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Fragments #5: Shaken and Stirred – Continuity and 007

When Henry Jenkins, author of Convergence Culture, interviewed me last year, we discussed the notion of serialization and how it was the unsung hero of comics; I called the “elasticity” of character, the ability of a character to transcend genre, era and creative team over the course of 12 issues a year for x number...

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Behind the Lines with DR: What Makes Actors Movie Stars?

So it was upon catching Skyfall that I thought it the appropriate time to share this true Hollywood tale of lust. My best pal Robert and I treated some of our still-growing children to an opening day showing what MGM originally titled Bond #23. On the way home afterwards, we fell into the usual post-Bond movie stars...

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Meet the Reader: James Bond’s Goldenscribes

The James Bond film series turns fifty this year. There have been twenty-two movies in this remarkable cinematic line featuring the superspy character created by novelist Ian Fleming, starting with 1962’s Dr. No. and followed by From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever,...

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Behind the Lines with DR: James Bond vs. My Big Fat Mouth

I owe much to James Bond. Or to be more accurate, 007’s inventor, author Ian Fleming. I was twelve years old and not much of a reader when I discovered my father’s collection of Fleming paperbacks on a shelf in our converted garage. After the first fifty pages I found myself treble-hooked by the...