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For Eyes and Ears Only: Reflections on SAMLA 2021

Article by Jeffrey Susla, Nichols College For the past six years, James Bond has had a prominent place at the annual South Atlantic Modern Language Association conference. In November 2021, it was held virtually and the sessions on Bond “Networks” were co-chaired by Oliver Buckton, Professor of English at Florida Atlantic University, and Matthew Sherman,…

Bond Networks: Connecting Fleming, 007 & The Spy World

This year’s SAMLA 2021 conference is the theme of “Social Networks/Social Distances,” and they are inviting paper proposals on any aspects of Bond, Fleming, and Networks. This could include the way James Bond interacts with and/or distances from various spy networks, such as the Soviet noir SMERSH, the international terror organization SPECTRE, and the Cambridge…

Illustration ©2018 Fay Dalton from The Folio Society edition of Ian Fleming’s Dr. No

SAMLA Conference 2020 – Agent Provocateur

From the first publication of Fleming’s James Bond novels in the 1950s, up to the troubled and controversial production of No Time To Die – the 25th Bond film–the persona and milieu of Bond has attracted scandal. Lambasted in 1958 by Paul Johnson for “sex, snobbery, and sadism” Fleming’s novels attracted still more notoriety when…

James Bond SAMLA Call For Papers 2019 – Goldfinger & OHMSS

We have two more calls for papers for the annual SAMLA conference between November 15-17, 2019 in Atlanta. Please send 250-word proposals, brief bios, and A/V requirements to Oliver Buckton (obuckton@fau.edu) and Matt Sherman (baconbond@gmail.com) by May 15th, 2019. James Bond as Popular Icon: Goldfinger at 60 (and 55) Goldfinger—the seventh James Bond novel by…

Bond In The Spotlight: SAMLA and 007 In Conference

Article by Matt Sherman I felt lucky to join November’s annual gathering of Bond fanatics for debate, discourse and delicious cocktails, a celebration of all things 007 with professors and their students. Learn why SAMLA is fast turning into Bond Brains Central. ** When my friend and fellow 007 collector Carlos Perez contacted me about…

SAMLA Conference: From Russia With Love at 60

This year’s SAMLA Conference takes place between November 3-5 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia and this year, the topic is ‘From Russia with Love At 60: Serious Spy novel or popular escapism?‘. Once again Oliver Buckton chairs the event, which proves to be a classic. Friday November 3 10:00AM-11:30AM Elyn Achtymichuk, University of Saskatchewan…