The Importance of James Bond by Jef CostelloThe Importance of James Bond by Jef Costello

The Importance of James Bond

byJef CostelloEditorGreg Johnson

Paperback | June 1, 2017

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The Importance of James Bond collects Jef Costello’s critical writings on movies, television, literature, opera, conceptual and performance art, and even advertising. Costello is at his best in bringing out Traditionalist, New Right, and masculinist themes in such works as the James Bond movies, Fight Club, and Breaking Bad. He offers sensitive readings of the classics of dystopian fiction, explores fascistic themes in spy spoofs from the 1960s and little-known American movies from the Great Depression, and hilariously demolishes pretentiousness, cynicism, and vulgarity wherever he finds them. The Importance of James Bond is a treasury of wit and insight that establishes Jef Costello as one of the leading cultural critics of the New Right.

Jef Costello is the penname of a high-functioning bipolar narcissist with a touch of Asperger's who resides in a palatial, book-lined apartment in an unfashionable area of New York City. His many essays and reviews have appeared online at North American New Right, the webzine of Counter-Currents Publishing ( H...
Title:The Importance of James BondFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:232 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.53 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.53 inPublished:June 1, 2017Publisher:Counter-Currents PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1940933080

ISBN - 13:9781940933085


Table of Contents


Foreword — iii

1. The Importance of James Bond —1

2. Skyfall — 29

3. The Cat is Back! — 38

4. Fight Club as Holy Writ — 46

5. Breaking Bad: A Celebration — 76

6. Adieu, Breaking Bad — 83

7. Better Call Saul! — 89

8. The Flash in the Pan: Fascism & Fascist Insignia in the Spy Spoofs of the 1960s — 95

9. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: A Cautionary Tale — 107

10. Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. — 128

11. Gangway for a Führer: Proto-Fascist Cinema of the Great Depression — 133

12. Disingenuous Genius: A Tribute to Leni Riefenstahl — 152

13. Why Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows Sucks159

14. The King’s Speech is C-C-Crap — 168

15. Rage Against the Machine: A Very American Ring Cycle — 173

16. Dystopia is Now! — 180

17. Tito Perdue’s Lee — 193

18. The Vermont Teddy Bear is a Giant Phallus — 198

19. Bi-Coastal Adventures in Modern Art — 203

20. Why I Live in the Past — 209

Index — 215

About the Author — 224

Editorial Reviews

“Jef Costello is not just an outstandingly great New Right critic he is simply an outstandingly great critic. The Importance of James Bond will help you to look at popular culture with the monocled gaze of a detached higher being. But in the process you will find yourself laughing out loud at his sharp wit and scouring through Netflix for TV shows and movies that you never knew were so essential. This remarkable collection of essays will quickly become the go-to pop-cultural manual for groovy Radical Traditionalists everywhere.”—Christopher Pankhurst, author of Numinous Machines“Just before the ‘Alt Right’ was something every know-nothing had an opinion about, underground writers like Jef Costello at Counter-Currents were making commentary on popular culture that was truly alternative. Costello’s presentation of Fight Club as ‘holy writ’ is a revelation that brilliantly explains how a movie put dreams in the heads of sleepwalking men that were good enough to wake up and live for: ‘We are all Jack and “Tyler” is not “somebody else.” He is the higher part of ourselves.’ As Costello mentions in that piece, it doesn’t necessarily matter what writers or Hollywood or certainly the actors involved intend, or say they intend, to communicate with a film. Virile characters like Bond and Durden take on a life of their own in the minds of men whose entire existences seem like copies of copies, and remind them who they really want to be, and how they really want to live. Costello’s work articulates what most only feel.”—Jack Donovan, author of Becoming a Barbarian“Jef Costello has the long-time fan’s mastery of the arcana of the Bond Universe but also the rarer skill to convey both the personal excitement and social significance of pop fandom (from fanaticism, ultimately a religious frenzy). Pop culture tells us who we are and where we came from, and Costello shows us the future we can make from it.”—James J. O’Meara, author of Green Nazis in Space!