under the title: My Name? Potter, Harry Potter. Done as a serious comparative analysis might be to make the same mistake of those Amis systematically out analyzes those critical of Bond as Literature (Capital' L').Read more ›
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Interesting essay on James Bond. I prior to this had not thought of James Bond the iconic character of our times in these termsPublished 5 months ago by William
to read a polished writer sticking it to the high brow or otherwise conventional critics and self appointed experts (Christopher Hitchens did for an entire living) and here we have... Read morePublished on December 16, 2013 by Christopher Junker
There are two books I find to be superior on the subject of examining Ian Fleming's James Bond novels and short stories. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by gobirds2