Secret Agents: Popular Icons Beyond James Bond by Jeremy PackerSecret Agents: Popular Icons Beyond James Bond by Jeremy Packer

Secret Agents: Popular Icons Beyond James Bond

EditorJeremy Packer

Paperback | February 17, 2009

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Why does the secret agent never seem to die? Why, in fact, has the secret agent not only survived the Cold War – which critics and pundits surmised would be the death of James Bond and of the genre more generally – but grown in popularity? Secret Agents attempts to answer these questions as it investigates the political and cultural ramifications of the continued popularity and increasing diversity of the secret agent across television, film, and popular culture. The volume opens with a foreword by Tony Bennett, and proceeds to investigate programs, figures, and films such as Alias, Austin Powers, Spy Kids, the «new» Bond Girl, Flint, Mission Impossible, Jason Bourne, and concludes with an afterword by Toby Miller. Chapters throughout question what it means for this popular icon to have far wider currency and meaning than merely that of James Bond as the white male savior of capital and democracy.
The Editor: Jeremy Packer is Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University. He researches issues related to mobility, communication technologies, culture, and the politics of safety and security. His previous books are Mobility Withou...
Title:Secret Agents: Popular Icons Beyond James BondFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9.06 × 6.3 × 0.68 inPublished:February 17, 2009Publisher:Peter Lang Inc., International Academic PublishersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820486698

ISBN - 13:9780820486697


Table of Contents

Contents: Tony Bennett: Preface – Jeremy Packer: The Many Beyonds: An Introduction – Kevin J. Hagopian: Flint and Satyriasis: The Bond Parodies of the 1960s – Christine Jacqueline Feldman: Austin Powers: Reinventing the Myth of Mod Spies and Swingers – Matthew Jordan: ’Tween Rockwell and Orwell: The Re-Culturing of Paranoia in the Spy Kids Films – Jeremy Packer/Sarah Sharma: Postfeminism Galore: The Bond Girl as Weapon of Mass Consumption – Miranda J. Brady: The Well-Tempered Spy: Family, Nation, and the Female Secret Agent in Alias – Jack Z. Bratich: Spies Like Us: Secret Agency and Popular Occulture – James Hay: Statecraft, Spycraft, and Spacecraft: The Political Career (and Craft) of a Popular Hero in Outer Space – Toby Miller: Afterword: Why Won’t Spies Go Away?

Editorial Reviews

"From James Bond to Jason Bourne and beyond, this book offers a thorough rethinking of the resilient, iconic figure of the secret agent. Jeremy Packer has put together an innovative volume that is a must-read for anyone interested in popular cinema or new directions in cultural studies."Christoph Lindner, Professor of English Literature, University of Amsterdam