The Man Who Saved Britain by Simon Winder
A Personal Journey into the Disturbing World of James Bond

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Bond. James Bond. The ultimate British hero--suave, stoic, gadget-driven--was, more than anything, the necessary invention of a traumatized country whose self-image as a great power had just been shattered by the Second World War. By inventing the parallel world of secret British greatness and glamour, Ian Fleming fabricated an icon that has endured long past its maker's death. In The Man Who Saved Britain, Simon Winder lovingly and ruefully re-creates the nadirs of his own fandom while illuminating what Bond says about sex, the monarchy, food, class, attitudes toward America, and everything in between. The result is an insightful and, above all, entertaining exploration of postwar Britain under the influence of the legendary Agent 007.
 

About Simon Winder

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Simon Winder is the editor of several anthologies, including the highly praised Night Thoughts. He works in publishing and lives in London.
 
Published October 2, 2007 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 316 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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In this glittering gem, Winder (publishing director at Penguin UK) combines cultural history, memoir and a terrifyingly formidable knowledge of James Bond plot lines to produce a hilarious and thou

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James Bond was a product of his time, especially of the effects of Britain’s loss of empire.

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In this entertaining and very funny new book, Simon Winder gives us a rollicking tour through Bondland.

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The Independent

He is especially good on the pitfalls of Fleming's lurid writing style, as in Casino Royale, when Bond embraces a female traitor and slips "his hands down to her swelling buttocks" which he points out gives readers the impression that "her principal symptom of arousal is to inflate like a child's...

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