The character of James Bond for many people is intrinsically linked in their minds with particular brands - Aston Martin, Bollinger, Omega, Smirnoff vodka, and so on. This direct association between character and brand highlights the intrinsic role of product placement in the film industry, and in the James Bond films in particular. Selling James Bond: Product Placement in the James Bond Films provides a comprehensive overview of the history of product placement in the James Bond series - charting the progression of the practice and drawing direct correlations to significant cultural and historical events that impacted upon the number and types of products incorporated into the series. While primarily a financial arrangement, it is also important that the practice of product placement be examined and understood in relation to these cultural contexts, an area of research so far largely ignored by academic study. Through extensive content analysis of the official James Bond film series, as well as utilising directors' commentary and industry reports, this book illustrates the strong impact specific cultural and historical events have had on the practice of product placement in the series. In doing so, it provides an exciting and in-depth behind the scenes look at the James Bond film series, and its complicated and sometimes contentious history of product placement. In the process, it charts the gradual emergence of product placement from the more traditional background shot to becoming so embedded in the actual film narrative that they have become simply yet another method for filmmakers to produce cultural meaning.
About the Author: Dr Tanya Nitins is a Lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia, in the area of Entertainment Industries. Her previous work in the area of James Bond and Product Placement includes A Boy and His Toys: Technology and Gadgetry in the James Bond Films in James Bond in World and Popular Culture, Are We Selling Out Our Culture? An Examination of the Product Placement Industry and Adverse Implications for the Film Industry in Civilisations, and Looking, Just Looking: James Bond and the Objectification and Commodification of the Human Form in Research Into 21st Century Communities.