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Los Angeles Times - James Bond, all dressed up and everywhere to go

Over the last half-century and 23 official James BondĀ films, Ian Fleming’s super spy has been played by seven different actors under 11 different directors, with 17 different costume designers or wardrobe supervisors responsible for the look of agent 007 and the stylish garb he dons to fight villains or doffs to bed beauties.

The perception of Bond as superhero is actually integral to 007′s enduring popularity, says Rob Weiner, a humanities and fine arts librarian at Texas Tech University and co-editor of the book “James Bond in Popular and World Culture: The Films Are Not Enough.”

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