College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

The Spy Who Loved Me: Stanley Kubrick, James Bond and Designing the Playboy Imaginary

Stanley Kubrick, James Bond, and Designing the "Playboy" Imaginary

April 25, 2018, 4:30 PM

211 Wishcamper, 34 Bedford Street, Portland

Free and open to the public

Both Stanley Kubrick and the producers of the Bond franchise created cinematic universes that featured the displacement of haptic desire onto the set design and mise-en-scène. The sleek, hermetically-sealed sets reflect a version of the Playboy aesthetic—the creation of a new kind of spatial relation in which architecture is an extension of the body. This talk will attempt to map some of the connections between Kubrick’s work and the seemingly more generic Bond franchise, especially the ways they created films that express complex feelings about both modernization and the past.

Shelton Waldrep is Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine. He is the author of Future Nostalgia: Performing David Bowie (Bloomsbury), The Dissolution of Place: Architecture, Identity, and the Body (Routledge), and The Aesthetics of Self-Invention: Oscar Wilde to David Bowie (University of Minnesota Press); the co-author of Inside the Mouse: Work and Play at Disney World (Duke University Press); and the editor of The Seventies: The Age of Glitter in Popular Culture (Routledge). His next book is entitled The Space of Sex: Gender, Sexuality, and Design in the Intermedial Twenty-First Century (Bloomsbury).


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