James Bond 007 – Agent des Zeitgeistes
1. Edition 2012
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
James Bond films have been box-office successes for over 50 years now, and despite the many men who have played him, the figure remains a well-known brandname. Why His Majesty’s secret agent 007 has been so successful and how the films about him reflect the respective eras is the subject of this very entertaining volume.
“Shaken, not stirred,” fast cars and attractive Bond girls (and many other ingredients) have made Bond one of the most famous secret agents in the history of film. The structure of the James Bond films has changed little in the past 50 years, though it is amazing how much the trends and fashions of the respective era are reflected in the details shown on screen. The psychologist and Bond expert Werner Greve looks at the films from the various phases and makes out a number of “signs of the times” – which he transforms into color graphs. This brilliant and gripping narration reveals the changing habits, moral ideas (“Licence to Kill”) and cliches. In the end the following is always true: James Bond is always up to date.