Bibliography Recommendations for Bond Master’s Thesis

The First Bond Film, Dr. No

Since many readers of this blog are highly fluent in this area, any recommendations that are missing that are relevant are welcomed (aside from Fleming's Bond novels themselves).  My thesis is on Fleming, Bond and the relation between semiotics and propaganda in espionage fiction and film. -Jay Most Relevant Books:   The Politics of James Bond: From Fleming's Novels to the Big Screen  by: Jeremy Black   For Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming and James Bond by: Ben MacIntyre   The Bond Code: The Dark World of Ian Fleming and James Bond by: Philip Gardiner   Ian Fleming and James Bond: The Cultural Politics of 007 Ed.: Edward Comentale   James Bond and Philosophy Eds. South and Held


The James Bond Phenomenon: A Critical Reader  Ed. Christopher Lidner


The Man with the Golden Touch: How the Bond Films Conquered the World by: Sinclair Mckay


The Great Game: The Myths and Reality of Espionage by: Frederick P. Hitz


The Art of Betrayal: Life and Death in the British Secret Service by: Gordon Corera


Liscense to Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films by: James Chapman


Various biographies of Fleming, particularly Lycett’s and MacIntyre’s of Maxwell Knight


MI6: Inside the Covert World of Her Majerty’s Secret Service by: Stephen Dorril


A Brief History of Hitmen and Assassinations: An Expose of Political Hits, Killers and their Paymasters by: Richard Belfield


The Role of the Reader (and his Bond works) by: Umberto Eco


Sinister Forces: A Grimoire of American Political Witchcraft Vol. II: A Warm Gun  by: Peter Levenda


Unholy Alliance: A History of Nazi Involvement with the Occult by: Peter Levenda


*There are also several books in the library which are relevant on spy fiction and espionage works, as well as mass media I have marked, but have not gotten to yet.

Possibly Relevant Books:


Wild Bill Donovan  by: Douglas Waller


The Secret Team by: L. Fletcher Prouty


The CIA and American Democracy by: Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones


Past Imperfect: History According to the Movies


DVD commentaries will also be relevant in the film analyses


The Puzzle Palace: Inside the National Security Agency – America’s Most Secret Intelligence Organization by: James Bamford


The Wizards of Langley: Inside the CIA’s Directorate of Science and Technology by Jeffrey T. Richelson


Since the Bond films and books feature the latest tech and surveillance gadgetry, panopticism will likely be relevant, so Bentham and Foucault will come up, as well as articles on DARPA, etc.


The Craft of Intelligence by: Allen Dulles


Analytic Culture in the U.S. Intelligence Community by: Dr. Rob Johnston


The Dialectic of Enlughtenment: Philosophical Fragments by: Horkheimer and Adorno


Anatomy of Criticism by: Northrop Frye


Secret Societies and Psychological Warfare by: Michael A. Hoffman


Passage to Modernity: An Essay in the Hermeneutics of Nature and Culture by: Louis Dupre


The Sociological Imagination by: C. Wright Mills


Symbols: Public and Private by: Raymond Firth


Oliver Stone’s USA: Film, History and Controversy by: Robert Toplin and Oliver Stone


Most Relevant Scholarly, Literary and News Articles:


“James Bond and the Cold War” by: BBC (no author listed)


“What We Can Learn from James Bond” by: Jeremy Black


“The Politics of the Cold War” by: Tony Shaw


‘Spies and Their Novels” by: William Palmer


“Citizen Spy: Television, Espionage and Cold War Culture” by: Michael Kackman


“The Spy Who Loved Globalization” by: David C. Earnest and James Rosenau


“Psychological Warfare and the American Narrative Part IV”  By” Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould


“The Law of Bond: the Semiotics of 007” by: Richard Taulke-Johnson


“Iconographic – Iconological Methodology in Film Research” by: Wieslaw Godzic


“Popular Geopolitics and Audience Dispositions: James Bond and the IMDB” by: Klaud Dodds


“The Semiotics of Media Images From Independence Day and September 11th, 2001” by: Elliot Gaines


“Eyespy Explores Fleming’s Goldfinger Plot” by: Eyespy Magazine


The Shayler Affair Archive at the


There are also numerous interviews and audio programs with intelligence professionals that will be relevant, especially those relating to media, such as the CIA’s liason to Hollywood, as reported in numerous sources like Wired Magazine,, etc.


“Destabilization: Directed Discontent in Egypt and Beyond” by: Phillip and Paul Collins


“The Globalizer Who Came In From the Cold”  by: Greg Palast


There are several scholarly articles and essays I have on psychological warfare as well as semiotics that I have not determined to be useful yet.


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