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Equipping James Bond

Guns, Gadgets, and Technological Enthusiasm

The popularity of the 007 franchise depends on a seductive formula of sex, violence, and snobbery. Much of its appeal, too, lies in its gadgets: slick, somewhat improbable technological devices that give everyone’s favorite secret agent the edge over his adversaries.

In Equipping James Bond, André Millard chronicles a hundred-year history of espionage technology through the lens of Ian Fleming’s infamous character and his ingenious spyware. Beginning with the creation of MI6, the British secret service, Millard traces the development of espionage technology from the advanced weaponry of the nineteenth century to the evolving threat of computer hacking and surveillance. Arguing that the gadgets in the books and films articulate the leading edge of technological awareness at the time, Millard describes how Bond goes from protecting 1950s England from criminal activity to saving a world threatened by nuclear bombs, poison gas, and attacks from space.

As a modern and modernizing hero, Bond has to keep up with the times. His film franchise is committed to equipping both Bond and his adversaries with the latest technological gadgets. Simultaneously, Millard stresses, the villains and threats that Bond faces embody contemporary fears about the downside of technological change. Taking a wide-ranging look at factual (and fictional) technology, Millard views the James Bond universe as evidence for popular perceptions of technological development as both inevitably progressive and apocalyptically threatening.

About the Author

André Millard is a professor of history at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is the author of Beatlemania: Technology, Business, and Teen Culture in Cold War America and Magic City Nights: Birmingham’s Rock ’n’ Roll Years.

Endorsements

"Millard's book is a compelling look at how Ian Fleming created James Bond 'in his own image.' It will appeal not only to historians of technology and modern media but also to anyone for whom Bond has been near the forefront of their pop-culture world.""

- Robert C. Post, author of Who Owns America's Past? The Smithsonian and the Problem of History

"Equipping James Bond is a fascinating study of the silver screen's most enduring fictional character, from an especially resourceful and imaginative historian. With skill and verve, Millard explores the technological web within which Bond operates and reveals the genesis of the evil scientists, assassins, seductresses, and apocalyptic threats he faced."

- James P. Kraft, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, author of Vegas at Odds: Labor Conflict in a Leisure Economy, 1960–1985
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