James Bond, The Last Englishman

As part of the Ian Fleming centenary, Prof David Cannadine sets James Bond and his creator in their historical context.

He suggests that Bond was popular not just because he was sexy and suave - he was seen as a consoling fantasy for a country that had lost an Empire but not yet found a role in the world.

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As part of the Ian Fleming centenary, Prof David Cannadine sets James Bond and his creator in their historical context.

He suggests that Bond was popular not just because he was sexy and suave - he was seen as a consoling fantasy for a country that had lost an Empire but not yet found a role in the world.