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James Bond:
A Popular Icon on Page and Screen
Oliver Buckton
Lifelong Learning Society Professor in Arts and Humanities, 2015-2016

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: James Bond is certainly one of the most famous and popular fictional characters ever created. Approximately a quarter of the world's population has seen at least one James Bond film. After 53 years- since Dr No burst onto the screen, starring Sean Connery, in 1962 - the Bond film franchise continues to be globally successful. Yet fewer people are familiar with the literary origins of James Bond, or his emergence from the complex life and personality of his creator, Ian Fleming. James Bond would never have been produced if not for the traumatic youth and colorful experiences of Fleming himself. This lecture series begins by looking at the life experiences that shaped Fleming’s imagination—including the early death of his father, his work in Naval Intelligence during World War II, his numerous sexual relationships, and his post-war winter residence in Jamaica. We then delve into the first Bond novel, Casino Royale, exploring the brilliant arrival of 007 in print. We then move to examine several of the key films in the Bond franchise, featuring the first screen Bond - Sean Connery and several other actors who have played the role. We will conclude by examining reasons for Bond’s relevance and continued popularity in the twenty-first century. The format will be lectures illustrated with PowerPoint slides and film clips. 

1. The Life and Death of Ian Fleming: The Man Who Created Bond
2. James Bond’s debut on Page: Casino Royale
3. James Bond Stuns on Screen with Honey Rider: Dr No (starring Sean Connery)
4. Creating the Ultimate Bond Villain: Goldfinger (starring Sean Connery)
5. Screening the New Bond in the 70's: Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me (starring Roger Moore)
6. Bond as Cold Warrior: The Living Daylights (starring Timothy Dalton)
7. Can Bond Survive after the Cold War?: GoldenEye (starring Pierce Brosnan)
8. 007 Reborn in the Twenty-First Century: Casino Royale, Skyfall (starring Daniel Craig)
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Oliver Buckton is Professor of English at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. Professor Buckton teaches courses on literature and film, nineteenth and twentieth century British literature and culture, spy fiction and film, and literary theory. He is the author of two monographs: Secret Selves: Confession and Same Sex Desire in Victorian Autobiography (1998) and Cruising with Robert Louis Stevenson: Travel, Narrative, and the Colonial Body (2007). His most recent book, Espionage in British Literature and Film Since 1900: The Changing Enemy (Lexington, 2015), explores the emergence and development of the British spy novel and film in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He has twice won the University Scholar of the Year Award at FAU.

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Wednesdays, January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 2
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $74
Door price member/non-member - $110

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