If you are not already aware of the scholarship around James Bond 007, this report for Open Access Week may tempt you into taking a look.
Since the launch in May 2017, The International Journal of James Bond Studies has found a global readership, with hundreds of article downloads, and submissions from across the world. Given the popularity (or, at least, the ubiquity) of James Bond as a cultural figure, this is perhaps unsurprising.
More than that, however, the journal’s Open Access policy means that this contemporary scholarship about the Bond franchise can be freely accessed.
Scholars are all too familiar with the hunt to acquire material that turns out to be reference-only or very hard to find. In addition to producing excellent scholarship and cutting-edge criticism, The International Journal of James Bond Studies hopes to achieve immediate access for those scholars, as well as the wider world of Bond enthusiasts and casual readers.
The journal amplifies this by holding public events with the Popular Literature and Culture Research Group at the University of Roehampton and the City of Westminster Archives Centre, to engage in debate about how James Bond figures within the #MeToo era, and within an increasingly unpredictable global climate. Now everyone can be part of the conversation.