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Physiques/Physics over Figures: Some Thoughts on James Bond's Nostalgia

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Judith Roof

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Already anticipating the effects of algorithmic calculation and other computer management of human life, the James Bond films regularly pit Bond's human talents against electronic villany, where Bond - and the human - inevitably win the day. From the first film in the series, Dr. No, Bond films have evinced a nostalgia both for a human aegis over computing machines and for a past of human endeavour and victory already stylised as the tropes of the films themselves: prolonged chase scenes, Bond's physical capabilities and inventiveness, his occasional capture and escape, massive explosions, and ultimate triumph over megalomaniac villains. The nostalgia for both human aegis and for a time before computers is not only the basic plot of the Bond films, it is also an intrinsic part of the Bond film ambiance and a continuing cultural reminder about the potential dangers of computing machine rule.
How to Cite: Roof, J. (2020). Physiques/Physics over Figures: Some Thoughts on James Bond's Nostalgia. International Journal of James Bond Studies, 3(1). DOI: http://doi.org/10.24877/jbs.57
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Published on 01 May 2020.
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