All About Bond, James Bond
June 11, 2006 Sunday 2PM CT
He's Bond. James Bond. Fast cars. Dangerous women. His fans span the globe. But behind his sexy spy exterior lie the realities of the Cold War, China and Terrorism. Find out what fuels our fascination with double-oh-seven this hour on Here on Earth: Radio Without Borders with Jean Feraca.
- James Chapman, professor of Film Studies at the University of Leicester, author of "Licence to Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Film"
- Jeanne 6/11/06: "Walter Wink wrote THE POWERS THAT BE, which includes a criticism of the literature and films we tend to gravitate toward that carry the myths we believe, we agree with. This is the myth of retributive justice, which is different from Christianity. Bond seems to fit into this retributive justice, glamorizing blood justice with courtly manners. Have we moved forward through James Bond? There is no peacemaking there? He is very different from Christ or Gandhi."
- John 6/11/06: "As far as the appeal of James Bond, it was not his 'conquests,' but the archetype of masculinity he represented. What I have found is that the villains of the Bond books and movies, especially Ernst Stavro Blofeld and SPECTRE, are perfect metaphors for the Bush regime and its supporting 'Neocons,' the Carlyle Group, etc., the truest archfiends today who are attempting to control the planet."