Geographies, Genders and Geopolitics of James Bond by Lisa Funnell

By Lisa Funnell

This e-book discusses the representational geographies of the Bond movie franchise and the way they tell our examining of 007 as a hero. supplying a brand new and interdisciplinary lens by which the franchise might be analyzed, Funnel and Dodds discover quite a number issues which have been mostly, if now not solely, ignored in Bond movie scholarship. those subject matters comprise: the transferring and gendering of geopolitical relatives; the differing depiction and evaluate of vertical/modern and horizontal/pre-modern areas; using classical components in defining gender, sexuality, heroic competency, and geopolitical clash; and the continuing significance of haptics (i.e. touch), kinesics (i.e. movement), and proxemics (i.e. using house) in defining the embodied and emotive international of Bond. This ebook is entire in nature and scope because it discusses all 24 movies within the authentic Bond canon and theorizes in regards to the destiny course of the franchise.

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Bond is saved by Japanese agent Aki driving her Toyota 2000GT in You Only Live Twice, but Bond marvels at the car’s advanced technology rather than at Aki’s driving skills. Other Bond Girls get to perform their roles rather more dramatically: Anya Amasova saves Bond by driving a van into Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me,14 Melina Havelock drives Bond out of trouble in a yellow Citröen 2 CV in For Your Eyes Only,15 Wai Lin physically maneuvers her body while handcuffed to Bond on a motorcycle in Tomorrow Never Dies,16 and Camille Montes picks up Bond and helps him evade capture in Quantum of Solace.

Bond’s world is the casino, hotel, and restaurant, and not the café, disco, and pub. And in each of these elite environments, Bond knows how to occupy the space, and how and where to use his touch (see Chap. 7). By the 1990s, however, Bond is presented as being out of touch in other ways. In GoldenEye, M describes Bond as being a “sexist, misogynistic dinosaur,” signaling that Bond is out of touch with the changing gender politics of the 1990s. She also refers to him as “a relic of the Cold 42 L.

3. For a detailed discussion, see Chapman (2000). 4. For a detailed discussion of the shift towards a more body-based heroic aesthetic in the Craig era, see Funnell (2011a). 5. For a detailed discussion, see Wood (2013). 6. For a detailed discussion, see Paterson’s “Haptic Geographies” (2009). 7. See Rodaway (1994). 8. See Cooper et al. (2010). 9. g. Roger Moore), he is replaced in the franchise by a younger actor who takes up the title role. Some would argue that Moore should have been replaced before his final outing as Bond in A View to a Kill.

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