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The year in review: my best stuff of 2018.

Here's a run-down on what I think represents my best work of 2018: blog articles, classes, podcasts and videos. Best wishes in 2019!

Vegas, a bad toupeé and a side of homophobia: “Diamonds Are Forever,” Bond in Context, Part 7.

One of the strangest-ever Bond films has a complicated history, and the background of the time in which it was made is fascinating.

By |2018-10-11T20:30:44+00:00October 11th, 2018|History, Movies|0 Comments

The Lazenby gambit: “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” Bond in Context, Part 6.

The one Bond film starring George Lazenby was made in the midst of a societal crisis, and an existential problem for the producers of the series.

By |2018-09-24T20:30:37+00:00September 24th, 2018|History, Movies|1 Comment

Brave New World, the new cinema of the 2010s [Part II]: big movies, small stories.

The second installment of my analysis of "Brave New World" of 2010s cinema involves examples spanning the globe from the U.S., England, Ireland and Russia.

By |2018-09-18T20:30:09+00:00September 18th, 2018|Movies|1 Comment

Maybe once was enough? “You Only Live Twice,” Bond in Context, Part 5.

By 1967, the producers of the Bond series were trying everything they could think of to keep the movies fresh. Was the cultural moment of the '60s finally playing out?

By |2018-09-13T20:30:33+00:00September 13th, 2018|History, Movies|2 Comments

“Goldfinger,” Goldwater, Civil Rights and Peak Sixties: Bond in Context, Part 3.

The history surrounding the most iconic film of the James Bond franchise involves politics, civil rights, Vietnam and a particularly crucial Presidential election.

By |2018-09-03T20:30:41+00:00September 3rd, 2018|History, Movies|5 Comments

Bond in Context, Part 2: “From Russia With Love” and the curious moment of the early 1960s.

The historical context of the second James Bond film involves the Cold War and hopes for a better world, many of which were dashed by the Kennedy assassination.

By |2018-09-01T20:30:50+00:00September 1st, 2018|History, Movies|5 Comments