The Man Who Saved Britain

The Man Who Saved Britain

A Personal Journey Into the Disturbing World of James Bond

Book - 2006
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As victory over Japan was declared in 1945, Britain was a relieved but also a profoundly traumatized country. The war had ruined Britain's image of itself as a great power. This book explores this trauma through a quintessential British figure of the time, the great necessary invention, James Bond.
Publisher: London : 2006
ISBN: 9780330439541
0330439545
Branch Call Number: ANF 823.914 WIND
Characteristics: 291 p. ; 22 cm

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lukasevansherman
Dec 16, 2015

Whatever you think of James Bond, there's no denying his iconic stature. No doubt timed to dovetail with the release of "Casino Royale," English author Simon Winder's new book on Bond is both a brisk cultural history and a deconstruction of the Bond myth. Winder grew up with Bond and weaves in personal anecdotes with reflections on the decayed, failing British Empire the produced Bond. Winder sees the Bond of the books and the films as a kind of pop fantasty of imperial conquest and ruthless efficiency in a time of Britain's utter, almost comical decline. Winder's writing is breezy, tart, and highly opinionated and his placing Bond in a specifically English context is often illuminating. However, there's also a school marmish disapproving streak that seems to miss out on just how fun the best Bonds are, this in spite of sexism, racism, imperialism, and pretty much any un-p.c. charge you want to launch. He also doesn't quote from many sources (like other nationalities' views on Bond) giving the book an overly personal slant. Still, it is an always entertaining and sometimes insightful take on one of England's great contributions to pop culture.

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