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The audience for The James Bond Dossier are those who have or are in the midst of reading Ian Fleming's secret agent books. Parenthetically, one of the first things Amis explains is that Bond is not a spy, he is a secret agent. Being a secret agent is a more nebulous calling and is rarely about espionage and more often about , pretty much anything M assigns.
Amis came into the literary world as something of a cynic, broadly critical and majestically sardonic. A clear purpose of the Dossier is to give `it' back to those literary professionals who had over analyzed and otherwise over stated the cultural influence or importance of these books. The short answer should be that James Bond is escapist adventure stories for (mostly) adult males. Fleming's goal was to create not so much a believable hero, but one that we (I am a fan too) would be able to blur into our image of ourselves and thereby share his heroics and his women. Bond has to be lager than life, virile and able to live lavishly. Such is how Fleming designed him.
Here it might be fun to consider the adult male fantasy value of a James Bond and compare him to the pre-adult male fantasy value of Harry Potter. Perhaps under the title: My Name? Potter, Harry Potter. Done as a serious comparative analysis might be to make the same mistake of those Amis systematically out analyzes those critical of Bond as Literature (Capital' L').
This should have been a merrier book. As heavy as Amis can be in his humor, I was always looking for the wink, the nudge the acknowledgement that this is not intended as a serious read. Amis works very hard to document his points. He has a detailed table cross tabbing all the major points in every Bond book and short story. For example: here is the proof that the Bond Women arrive at an average of one per book. That is, Amis is better at documenting his conclusions that the other guys. This is a serious point.
Mostly I enjoyed this book. Because of the Dossier, I am likely to re-read some of the Fleming books. Ultimately it became work to read and not the emery entertainment I would have preferred.
The second book is Kingsley Amis' THE JAMES BOND DOSSIER, which for me was the first serious look of why many people were so enamored by Ian Fleming's James Bond books. Kingsley Amis states in the Preface to his THE JAMES BOND DOSSIER that he too was an Ian Fleming fan and that his book was a result of "a modest article of about 5,000 words" that grew into the essay that became his book. It is a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining book subjectively examined in segregated elements of Fleming's books broken down into chapters by Amis.
Written during the same era as O.F. Snelliing's 007 JAMES BOND: A REPORT, Kingsley Amis' book remains an endearing bit of literary nostalgia devoted to Ian Fleming's creation. Amis' book is a must-have.
If you love the Bonds as the light entertainment they were intended to be, Amis shares your enthusiasm and adds some insight and perspective. Well worth perusing.