Reviewer Praises Ohio Wesleyan Professor’s ‘Hilarious’ James Bond Book

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“The book is very much like walking into a garage in which someone has obsessively disassembled an automobile – an Aston-Martin, perhaps – and has meticulously weighed, labeled, indexed, cataloged and cross-referenced each part and its purpose.”

So writes Jeremy Benson about Ohio Wesleyan University assistant professor Michelle Disler’s latest book, “[BOND, JAMES]: alphabet, anatomy, [auto]biography.”

Benson, writing for NewPages.com, praises Disler for exposing the secret agent, stating: “The result of Disler’s dissection is, in one word, hilarious. She’s helped a little by [Bond author Ian] Fleming’s Britishisms, cartoonishly foreign to an American’s ear and well-aged over the last six decades; but mostly, like a caricaturist on a boardwalk, the humor is in the exploded view of what we could already see so clearly.”

Disler, Ph.D., an assistant professor of English, became interested in Fleming’s books while earning her doctorate at Ohio University. She teaches nonfiction writing at Ohio Wesleyan, including a course that examines several Bond books and films.

Read the full NewPages book review.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities. Ohio Wesleyan offers more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. OWU combines an internationally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that connect classroom theory with real-world practice. Located in Delaware, Ohio, OWU’s 1,850 students represent 41 states and 45 countries. The university is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” listed on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, and included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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