Spies may be one of the longest standing genres in pop culture. From James Bond to Maxwell Smart to Jason Bourne, spies have been ever present on the screen for as long as there has been motion picture cinema. They also have a steady presence in books and comics and other literature. And yet, the spy is an often neglected popular culture genre. Did you know that there was an entry in the Kingsman movie franchise that premiered just this week?There have been 25(or 27) Bond films, 5 Bourne films, 3 Kingsman films, tons of novels and comic in each franchise, and countless other soy franchises, and somehow we’ve done 193 episodes of this show and never once devoted an episode to any of them. We’re aware of them… we just don’t “see” them. After all, they’re spies! That’s the whole point, right?
Well, we’re going to see them now! On this week’s show Monica and Mav are joined by returning guest Anna Peppard as well as new guest Tricia Jenkins to talk all about spies in film (and other media). Join us as we talk not only about the cultural significance of Bond and other characters, ways in which the genre responds to and addresses changing cultural conceptions of race, gender and sexuality. Is the spy genre different from he spy thriller genre? Listen and find out. Then let us know what you think in the comments below.
Citations and Links:
- This episode’s Call for Comments
- The CIA in Hollywood: How the Agency Shapes Film and Television by Tricia Jenkins
- Superheroes, Movies, and the State: How the U.S. Government Shapes Cinematic Universes by Tricia Jenkins & Tom Secker
- Fashioning James Bond: Costume, Gender and Identity in the World of 007 by Llewella Chapman
- Dressed to Kill: James Bond – the Suited Hero edited by Jay McInerney
- Supersex: Sexuality, Fantasy, and the Superhero edited by Anna Peppard
- Thank you to Maximilian’s thoughtForm Music for our theme
- Find out more about Tricia at triciajenkins.com
- Listen to Anna on the Oh Gosh, Oh Golly, Oh Wow (with Mav) and Three Panel Contrast podcasts
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