James Bond eats a significant quantity of eggs in the Ian Fleming novels. In contrast to his popular, decadent image, the food consumption that provides Bond with a private identity is simple, everyday food, such as eggs, which underscore his qualities as an English Everyman, who shares the food habits of his post-war British audience, but does so with style and connoisseurship. Eggs possess further symbolic resonances for Bond's character. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, eggs underscore his essential solitary individuality, but also his potential to act as a binding agent on behalf of British society. In Thunderball, in their less than healthy aspects, eggs represent the lure of forbidden food, underscoring Bond's machismo as a lover of food and women.
Research Article| November 01 2012
James Bond and the Art of Eating Eggs
elizabeth hale teaches English literature and creative writing at the University of New England, in rural New South Wales, Australia. She received her Ph.D. in nineteenth-century literature from Brandeis University. Her research focuses on children's literature, nineteenth-century literature, and classical reception studies. She has been reading James Bond novels since she was fourteen.
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Gastronomica (2012) 12 (4): 84–90.
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elizabeth hale; James Bond and the Art of Eating Eggs. Gastronomica 1 November 2012; 12 (4): 84–90. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/GFC.2012.12.4.84
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