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James Bond in the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007 (Smart Pop)

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The staying power of the worldOCOs 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 ten sexiest Bond girls, the best villains, and the controversy surrounding the latest actor to play Jam ...more
ebook, 199 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Smart Pop (first published August 11th 2006)
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Pete
This was an interesting collection of essays, however, I found their depth and credibility lacking. I know that sounds ironic when talking about Bond as their topic. Considering previous books from the Smart Pop series in which I have only read Finding Serenity, I was let down by this collection. In comparison to Finding Serenity which was insightful, sociological as well as psychological in its analysis of characters, themes and execution of the short lived Firefly series, The James bond collec ...more
Vikas Datta
Very interesting analysis of how these fantasies expertly served are still going strong... that chapter on the dichotomy between the Bond of the books and Bond of the movies in extraordinarily incisive
Ryan Scicluna
Some good Essays and very valid points. However I did not enjoy the sarcastic or "role-playing" type essays from the HR of MI6 and neither the chapter in which the Bond movies were given a score. I found that to be quite subjective and it did not contribute to the enjoyment of the book as a whole.
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