Geographies, Genders and Geopolitics of James Bond

Authors: Funnell, Lisa, Dodds, Klaus

  • Discusses the physical and political geographies of the Bond film franchise
  • Combines film and genders studies with geography and geopolitics to offer a new and interdisciplinary approach to the study of Bond
  • Explore topics that have been previously overlooked
  • Emphasizes the interconnection of geography, gender, and geopolitics
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This book discusses the representational geographies of the Bond film franchise and how they inform our reading of 007 as a hero. Offering a new and interdisciplinary lens through which the franchise can be analyzed, Funnell and Dodds explore a range of topics that have been largely, if not entirely, overlooked in Bond film scholarship. These topics include: the shifting and gendering of geopolitical relations; the differing depiction and evaluation of vertical/modern and horizontal/pre-modern spaces; the use of classical elements in defining gender, sexuality, heroic competency, and geopolitical conflict; and the ongoing importance of haptics (i.e. touch), kinesics (i.e. movement), and proxemics (i.e. the use of space) in defining the embodied and emotive world of Bond. This book is comprehensive in nature and scope as it discusses all 24 films in the official Bond canon and theorizes about the future direction of the franchise.

About the authors

Lisa Funnell is an Assistant Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma, USA, where she is also affiliated with the Film and Media Studies Program and the Center for Social Justice. Klaus Dodds is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. 

Reviews

“As a Bond scholar and fan, this book opened my eyes to new ways of understanding the Bond films. Funnell and Dodds, both renowned scholars in their own fields, have combined disciplinary perspectives to provide an insightful and highly original analysis of the Bond franchise. This is a very welcome addition to the world of Bond scholarship that will also be valuable for students of geopolitics, gender and cultural studies.” (James R. Chapman, Professor of Film Studies, University of Leicester, UK)

“This book constitutes a significant, well-argued and accessible addition to the field of Bond scholarship, demonstrating a high level of research and discussion. The authors’ approach and methodology offer a fresh and relevant perspective on the subject that will interest both the academic and general reader.” (Daniel O'Brien, Film tutor in Medical Humanities, University of Southampton, UK)

“Brilliantly perceptive and beautifully written – Geographies, Genders, and Geopolitics of James Bond is a remarkable achievement. Funnell and Dodds develop a unique and highly original intersectional reading of Bond’s globe-trotting adventures, which are shown to reflect, reproduce, and disrupt dominant geopolitical and affective imaginaries over time. Not only will you never see Bond the same way again – this book will challenge your preconceptions about the relationship between geopolitics, security, and popular culture.” (Nick Vaughan-Williams, Professor of International Security, University of Warwick, UK)

“With so many books about James Bond treading the same tired ground, does the world need another Bond related book? The answer is a resounding YES! Funnell and Dodds have produced one of the most original studies of how Bond has changed the world landscape. It is scholarly yet accessible for anyone wanting to know more about Bond’s relationship to gender and geopolitics. For those teaching a class on Bond, you now have an additional textbook that helps us understand the meaning of Bond today. Drink a martini, have a seat, and enjoy Geographies, Genders, and Geopolitics of James Bond!” (Robert G. Weiner, Popular Culture Librarian Texas Tech University, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Funnell, Lisa (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • The Haptic Geographies of James Bond’s Body

    Funnell, Lisa (et al.)

    Pages 21-43

  • The Anglo-American Connection

    Funnell, Lisa (et al.)

    Pages 45-75

  • Shaken, Not Stirred: Shifting Representations of the Soviet Union and Russia

    Funnell, Lisa (et al.)

    Pages 77-107

  • The Asian City: Modern/Vertical vs. Pre-modern/Horizontal Spaces

    Funnell, Lisa (et al.)

    Pages 109-134

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eBook $79.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-57024-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-57023-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Geographies, Genders and Geopolitics of James Bond
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-57024-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-57024-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-57023-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 242
Number of Illustrations and Tables
20 illustrations in colour
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