Call for Papers Special Themed Issue on James Bond Spectre and the Daniel Craig Era

Call for Papers

Special Themed Issue on James Bond

Spectre and the Daniel Craig Era

The release of Spectre (2015), the 24th James Bond film, has been accompanied by much speculation in the critical and popular media about the film. From discussions about casting and characterization to the circulation of photographs of shooting locations to conversations about the style and tone of the new Bond song, Spectre has been a topic of conversation long before the film was released. As the film debuts in various international markets, anticipation and conjecture are steadily being replaced by questions about the current direction of the series and speculation as to whether the franchise even has a future. As Daniel Craig reportedly noted, he would rather “slash his wrists” than play James Bond for a fifth time, just before British critics, as it turns out, celebrated his performance in Spectre.

The Journal of Popular Film & Television will address these questions in a special James Bond themed issue focusing on Spectre (2015) and the other Daniel Craig James Bond films: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Skyfall (2012). This special issue will be edited by Dr. Lisa Funnell (University of Oklahoma) and Dr. Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway, University of London). We are interested in papers that analyze Spectre and the other Craig era films from a socio-cultural perspective and address topics such as:


-villainy from individual villains to organizations like Quantum and Spectre

-narrative structure, style, and tone

-inclusion, adaptation, and/or absence of traditional Bond elements

-geopolitics and geographies of Bond


-social locations such as gender, race, class, sexual orientation, ability, nationality, etc.

-action aesthetics/choreography and the body

-nationality, (post)colonialism, and/or imperialism

-post-9/11 and/or post-7/7 context

-terrorism (domestic, cyber, nuclear, corporate)

-technology and gadgetry (or lack thereof)

Submissions should be 5000 to 7000 words in length (including bibliography and notes), be double spaced in Times New Roman font, and adhere to MLA style. Please include a 100 word abstract and 5-7 key words to facilitate online searches. Send an electronic copy of your submission in .doc or .docx format to Dr. Lisa Funnell and Dr. Klaus Dodds by August 21, 2016.

For more information about the Journal of Popular Film and Television, please see

Any inquiries about the special themed issue on James Bond should be directed towards Dr. Lisa Funnell or Dr. Klaus Dodds

Editor Bios:

Lisa Funnell, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She is the editor of For His Eyes Only: The Women of James Bond (Wallflower 2015) and has published extensively on gender and feminism in James Bond. She is currently writing a book with Klaus Dodds on The Geographies, Genders, and Geopolitics of James Bond (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming)

Klaus Dodds, Ph.D. is Professor of Geopolitics at Royal Holloway, University of London. He has written numerous articles on the popular geopolitics of James Bond and other spies/assassins including Jason Bourne. His book with Columbia University Press on International Politics and Film co-written with Sean Carter was published in May 2014.

They recently published “‘The Man with the Midas Touch’: The Haptic Geographies of James Bond’s Body” Journal of Popular Film and Television 43(2015): 121-135.


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