2017 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Ian Fleming’s fifth James Bond novel, From Russia With Love.
The novel holds a special place in the Bond canon, for it was this novel that was famously included by President John F. Kennedy in the list of his ten favorite books, published in Life Magazine in 1961, boosting Fleming’s reputation in the USA. Fleming considered ending the Bond series with From Russia With Love, yet it proved to be a launching point for the celebrated film series, becoming the second Bond film in 1963.
From its original reception, From Russia With Love has divided critics: is it a revival of the serious spy novel by a master of espionage fiction, or is it merely a blend of the “sex and sadism” used to dismiss Bond as a symptom of pop culture? This anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the enduring significance of From Russia With Love and reexamine its status as a work that crosses between high and low art.
Paper proposals on any aspect of Fleming’s novel and the 1963 film adaptation, especially relating to questions of the boundary between high/popular culture—are invited. Please send proposals of 250-500 words and brief biographies, along with A/V requirements, to Oliver Buckton (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 15 2017.