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The James Bond SongsPop Anthems of Late Capitalism$
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Adrian Daub and Charles Kronengold

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190234522

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234522.001.0001

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“Close My Body Now”

“Close My Body Now”

Bond’s Traumas and the Compulsion to Repeat

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(p.185) 8 “Close My Body Now”
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The James Bond Songs
Author(s):

Adrian Daub

Charles Kronengold

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234522.003.0009

2002’s Die Another Day was the first Bond film in decades to seriously tweak the Bond-song formula. Madonna’s song set a new tone for the genre: hers is the first in which the singer narrates from Bond’s perspective. It inaugurates the Bond-song that deals explicitly with the traumatic core that makes up Bond’s persona. From the Bond desperately seeking to “close [his] body” against torture and perhaps rape in Madonna’s song, via the post-traumatic wail of Alicia Keys’s and Jack White’s “Another Way to Die,” for Quantum of Solace, to Adele’s musical psychoanalysis in Skyfall, the Bond of the 2000s is a traumatized subject, and the songs become so many records and treatments of trauma.

Keywords:   Madonna, Alicia Keys, Jack White, electronic dance music, digital sound, digital cinema, trauma, Adele

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