Becoming Bond

Becoming Bond, by Jason Wain is a well written exploration of the Bond phenomenon through a personal journey to become like Bond.


Jason Wain takes a journey into the heart of a global phenomenon, discovering the secrets of the hero who will not die. After 50 years of being on our screens, 22 films (with a 23rd well on the way) and almost 60 years since the publication of Ian Fleming's debut novel Casino Royale, James Bond has become an icon of popular culture and warrants serious investigation and academic consideration. On this basis, and on that of understanding the nature of fantasy, Becoming Bond investigates the James Bond phenomenon through asking three questions: Why is James Bond so enduringly successful against the odds? Why do we want to be James Bond? And can we be James Bond? From Driving an Aston Martin through to visiting Pinewood Studios, Becoming Bond utilises the lethal weapons of the photographic image and the written word to answer these questions on a journey of personal identity, reflection and investigation. Includes interviews with Charlie Higson (author of the Young Bond series, read the interview here) and Remmert van Braam (founder of the Bond Lifestyle website).

Becoming Bond was exhibited at the Free Range graduate exhibition in Brick Lane, London, from the 14th - 18th June 2012. The private view took place at 18:00 – 22:00 on the 14th. For more information visit www.jasonwain.co.uk/becomingbond and www.free-range.org.uk

Becoming Bond by Jason Wain is a well written exploration of the Bond phenomenon through a personal journey to become like Bond. Preview and purchase this book at Blurb.com.

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Comments

No. Sorry. Way too young. Is that fair? No. Does that impact on the value of his writing? It sure as Hell can, but even if it doesn't, so much of Bond deals with appearance, and this young man, who is to be complimented on his courage and ambition, must also realize, he hasn't yet earned his scars and stars yet--at least enough to be Bond.
It's too often today that young men look to emulate the "bro culture" vice men of substance. I applaud Mr. Wain's efforts to emulate Mr. Bond and his style. Although it is difficult to take advice from a young man who has not been through the ups and downs of adulthood yet. Keep at it though as this young man is showing some fire in the belly.
Visited the exhibtion yesterday and enjoyed meeting Mr Wain and chatting to him for a while and of course reading his book, and whilst he is a fair bit younger then myself it was refreshing to know that the phenomenon that is Bond still has the ability to stir a younger audience after over half a century.

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