Thailand, Highland and Secret Island: Landscape and Power in Bond Films

  • Tim Waterman
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture book series (PSADVC)


This chapter addresses a lacuna in the study of the James Bond films by evaluating how the landscape settings, from city to countryside to tourist hotspots, have been used to depict and symbolise power. It presents the development of landscapes from early modernity to the present day, showing how they reflect processes and relations of capitalism, imperialism, gender, class and labour. The Bond films also importantly chart an ideological shift in capitalism and nationalism, using Zygmunt Bauman’s framing of ‘solid modernity’ and ‘liquid modernity’ as useful tools for understanding how the global common sense has shifted since the Cold War era with postmodernism and neoliberalism.

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  • Tim Waterman
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  1. 1.University of GreenwichLondonUK

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