Roehampton welcomes 007 expert ahead of James Bond journal launch

Ahead of the launch of Roehampton’s new International Journal of James Bond Studies, renowned 007 expert John Cork gave students an insight into his work as a documentary maker behind the scenes on the James Bond film sets.

Posted: 24 March 2017

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In a question and answer session with Roehampton students, Cork explained that he gained unfettered behind-the-scenes access to the filming and production of the James Bond films for his documentaries by demonstrating the quality of his portfolio to the Broccoli family. He emphasised to students the value of being dedicated to your work, which may not pay off for a number of years.

John Cork is a respected American documentarian, screen writer, producer, and director, who has made thirty documentaries for the James Bond film DVDs, and has written the biographies of Ian Fleming and Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, the Bond films’ original producer.

The talk took place as part of an inaugural event on March 7th, to mark the launch of the Popular Literature and Culture Research Group, which will publish the new academic peer-reviewed journal of James Bond studies. John Cork will be a member of the editorial board for the publication.

The International Journal of James Bond Studies will be dedicated to publishing innovative and original research on all aspects of Ian Fleming’s James Bond franchise, offering critical readings of the famous fictional spy across literature and film, and the broader appeal and importance of Fleming’s most enduring creation.

Dr Ian Kinane, Lecturer in English Literature and editor of The International Journal of James Bond Studies, said “it is hoped that this initiative will attract more postgraduate research students in this field, specifically, and in the areas of popular literature and genre fiction, more broadly”.

Issue 1 of the journal will be published in Spring 2017.

Roehampton offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English Literature, for more information please see our department page.

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