Item description for James Bond in the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007 (Smart Pop series) by Glenn Yeffeth & Leah Wilson...
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The staying power of the world's most dashing secret agent and the evolution of the James Bond franchise are explored in this smart yet nostalgic collection of essays. Leading writers, including Raymond Benson, J. A. Konrath, Raelynn Hillhouse, and John Cox, discuss the 10 sexiest Bond girls, the best villains, and the controversy surrounding the latest actor to play James Bond. Topics covered range from the playful—how to build a secret lair and avoid the perennial mistakes made by would-be world dominators—to the thought-provoking, such as Bond's place in the modern world, his Oedipal tendencies and perceived misogyny, and the unerring allure of the charming spy.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8" Weight: 0.74 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher Benbella Books
ISBN 193377102X ISBN13 9781933771021
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More About Glenn Yeffeth & Leah Wilson
Sarah Zettel is an award-winning science fiction, fantasy, romance, and mystery writer. She is married to a rocket scientist and has a cat named Buffy the Vermin Slayer. Visit her at www.sarahzettel.com.
Sarah Zettel currently resides in Ann Arbor, in the state of Michigan.
Reviews - What do customers think about James Bond in the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007 (Smart Pop series)?
Nice to see there are others who think way too much about the James Bond books and movies Nov 29, 2006
I'm a sucker for lofty treatments of popular subjects (I loved all those American Studies courses I took in college), so this book was a fun ride. Actually, it's not all that lofty... just light little essays, appreciations, and riffs about the James Bond books and movies. The pieces are mostly on the humorous side (successfully humorous for the most part, thankfully), though there are a couple of pretty interesting straight-forward pieces about different aspects of the Bond literary and filmic canon. One essay, for example, proposes that there are major Oedipal themes in the movie "Goldfinger", and damn if the author's examples didn't have me nodding in agreement.
The book is about 200 pages long and composed of ten or so essays (about eight to ten pages each), with a few one or two page jokey/light pieces (mostly revolving around James Bond's eating and drinking habits and, of course, his enthusiastic pursuit of the opposite sex) scattered among the longer offerings. So, for a week or so, it was pleasant fun to read one or two pieces each night before bed.
Finally, for a small-press book with a light popular-culture bent, "James Bond in the 21st Century" is well organized, nicely edited, and almost completely free of typos. You see, regardless of whether they contain material worth reading, small-press books on "gee whiz/geeky" popular culture topics such as this one are notorious for their lack of production polish and overall amateur air. However, this book was refreshingly free of the "amateur hour" production quality of many trade paperbacks of this type.
The good content and solid production of this title make me want to check out other offerings in the "Smart Pop" series.