2003: Academics dissect (and then some) James Bond
We were reminded of an event that took on a life of its own: a 2003 academic conference about Ian Fleming and James Bond.
It was held at the main Indiana University campus in Bloomington, where many Fleming manuscripts and letters are kept. On May 29-June 1 of that year, various academics descended on Bloomington to examine 007 from every conceivable angle.
Some of the essays were collected in a 2005 book, Ian Fleming and James Bond: The Cultural Politics of 007. It’s a bit pricey even today, with a paperback costing $26.
However, the book’s introduction can be viewed on a Google preview of the book. It gives you a flavor of some of the subjects discussed.
For example, “Fleming’s Company Man: James Bond and the Management of Modernism” argued that 007 was “less a champion of consumer culture than a hero of the corporation,” according to…
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