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AMMI colloquium - JAAP VERHEUL (King's College/UG): "The Cultural Life of James Bond: Specters of 007"

When:Th 11-03-2021 17:00 - 19:00

On March 11, Jaap Verheul (King's College London/University of Groningen) will present his new edited volume The Cultural Life of James Bond: Specters of 007 (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) in the "Arts, Medium and Moving Images" theme group of the Research Centre for Arts in Society. Verheul will be joined by many of the volume's contributors for a lively roundtable discussion. This is a public event, but please register through Google Forms.


Book cover of "The Cultural Life of James Bond" by Jaap Verheul. The cover shows smoky black and white images of several persons, a shadow of a pistol, and features a military-typefont.

The forthcoming release of No Time To Die heralds the arrival of the twenty-fifth installment in the James Bond film series. Since the release of Dr. No in 1962, the cinematic James Bond has expedited the transformation of Ian Fleming's literary creation into an icon of western popular culture that has captivated audiences across the globe by transcending barriers of ideology, nation, empire, gender, race, ethnicity, and generation. The Cultural Life of James Bond: Specters of 007 (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) untangles the seemingly perpetual allure of the Bond phenomenon by looking at the non-canonical texts and contexts that encompass the cultural life of James Bond. This ICOG event welcomes many of the volume’s contributors for a roundtable discussion that examines the Bond-brand beyond the film series and across media platforms while understanding these ancillary texts and contexts as sites of negotiation with the Eon franchise.

About the speaker

Jaap Verheul is a Visiting Research Fellow in Film Studies at King’s College London and a Lecturer of Film Studies at the University of Groningen. His research focuses on transnational flows of film and television in European media industries. He has written on the dual monolingualism of contemporary Flemish cinema, on the co-production of a European heritage brand for television, and on the failed production of fluctuating star personas. He is currently completing his monograph on the formation of European film and television industries after 1989, while his new research project interrogates audience access to film in the age of streaming.