Exquisitely Evil Programs
James Bond, All-American Hero
Thursday, August 22
Leave your affected British accent at the door!
When Ian Fleming created the character James Bond he made him English to the core, from his Aston Martin to his quick wit and loyalty to the Queen. Historian Jonathan Nashel contends that as Bond has become a global phenomenon something very curious has happened to 007: he has become an All-American hero. Nashel contends that as Bond was idolized by millions of American men during the Cold War, he set the standard for many of them-including President John F. Kennedy-for how a man should act when confronted with danger and how to carry yourself with other men and women. Nashel will show how the various versions of Bond influenced the values and mores behind US Cold War policy and affected the image of red, white, and blue Cold War masculinity. And whether he was English or American, would James Bond's character have been as fascinating without the evildoers in each of his films?
Members of the Inner Circle: $8