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London, the Post-7/7 Bond Films and Mourning Work

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-63
Number of pages8
JournalJOURNAL OF POPULAR FILM AND TELEVISION
Volume46
Issue number1
DOIs
E-pub ahead of print18 Apr 2018

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The intensification of London as a viable filmmaking location within the recent Daniel Craig-era James Bond films has marked a turning point for how the series has negotiated 007’s homeland. Conventionally marginalised by Bond’s post-colonial travelogue aesthetic, the emergence of London between Casino Royale and Spectre has, this article contends, mined the imagery of terror(ism) to conduct mourning work for the 7/7 London terror attacks. In examining the Craig-era’s fluctuating portrayal of the capital’s geography, this article argues that Craig’s iteration of the secret agent has become the ideal character through which to articulate London’s tumultuous post-7/7 condition, one connected to a presentation of the capital that has been progressively haunted by the spectre of terrorism.

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