This new open-access journal is dedicated to publishing innovative and original interdisciplinary research and reviews on all aspects of Ian Fleming’s James Bond franchise.
The International Journal of James Bond Studies aims to develop contemporary critical readings of James Bond across literary, filmic, and cultural history, offering broader criticism of the popular appeal of Fleming’s creation.
‘Given the critical respectability that Sam Mendes and the Bond producers garnered for both Skyfall and Spectre, the time is right for a more sustained critical engagement with the James Bond franchise as a whole,’ says Dr Ian Kinane, Lecturer in English Literature at Roehampton and editor of the journal. ‘More than any other fictional series, the Bond franchise has marked the social, cultural, and political changes in modern British history from the middle of the twentieth century onwards.’
Kinane hopes that the journal will consolidate academic scholarship in the fields of James Bond Studies in particular, and Ian Fleming studies more broadly, attracting more postgraduate research students to this area. But casual fans will also find much to interest them.
The journal is supported by an international editorial board of renowned Bond scholars including Jeremy Black, Tony Bennett, and James Chapman; Bond documentarian and historian John Cork; and contemporary Bond scholars such as Lisa Funnell, Claire Hines, and Monica Germana.