Expert: A Golden Anniversary for 007
September 4, 2012
Texas Tech pop culture expert, Rob Weiner, is co-editor of “James Bond in Popular
and World Culture: The Films are Not Enough.”
This year, Hollywood celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic characters in movie history: Bond, James Bond.
Agent 007’s milestone coincides with the latest installment of the Bond franchise:
“Skyfall,” scheduled for release Oct. 26 in the United Kingdom and Nov. 9 in the United
Rob Weiner, pop culture expert at Texas Tech University, is co-editor of “James Bond
in Popular and World Culture: The Films are Not Enough.”
Rob Weiner, associate librarian and pop culture expert, Texas Tech University Library,
(806) 742-2238 ext. 282, (806) 780-8775 mobile, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- James Bond character expanded to video games, comics, board games, toys, literature
- Bond is known for his gadgets, martinis – shaken not stirred, and the Aston Martin.
- The mainstays of a Bond film include unique locations, interesting villains and beautiful
- Initial criticism and outcry over Daniel Craig as James Bond, and his evolution to
become as much a fan favorite as Sean Connery.
- “Ian Fleming’s superspy creation of James Bond is one of the most successful film
and book series in world history.”
- “Originally, James Bond was very much a Cold War hero, however Fleming’s novels still
have timeless appeal.”
- “Connery will always be a favorite in people’s minds because he was the first to play
the character in the feature film series, but many do not realize that he was not
the first. That honor goes to American actor Barry Nelson, who played Bond in a little
known television episode of the show ‘Climax,’ which aired in 1954.”
- “Personally, I prefer Roger Moore. I love all of his Bond films, even the lesser ones
such as ‘View to a Kill’ and ‘Man with the Golden Gun.’”
- “I also consider the best Bond film to be ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969),’
with George Lazenby in the title role. The film has some of the best writing and plot
development, as well as being one of the more faithful adaptations of one of Fleming’s