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Fan Phenomena: James Bond

The mere hint recently that British actor Idris Elba might take up the mantle of James Bond in future installments of the film franchise was a major international news story—a testament to the enduring interest and appeal of Bond, a figure who has become a true global icon.

Fan Phenomena: James Bond explores the devoted fanbase that has helped make Bond what he is, offering a serious but wholly accessible take on the many different ways that fans have approached, appreciated, and appropriated Bond over the sixty years of his existence from the pages of Ian Fleming’s novels to the screen. Including analyses of Bond as a lifestyle icon, the Bond brand, Bond-inspired fan works, and the many versions of 007, the book reveals a fan culture that is vibrant, powerfully engaged, and richly aware of the history and complexity of the character of Bond and what he represents.

Whether your favorite Bond is Daniel Craig or Sean Connery (or even George Lazenby!), Fan Phenomena: James Bond is sure to go down as smooth as a shaken—not stirred—martini.

150 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2015

Fan Phenomena

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“No self-respecting collection of Bond essays written in 2015, by academic types, would be complete without a look at Bond and gender and the collection certainly boasts a nicely varied selection of topics; from examinations of the changing representations of masculinity in the Craig-era to a defence of being a female Bond fan and an interesting discussion of queer readings of Skyfall from a growing fanbase of online female fan fiction writers. All presented in highly digestible chunks and with an eye toward the casual reader, Fan Phenomena: James Bond offers an insightful, varied and accessible exploration of James Bond.”

Film Ireland

Table of Contents

Claire Hines

The Many Lives of 007: Negotiating Continuity in the Official James Bond Film Series
William Proctor

Fan Appreciation no. 1
Raymond Benson
Fourth official Bond author

James Bond as Transmedia Fan Anomaly
Matthew Freeman

The Ideology of "Ladykiller Jimmy": 007 in Alan Moore's Comics
Jesús Jiménez-Varea and Antonio Pineda

James Bond Fan Edits and the Licence to Cut
Joshua Wille

Fan Appreciation no. 2
Peter Lorenz
Bond collector and artwork creator

The Phenomenology of James Bond
Lucy Bolton

Nobody Does It Better: The Cults of Bond
Claire Hines

For His Eyes Only? Thoughts on Female Scholarship and Fandom of the Bond Franchise
Lisa Funnel

Fan Appreciation no. 3
James Bond
Owner of the James Bond 007 Museum in Nybro, Sweden

'How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle': Unpacking the James Bond Lifestyle Guide
Stephanie Jones

Fashioning a Bond Vivant: Dressing the Fans of James Bond
Llewella Burton

Resurrecting Bond: Daniel Craig, Masulinity, Identity and Cultural Nostalgia
Karen Brooks and Lisa Hill

Fan Appreciation no. 4
CousinCecily and Winter
Cond crossplayers

A Bloody Big Ship: Queering James Bond and the Rise of 00Q
Elizabeth J. Nielsen

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