September 25, 2020

0066: Killing Fleming

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.

James Page is a co-founder of and the magazine MI6 Confidential

Calvin Dyson Reviews Bond channel can be enjoyed at

Lisa Funnell (@DrLisaFunnell) is Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma. Her new podcast 'Licence To Critique' can be found at

Phil Nobile Jr shares his expertise at @PhilNobileJr

Ben Williams writes for and MI6 Confidential

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