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Licence To Thrill : A Cultural History of the James Bond Films - James Chapman

Licence To Thrill

A Cultural History of the James Bond Films


Published: 1st February 2007
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Licence to Thrill follows Bond from the 1962 'Dr No', through all the subsequent Bond films, exploring them within the culture and politics of the times, as well as within film culture itself.

When James Chapman's rip-roaring journey through the annals of celluloid Bond first appeared in 2000, the London "Evening Standard" said, 'Chapman demonstrates that there is more to the 007 franchise than just girls, guns and globe trotting', and Stephen O'Brien, writing in "SFX" magazine called the book 'thoughtful, intelligent, ludicrous and a bit snobby. Bit like Bond, really.'

Licence to Thrill went on to establish itself as one of the best books on Bond, and one that has made readers think in new ways about 007.

For this new edition, Chapman has now brought the story right up to the present, with a revised Introduction, a new Chapter One and, most importantly, full coverage of Brosnan as Bond in "The World is Not Enough" and "Die Another Day", as well as, of course, a brand new chapter on "Casino Royale" and Daniel Craig's new-look Bond.

About the Author

James Chapman is Professor of Film at the University of Leicester. An acclaimed writer on cinema and television, his books include, The British at War: Cinema, State and Propaganda, 1939-1945 (IBT, 1998); Cinemas of the World: Film and Society from 1895 to the Present (Reaktion, 2003); Past and Present: National Identity and the British Historical Film (IBT, 2005); and Inside the Tardis: The Worlds of Doctor Who (IBT, 2006).

'Chapman offers a thorough and lucid account of the Bond phenomenon.' - Alexander Star, 'Civilization' 'There are two kinds of academic texts: the kind that contains photographs of Ursula Andress wearing a bikini, and the kind that do not. 'Licence to Thrill' falls, fortunately, into the first category.' - Giles Coren, 'The Times'

General Editor's Introduction
Preface to the Second Edition
Author's Note
Introduction: Taking James Bond Seriously
The Contexts of Bond
Snobbery With Violence: Dr No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger
Bondmania: Thunderball, Casino Royale, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Bond in Transition: Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun
Keeping the British End Up: The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker
Cold Warrior Reborn: For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, Never Say Never Again, A View To A Kill
Continuity and Change: The Living Daylights, Licence To Kill
Millennial Bond: Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day
Revisionist Bond: Casino Royale
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781845115159
ISBN-10: 1845115155
Series: Cinema and Society
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 306
Published: 1st February 2007
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.6  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 2