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Of Human Bondage Ep 2: Istanbul Not Constantinople (From Russia With Love) feat. Chris O'Leary

Hello all!

Apologies for taking so long to update this show. We've been having some technical difficulties and life difficulties largely caused by lockdown. Such is life (and death I suppose). Dead men record no podcasts with the exception of Chris Cantwell.

Anyway, Of Human Bondage, the podcast where Kit Power, Sam Maleski, and myself watch and analyze the Eon series of James Bond 007 films, has returned. This month we're discussing From Russia With Love, the first true classic Bond movie, for all the polysemic pregnancy of that phrase. And for the first time, we're joined by a guest, the brilliant Chris O'Leary, author of the (ostensibly) now completed and sublime David Bowie blog Pushing Ahead of the Dame, its two-part book adaptation Rebel Rebel and Ashes to Ashes, and currently, the delightfully sprawling blog 64 Quartets, which is exactly what you think it is. He's a great addition to our little entourage, and we expect we'll speak to him again down the line (about a much worse movie, per Chris' request). 

It's a great time. Sam, Kit, and I always walk away from recording sessions feeling elated after laughing and commiserating ...

Fall and Rise

There was a fair amount of media chin-scratching last year about a supposed glumness and seriousness creeping into popular movies.  The real trend, I think, is not towards the 'serious' but towards the reactionary.

For one thing, there's recently been a spate of popular, lauded films and TV shows re-inflating Islamophobia (again) in a 'nuanced' form acceptable to liberals as well as to outright bigots.  The much-lauded Argo depicts a heroic CIA rescue of American hostages in Iran.  Always handy, being able to demonise Iran.  (Modern Iran's origin is, of course, a long and complex story, and does not present 'the West' in a good light... which is why nobody balanced and objective ever mentions it.)  The much-lauded Zero Dark Thirty depicts torture as being both effective and morally conscionable, with the only negative consequence in sight being the discomfort of the torturers.  It misrepresents 'enhanced interrogation' as being a valuable technique leading directly to the location of Osama and, by means of ambivalence and ambiguity (disingenuously used as a defence by the director), it effectively sides with the torturers.  To be neutral about torture is to be effectively pro-torture.  ...

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