“The Man with the Midas Touch”: The Haptic Geographies of James Bond’s Body

Klaus Dodds, Lisa Funnell

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Bond’s body and haptic encounters need to be examined across various situations, spaces, and contexts. The discussion of the haptic geographies of James Bond should include a consideration of how his body is defined as being fit, sensual, technical, memorializing, and calculating, as well as the ways in which his body changes in accordance with shifting generic and gendered codes in the franchise. Bond, as M noted in Casino Royale (Martin Campbell 2006), might be a “blunt instrument” but his apparent bluntness should not obscure something equally fundamental: he is a touchy-feely and sensuous secret agent. Without that touch and without that feel, he would be a ‘dysesthetic instrument’, and ultimately less likely to serve Queen and Country with any great distinction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-135
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Popular Film and Television
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sept 2015


  • haptic
  • geopolitics
  • James Bond
  • bpdy
  • gender
  • geographies

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