Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Scott Higgins

Major

Film Studies

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

Consisting of twenty-four films over a period of fifty-five years, the James Bond film franchise has proved the most successful and prolific in history. From the very first film, Dr. No (1962), to the most recent, Spectre (2015), this franchise prides itself on maintaining a loyal and committed fan base, while still keeping pace with its contemporary cinema, cultural circumstances, and the ever-changing expectations of its audiences. This thesis explores the various critical turning points in the franchise's history, and defends the notion that, unlike other popular film franchises, James Bond works because it changes.

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