The book begins with a section on Bond, exstitentialism, and death that includes three essays that wrestle with the meaningful life and the omnipresent threat of death. The second section looks at the man behind the number with four essays on such issues as phenomenology, Nietzsche, and a view of Bond as a comic and chivalric hero. The third section of the book contains three essays that wrestle with the relationship between James bond and issues of law and politics.
The fourth section contains three essays that look at the connection between knowledge and technology in the James Bond series, and the fifth section closes the book with two essays that examine issues of multi-culturalism, misogyny, and a kinder gentler James Bond in more recent portrayals.
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The supplementary material of the book provides some information that shows that this book only covers up to Casino Real and nothing past that in terms of films, making it somewhat obsolete. Obviously, this book is aimed at people who are both philosophically inclined and who are fans of James Bond.
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I tend to have ambivalent feelings about both James Bond and philosophy and the implications of both, although I did find some aspects of these essays to be worthwhile. For example, I was deeply intrigued by the ongoing popularity of James Bond and his retributive violence and the implications this has for views of criminals as lacking some sort of human rights as a result of their criminality. Even though this is a deeply uneven collection of essays, there is still a great deal worthy of reflection here, which means that the book is at least somewhat enjoyable despite its flaws.
If only all books on philosophy could be this thought-provoking and this aware of the ephemerality of what they were dealing with.
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