The Man with the Red Tattoo

The Man with the Red Tattoo

James Bond is sent to investigate the mysterious ailment that claimed the lives of a young woman and her family on a flight from Tokyo to London, a probe that leads 007 into a conspiracy involving genetic research and the Yakuza.

Tattoos, Desire and Violence

Marks of Resistance in Literature, Film and Television

Tattoos, Desire and Violence

Whether they graphically depict an individual’s or a community’s beliefs, express the defiance of authority, or brand marginalized groups, tattoos are a means of interpersonal communication that dates back thousands of years. Evidence of the tattoo’s place in today’s popular culture is all around—in advertisements, on the stereotypical outlaw character in films and television, in supermarket machines that dispense children’s wash-away tattoos, and even in the production of a tattooed Barbie doll. This book explores the tattoo’s role, primarily as an emblem of resistance and marginality, in recent literature, film, and television. The association of tattoos with victims of the Holocaust, slaves, and colonized peoples; with gangs, inmates, and other marginalized groups; and the connection of the tattoo narrative to desire and violence are discussed at length.

James Bond, Choice of Weapons

Three 007 Novels

James Bond, Choice of Weapons

Collects three full-length novels and two short stories on the famed British spy, where he finds himself investigating the British handover of Hong Kong to China, and stopping a Japanese crime ring from committing mass murder.

Chromed: Upgrade

A Cyberpunk Contingency

Chromed: Upgrade

It’s 2150AD. There hasn’t been a corporate war… until now. Mason Floyd is an augmented syndicate enforcer at the top of his game. His job is asset protection and acquisition, no questions asked. Company tech is stolen on Mason’s watch. Rival megacorps want it, and they don’t mind killing him to get it. Framed for the theft, Mason runs. He tangles with off-grid rockstar Sadie Freeman on the grimy seam between the powerful and poor. Together they uncover a secret an entire city died to keep. Hunted and desperate, they must team up to survive. Together Mason and Sadie can save the world. Apart, both are lost. They must trust each other or die. Megacorps. Cyborgs. AI. Gene-spliced monsters. Syndicate enforcers. Off-grid illegals. Supersoldiers. Rock music. Violence. Einstein-Rosen bridges. Liquor. Enhanced reflexes. Power armor and energy weapons. Full body replacements. Swearing. Mind control. Telekenetics. G-Men. Drugs. Neural links. Orbital cannons. THIS IS CYBERPUNK.

Sanctuary in Chef Voleur

Sanctuary in Chef Voleur

SHE WAS A COMPLICATION P.I. MACK GRIFFIN DIDN'T NEED—BUT A TEMPTATION HE COULDN'T RESIST. From the moment he opens his door to her, P.I. Mack Griffin knows he's inviting trouble. Not only has Hannah Martin fled to New Orleans after witnessing a brutal murder, but the killer has kidnapped her ailing mother. Nothing but trouble, so… Why does the sexy P.I. decide to help Hannah and keep her safe? Because watching her fight for justice while trying to stay alive demonstrates a bravery he finds nothing short of amazing. With criminals on their trail and everything to lose, Mack will be there for her as any professional investigator would. And yet winning this battle has suddenly turned into something much more personal.

The Many Lives and Deaths of James Bond

Second Edition

The Many Lives and Deaths of James Bond

THE MANY LIVES AND DEATHS OF JAMES BOND looks at both the James Bond novels, and the James Bond films, and how they have related to each other and pop culture as a whole, from the place of Ian Fleming in the history of the spy novel, to the impact of the early Bond films on the action movie, to how the series has responded to six decades of political and cultural change. This second edition of the book up to date with coverage of the fiftieth anniversary film SKYFALL, and William Boyd's Bond novel, SOLO.

James Bond in the 21st Century

Why We Still Need 007

James Bond in the 21st Century

Writings by Raymond Benson, J. A. Konrath, and many more on the secret agent and pop-culture icon. In this book about the world’s most dashing secret agent and the evolution of the James Bond franchise, leading writers including Raymond Benson, J. A. Konrath, Raelynn Hillhouse, and John Cox discuss the ten sexiest Bond girls, the best villains, and the battles over which actor should play the incomparable superspy. Topics covered range from the playful—how to build a secret lair and avoid the perennial mistakes made by would-be world dominators—to the thought-provoking, such as Bond’s place in the modern world, his Oedipal tendencies and perceived misogyny, and his unerring allure. It’s a feast for fans who can’t get enough of their hero.

The Rough Guide to James Bond

The Rough Guide to James Bond

This new Rough Guide is devoted to James Bond, the most famous fictional character of the 20th century. There's no one quite like 007, the secret agent whose identity is the world's worst kept secret and who is still the movie hero most men really aspire to be.

Jethro Tull

Jethro Tull

The Legendary Jethro Tull - How many rock bands from the sixties can you name that are still around today? Probably not that many. There are a couple — the Rolling Stones, Santana-but most have broken up, stopped recording, and reappear only for the ubiquitous 'reunion' tours. Jethro Tull is one band that formed in 1968 and are still going strong, thanks to the leadership, vision, and extraordinary talent of its leader, Ian Anderson. Named after the 17th Century inventor of the seed drill, Jethro Tull have always been controversial, challenging, and completely impossible to categorize. Are they rock? Blues? 'Progressive'? English folk? These labels merely begin to describe Jethro Tull's eclectic and imaginative music. Author Raymond Benson looks at this legendary rock band and analyzes their place in pop music history. He examines every Jethro Tull album—track listing, personnel, cover art, recording history, and content. A handy rating system informs Tull newbies where to start and provides longtime fans with fodder for debate. A book for both the casual and hard-core fan, Jethro Tull is an insightful companion to enhance one's listening pleasure.

The Bond Files

An Unofficial Guide to the World's Greatest Secret Agent

The Bond Files

Which Bond films did Stanley Kubrick and Francis Ford Coppola help out on? When did Bond meet Playboy millionaire Hugh Hefner? How many times has 009 been killed? This guide is a detailed study of the James Bond phenomenon, from the early days in the 1950s before the films, up to the 20th Bond adventure in 2002. It features observations and comments on plot, location details and categories including toys for the boys, sadism, mistakes can be fatal and lines to rewind for. It chronicles James Bond's every appearance in novels, comics, films and TV - from the best known to the most obscure facts about James Bond that even the world's greatest secret agent has forgotten. This third edition has been revised and updated to include the 20th Bond film, Die Another Day.