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The World of James Bond

2.88  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This book presents an insightful and thoroughly entertaining exploration of the political context of the Bond books and films. Jeremy Black offers a historian’s interpretation from the perspective of the late 2010s, assessing James Bond in terms of the greatly changing world order of the Bond years—a lifetime that stretches from 1953, when the first novel appeared, to the ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published August 4th 2017 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Scott S.
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

There is nothing like kicking back and watching a new 007 film, especially with the signature gun barrel 'walk-turn-shoot' moment and then the famous theme music immediately setting the mood.

I wish this book had some of that magic. Even at less than 200 pages it was sort of tedious, though it was not really overly detailed about either the original book or subsequent movie series. It reads like a college textbook on Bond, and it wasn't surprising that the British author is a historian a
Greg Strandberg
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was a good, and very detailed book, but it was dry at times. We do get lots of info, like Bond slept with 58 women so far in the books/films and that Ian Fleming didn't have a whole lot of money when he died. Bond fans will enjoy it.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m a big fan of the James Bond movies- much to the rest of my family’s regret, I’m sure - and I’ve read one or two of the Fleming novels. This book considers an aspect of Bond beyond his activities- what happened in a certain part of British society that inspired Fleming to create a character who’s become so symbolic of Britain, and what was going on in Britain and in the US that influenced the making of both the novels and the movies.

In the course of the book, we learn how the worldview of Fle
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Just finished reading. Packed full of insight, especially re Fleming and era but also how Bond has evolved into Craig! Need to re-read as so much info to absorb. Makes reruns of books and films a necessity.
Christian Cederberg
A bit rambling about Bond and his times and how the political situation changed from the books to the movies. Not too coherent, and I would have preferred a more linear timeline instead of bouncing back and forth.
Darius Ostrowski
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Could have been better, but got more interesting as it went along.
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Feb 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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A thorough overview of the context of Ian Fleming’s Bond novels and films
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Professor Jeremy Black MBE is an English historian and a Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of America and the West at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He is the author of over 100 books, principally but not exclusively on 18th-century British politics and international relations, and has been described as "the most prolific hi ...more