Monday, March 23, 2015

The Guardian Gives James Bond and Popular Culture A Thumbs Up

Late last year, my first edited book, James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictionalized Superspy, was released by McFarland & Company. After a year of working with several talented writers from around the world, I pulled together fourteen essays that explored the influence that James Bond has had on popular culture that started with Ian Fleming’s first book Casino Royale in 1953. Naturally, the films did a lion share of promoting the suave and rather aloof British secret agent with a license to kill into mainstream media around the world. The essays spotlighted film, television, literature, lifestyle, and reinterpretations (for example, the video game 007 Legends).

Last night while checking online for any new reviews of my book, there happened to be a new review from The Guardian in the UK. It was a brief but positive review that ended with, “Spy-fi fans will not be disappointed by this well-researched and wide-ranging collection.” Well, that was exciting and three of the essays got a special mention in the article, so I was happy about that too!

If you haven’t checked out my book, you can take a look at the publisher’s listing at McFarland & Company (who is currently sold out) and at Amazon for a sneak peek inside. I also wrote a couple of behind-the-scenes blog post on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 if you want to see the inner workings so to speak.

Thank you very much for your support and if you have read my book (and liked it), please consider writing a review at all the usual places – Amazon, Goodreads, etc.

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