Blurb

Jonathan Lethem has blurbed Laurence A. Rickels on behalf of SPECTRE:

"Lawrence Rickels offers blazing illumination of the invisible undertow of disquiet and uncanny in our knowledge of culture, consciousness and technology."

Here is the book description:

Ian Fleming whittled the effigy of James Bond out of his experiences with the British naval intelligence during World War II. After the publication of his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in1952, 007 quickly became a cultural icon in the Cold War and a fixture in our collective consciousness. In SPECTRE, Laurence A. Rickels examines Fleming’s novels and film adaptations like never before, looking awry at Bond through the sieve of psychoanalytic theory, history, and Kulturindustrie. Within the Bond universe, SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion) is the global terrorist organization run by supervillain Ernst Stavro Bloefeld. Fleming added SPECTRE late in the game for the crossover into the film medium. The ghostly amalgam of perpetrators and victims of the Nazi era, SPECTRE deconstructs and manipulates the opposition of the Cold War and its repression of the recent past in order to promote the welfare of an organization that is in every sense an underworld. For Rickels, SPECTRE is a theoretical apparatus whereby he monitors and measures the flows, intensities and codings of the Bond universe while using it to read other texts, ranging from the writings of Goethe, Shakespeare and Derrida to the post-Freudian theories of Melanie Klein. This visionary, allusive study breaks new ground while extending ideas developed in such works as Aberrations of Mourning and Nazi Psychoanalysis. Rickels approach is at once playful and pointed as he looms over Bond and lays him bare on the chaise.

Rickels is emeritus professor of German and comparative literature at the University of California-Santa Barbara and currently professor of art and theory at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe and Sigmund Freud Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. He is the author of over ten works of theory and criticism, among them I Think I Am Philip K. Dick, The Devil Notebooks, Nazi Psychoanalysis, and The Vampire Lectures

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