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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

James Bond and the Cold War

10th December 2015, 17:15 to 18:15, Elvet Riverside 157, James Chapman

James Chapman is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Leicester. On 10 December 2015 he gave a public presentation for the Centre stemming from his research on the James Bond francise, as most notably seen in his book Licence To Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films (I. B. Tauris, 2007).

This lecture explored how the figure of James Bond acts as a barometer of global geopolitics, making particular reference to Britain and its role in the Cold War. Professor Chapman considered the changing political contexts of the Bond stories from Ian Fleming's original novels to the blockbuster film series, and discussed how Bond - once described as "a sexist, misogynist dinosaur [and] a relic of the Cold War" - remains a global popular culture phenomenon in the twenty-first century.

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