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Beyond Bond Spies in Fiction and Film

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ISBN-10: 0275985563

ISBN-13: 9780275985561

Edition: 2005

Authors: Wesley Britton

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At a time when the methods and purposes of intelligence agencies are under a great deal of scrutiny, author Wesley Britton offers an unprecedented look at their fictional counterparts. In Beyond Bond: Spies in Film and Fiction, Britton traces the history of espionage in literature, film, and other media, demonstrating how the spy stories of the 1840s began cementing our popular conceptions of what spies do and how they do it. Considering sources from Graham Greene to Ian Fleming, Alfred Hitchcock to Tom Clancy, Beyond Bond looks at the tales that have intrigued readers and viewers over the decades. Included here are the propaganda films of World War II, the James Bond phenomenon, anti-communist spies of the Cold War era, and military espionage in the eighties and nineties. No previous book has considered this subject with such breadth, and Britton intertwines reality and fantasy in ways that illuminate both. He reveals how most themes and devices in the genre were established in the first years of the twentieth century, and also how they have been used quite differently from decade to decade, depending on the political concerns of the time. And he delves into such aspects of the genre as gadgetry, technology, and sexuality-aspects that have changed with the times as much as the politics have. In all, Beyond Bond offers a timely and penetrating look at an intriguing world of fiction, one that sometimes, and in ever-fascinating ways, can seem all too real.
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Book details

List price: $51.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 300
Size: 6.50" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

WESLEY BRITTON is the author of Spy Television (Praeger, 2004), the first book-length study of espionage television series. He is also the author of several articles for journals, encyclopedias, and periodicals, as well as book reviews and poetry.

Preface and Acknowledgments
The 39 Steps: Creating a Genre
Maugham, Ambler, and Greene: The Loss of Innocence
On the Air, on the Screen, and in Word Balloons: Heroes on Radio and Film before the Cold War
McCarthy, Television, and Film Noir: The Russians Arrive
"Cloak and Swagger": James Bond and the Spy Renaissance in the 1960s
From George Smiley to Bernard Sampson: The Counter-Fleming Movement
The Cold War Inside Out: "Whose Side Are You On?"
From the "Evil Empire" to "The Great Satan": Spying in the Reagan Years
Big-Screen Pyrotechnics and Eyes in the Sky: Spies in a Technological World
Conclusion: More Fact than Fiction: Espionage after 9/11
Notes
Works Cited
Index