If you apply the 'Death of the Author' theory to the James Bond books, what are you left with?
For this episode, the panel delves into the concept of 'Death of the Author' in the context of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. Is it now practically impossible to read the books independent of the bias created by the reader's knowledge of Fleming? If you remove the author from the reading of the text, is there any objective meaning left? Has Fleming become Bond rather than Bond being based on Fleming? Why did the literary estate start with this concept and then double-down on a reversal in 2008? Warning: the feelings of some continuation authors may be at risk.
Calvin Dyson Reviews Bond channel can be enjoyed at youtube.com/calvindyson
Phil Nobile Jr shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr
Ben Williams writes for MI6-HQ.com and MI6 Confidential
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