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Bond….James Bond

What is it about James Bond? Why did the character spark such a following and why does the character endure? This hour on Focus, we talked about Bond, his cars and his legacy.

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(Duration: 51:26)


Brian Stauffer

This week marks the 60th anniversary of the release of Ian Fleming’s “Casino Royale” that introduced the world to the now infamous mystery man, James Bond. This hour on Focus, we’ll talk with Michael VanBlaricum, a UIUC alumnus and founder of the Ian Fleming Foundation, about Bond’s legacy.  John Cork, co-author of the book "James Bond: The Legacy" and a documentary film maker and writer known for his knowledge of the character, also joins us.

VanBlaricum is an avid collector of Ian Fleming's literary works and related materials. He is donating a large collection of materials to the University of Illinois, making the Midwest an unlikely hotspot for Bond research. There are several events taking place this weekend in Urbana on campus. Find more information here.

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