Call for Papers
Spyfi & Superspies: A Collection of Essays Analyzing the Cultural Response
to the James Bond Phenomenon
Abstract Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013
Since introducing himself to the world at the exclusive gambling club in London over fifty years ago in Dr. No, Bond, James Bond has become one the longest running film series in the history of cinema. The franchise has been very successful with 24 Eon Production films spanning six decades and 12 Ian Fleming books published several times over since their original debut at the height of the Cold War. It is not surprising then that the Bond influence on society has been a long and fruitful one in all media forms.
While there has been much written about the Fleming books and Eon Productions films since Bond’s literary and filmic inception, it is the goal of this anthology to explore other aspects of the Bond phenomenon. Hence, the editor is seeking entertaining, intelligent essays that explore and analyze the global cultural response to James Bond. All media forms are of interest: starting from the 1960s through to the present times. Please do not submit essays focusing on the Fleming books or Eon Productions films.
Here is a list of example topics and titles, but is by no means meant as an exhaustive list:
Films (any non-Eon Production Bond films)
- Amerospy films: Matt Helm, Jason Bourne, Spy Kids, xXx
- Eurospy to contemporary: Lemmy Caution series, Kommissar X, Agent 077, OSS 117, Johnny English
- Asiaspy: From Beijing with Love, James Bond 777, The Mahjong Incident
- Parody: Carry on Spying, Spy Hard, Mystery Science Theater 3000 riffed spy films, If Looks Could Kill, Austin Powers series, Our Man Flint
- The Man From U.N.C.L.E., I Spy, Get Smart, Chuck, MI5 (aka Spooks), Burn Notice
Literature (any non-Ian Fleming)
- OSS 117 (Jean Bruce), Matt Helm (Donald Hamilton), The Moneypenny Diaries (Samantha Weinberg), Young Bond (Charlie Higson), Jason Bourne (Robert Ludlum), Alex Rider (Anthony Horowitz)
- Non Fleming Bond: John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver
- X-9 Corrigan (IDW), Super Spy (Matt Kindt), James Bond Jr. (John Vincent)
- Archer, James Bond Jr., Totally Spies!
- Adaptations: GoldenEye, Quantum of Solace
- Ret-con Bond: 007 Legends, GoldenEye
- Original Bond Stories: 007:Blood Stone, 007: Everything or Nothing, 007: Agent Under Fire, James Bond 007:Nightfire
- Inspired by Bond: Alpha Protocol, No One Lives Forever, Alex Rider: Stormbreaker, Perfect Dark
- Najica Blitz Tactics, Gunslinger Girl, Master Keaton, Darker Than Black
- The Quiller Memorandum, The Ipcress File, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
- “When Nobody Loves You” (Kerli), “I’ll Take It All” (Joss Stone), “Miss Moneypenny” (Placebo)
- June 1, 2013: Abstract of 300-500 words, 1 page CV, draft bibliography
- June 15, 2013: Notification of acceptance/rejection
- November 1, 2013: Papers due of 5,000-8,000 words in length (earlier submissions welcomed and encouraged), contributor release, and short biography
Accepted essays received on or before November 1st will continue through to the editing process. The editor will correct grammatical and spelling errors, however edits impacting the essay’s content will be returned to the author for correction.
The final manuscript will be delivered to the publisher late spring, 2014. Contributors will receive a complimentary book copy when published.
Please direct all correspondence to:
Michele Brittany, Editor
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