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The James Bond SongsPop Anthems of Late Capitalism$
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Adrian Daub and Charles Kronengold

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190234522

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234522.001.0001

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The James Bond Songs

Adrian Daub

Charles Kronengold

Oxford University Press

The songs that accompanied the Bond renaissance of the 1990s were deliberate throwbacks. Tina Turner, k.d. lang, Sheryl Crow and Garbage did their best Shirley Bassey impressions, and John Barry’s Bond-sound loomed large. The acknowledgment of Bond’s precarious status slipped into the crevices underneath the smooth, overproduced surface. The women who performed these songs no longer sang from the perspective of grizzled observers or hapless Bond-girls. They usually slipped into the role of the villain, their villainy tinged with erotic longing – a fact that seems to worry these songs immensely. More than their films, these Bond-songs explore the homosocial triangle created by Bond, his antagonist, and the woman in between.

Keywords:   Tony Blair, New Labor, Tina Turner, Cool Britannia, Pierce Brosnan

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