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Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik

A Quarterly of Language, Literature and Culture

[Journal of English and American Studies]

Ed. by Butter, Michael / Eckstein, Lars / Frenk, Joachim / Georgi-Findlay, Brigitte / Herbst, Thomas / Korte, Barbara / Leypoldt, Günter / Reinfandt, Christoph / Stefanowitsch, Anatol

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Volume 52, Issue 1


Breaking the Cycle: Die Another Day, Post-Colonialism, and the James Bond Film Series

Walter C. Metz
Published Online: 2014-03-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa.2004.52.1.63


This paper develops a post-colonial reading of the latest James Bond series entry, Die Another Day (2002), a film directed by Lee Tamahori, the New Zealand artist most famous for his international art cinema hit, Once Were Warriors (1994). The paper argues that the film shifts away from the colonialist ideological position of the Cold War-era films in the Bond series. This argument is supported by two methodologies derived from critical theory. First, the film is read intertextually against Once Were Warriors, the Cold War Bond films, and the academic literature on these films. Second, since the film’s villain is a North Korean colonel who has become Caucasian through a radical surgical procedure, Richard Dyer’s approach to whiteness studies is used to assess the film’s surprising position on racial difference

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Published Online: 2014-03-15

Published in Print: 2004-01-01

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, Volume 52, Issue 1, Pages 63–77, ISSN (Online) 2196-4726, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zaa.2004.52.1.63.

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