James Bond in the 21st Century

Why We Still Need 007
Edited by Glenn Yeffeth

The staying power of the world’s most dashing secret agent and the evolution of the James Bond franchise are explored in this smart yet nostalgic collection of essays. Leading writers discuss the 10 sexiest Bond girls, the best villains and the controversy surrounding the latest actor to play James Bond. 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 complex and perceived misogyny, and the unerring allure of the charming spy.

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Indecision and the Fan Girl: A Guest Post
Posted August 2nd

Guest Post by Kristine Kathryn Rusch


Inspired by a similar post the Smart Pop team posted a couple months ago, we’ve asked some of our contributors’ to provide guest posts with their favorite Smart Pop essays selected. First up is the talented Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s picks.


When the kind folks at BenBella asked me to write a blog about my three favorite essays in the Smart Pop series, I said yes. Sounds easy, right? Three favorite. Sure, no problem.

Until I actually sat down to write the blog. Then...

What Smart Pop book do you wish we’d make?
Posted April 20th | 46 Comments »

Even though officially Leah and I love all our Smart Pop titles equally (said in the most diplomatic voice possible), secretly we still have our favorites. Unlike parents, I think it’s okay to admit that. Leah harbors a special affection for our James Bond anthology. Even though my personal favorite property we’ve covered is Veronica Mars (I’m still torn up over it’s early cancellation, the one that happened three years ago), my favorite Smart Pop title was Coffee at Luke’s. I read the book before watching...

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