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Licence To Thrill written by James Chapman

By: FSWL team
Licence to thrill James Chapman
A new updated edition of Licence to Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films is published by I.B. Tauris. The book is written by our friend James Chapman.

Licence to Thrill follows Bond from Dr. No (1962) through all the subsequent Bond films, exploring them within the culture and politics of the times, as well as within film culture itself.

When James Chapman's rip-roaring journey through the annals of celluloid Bond first appeared in 2000, the London Evening Standard wrote "Chapman demonstrates that there is more to the 007 franchise than just girls, guns and globe trotting", and Stephen O'Brien, writing in SFX magazine called the book "thoughtful, intelligent, ludicrous and a bit snobby. Bit like Bond, really."

Licence to Thrill went on to establish itself as one of the best books on Bond, and one that has made readers think in new ways about 007. For this new edition, Chapman has now brought the story right up to the present, with a revised Introduction, a new Chapter One and, most importantly, full coverage of Brosnan as Bond in The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002), as well as, of course, a brand new chapter on Casino Royale (2006) and Daniel Craig's new-look Bond.

About the author:
James Chapman is Professor of Film at the University of Leicester and an acclaimed writer on cinema and television. His previous books include:
• The British at War: Cinema, State and Propaganda, 1939-1945 (IBT, 1998)
• Cinemas of the World: Film and Society from 1895 to the Present (Reaktion, 2003)
• Past and Present: National Identity and the British Historical Film (IBT, 2005)
• Inside the Tardis: The Worlds of Doctor Who (IBT, 2006)

Book details:
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
Series: Cinema and Society
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN: 9781845115159
Height: 234 mm
Width: 156 mm

"Chapman offers a thorough and lucid account of the Bond phenomenon." - Alexander Star, Civilization

"There are two kinds of academic texts: the kind that contains photographs of Ursula Andress wearing a bikini, and the kind that do not. Licence to Thrill' falls, fortunately, into the first category." -Giles Coren, The Times

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