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The James Bond Dossier. by  Kingsley Amis - First Edition - 1965 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 129430)

The James Bond Dossier.

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The James Bond Dossier.

by Amis, Kingsley

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London: Jonathan Cape, 1965. First edition of Amis' critical analysis of the James Bond novels. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jan Pienkowski based on the famous trompe l'oeil paintings by Richard Chopping reproduced on the jackets of the James Bond books. Written at the Bond-mania's zenith in the 1960s, The James Bond Dossier is the first, thorough, albeit tongue-in-cheek, literary analysis of Ian Fleming's strengths and weaknesses as a thriller-writer. As a mainstream novelist, Amis respected the Bond novels, especially their commercial success, believing them 'to be just as complex and to have just as much in them as more ambitious kinds of fiction'. The James Bond Dossier includes most of the Bond fiction cycle, excepting Octopussy and The Living Daylights (1966), the final collection of 007 short stories, which was published after the Dossier. Kingsley Amis's argument is that the Bond novels are substantial and complex works of fiction, and certainly not, as Ian Fleming's critics said, 'a systematic onslaught on everything decent and sensible in modern life'. He viewed them as popular literature, akin to that of the Science Fiction texts he critiqued in New Maps of Hell (1960).


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The James Bond Dossier.
Amis, Kingsley
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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.


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