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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

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

Adrian Daub

Charles Kronengold

Oxford University Press

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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