Out Now: James Bond & Popular Culture

Out now: includes my essay “Flirting with James Bond” about how I developed the Chastity Flame series. read more at the McFarland site, or just click the picture to buy it for yourself,  or to send the info to your college or local library!


The most recognizable fictional spy and one of the longest running film franchises, James Bond has inspired a host of other pop culture contributions, including Doctor Who (the Jon Pertwee era), the animated television comedy series Archer, Matt Kindt’s comic book series Mind MGMT, Japan’s Nakano Spy School Films, the 1960s Italian Eurospy genre, and the recent 007 Legends video game. This collection of new essays analyzes Bond’s phenomenal literary and filmic influence over the past 50-plus years. The 14 essays are categorized into five parts: film, television, literature, lifestyle (emphasis on fashion and home décor), and the Bond persona reinterpreted.


Foreword (Robert G. Weiner) 1
Introduction 5

Part One. Film
Japan’s 1960s Spy Boom: Bond Meets Imperial Nostalgia (Michael Baskett) 10
“Permission to kill”: Exploring Italy’s 1960s Eurospy Phenomenon, Impact and Legacy (Nicholas Diak) 32
Subverting the ­Bond-Canon in Madame Sin and Se tutte le donne del mondo (Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns) 47
Nation and Action: The Case of the Bollywood Spy Thriller (Ipshita Nath and Anubhav Pradhan) 62

Part Two. Television
Mr. Bond’s Neighborhood: Domesticating the Superspy for American Television (Cynthia W. Walker) 80
The Undefined Agent, Illya Kuryakin: Making the Russian (In)Visible in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (Thomas M. Barrett) 103
Who, Doctor Who: 007’s Influence on the Pertwee Era of Doctor Who (John Vohlidka) 121
Refashioning James Bond as an American Secret Agent: Scarecrow and Mrs. King, 1983-1987 (Christine D. Myers) 140

Part Three. Literature
Super-Spies Face the Collective Shadow of the Cold War in Matt Kindt’s Mind MGMT (Hannah ­Means-Shannon) 162
Flirting with Bond: Or How I Created My Sexy Female Secret Agent (K.A. Laity) 181

Part Four. Lifestyle
Modelling Bond: The Cultural Perception of James Bond on the Eve of the Eon Production Films (Edward Biddulph) 194
Derek Flint, Matt Helm, and the Playboy Spy of the 1960s (Brian Patton) 209

Part Five. Reinterpretations
Archer: A Spy Parody for the Ears (Ian Dawe) 232
“Sometimes the old ways are the best”: ­Ret-Conning in James Bond Video Games (James Fleury) 247
Afterword (Trevor Sewell) 267
About the Contributors 271
Index 273