Bond. James Bond.” Since Sean Connery first
uttered that iconic phrase in Dr. No, more than one quarter
of the world’s population has seen a 007 film.
Witty and urbane, Bond seduces and kills with equal ease — often,
it seems, with equal enthusiasm. This enthusiasm, coupled
with his freedom to do what is forbidden to everyone else,
evokes fascinating philosophical questions.
Here, 15 witty, thought-provoking essays discuss hidden
issues in Bond’s world, from his carnal pleasures
to his license to kill. Among the lively topics explored
are Bond’s relation
to existentialism, including his graduation “beyond
good and evil”; his objectification of women; the
paradox of breaking the law in order to ultimately uphold
it like any “stupid policeman”; the personality
of 007 in terms of Plato’s moral psychology; and
the Hegelian quest for recognition evinced by Bond villains.
A reference guide to all the Bond movies rounds out the
book’s many pleasures.
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