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James Bond, a philosophical concept in itself

His name slap as the surname of a double agent of the great days of the soviet Union. Aliocha Wald Lasowski, whose ancestors were born in the borders of the Ukraine, is a university professor, a specialist in political philosophy that he teaches at Sciences-Po Lille. Fascinated since his childhood by the missions of 007, discoveries in the company of his brothers and his sister (with Octopussy, in particular), this researcher iconoclast comes out at Max Milo an essay on her favourite hero, entitled to such a conundrum: The Five secrets of James Bond.

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Taking the intellectual approach rigorous that he followed when writing his books on Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser, Aliocha Wald Lasowski, in an interview he gave to le Figaro, gives the codes "philoscopiques" that have guided its test. A myriad of concepts in which it instructs to capture all the flavor.

LE FIGARO. - How is born your passion for James Bond ?
Aliocha WALD LASOWSKI . - You know, like everything, this goes back to my younger years. The cinema of espionage and entertainment is a fad fraternal. With my two little brothers and my little sister, we have seen Octopussy. With the vcr family we have ironed four times. What a joy ! We have discovered the eyes of the astonished the vehicle airborne pre-generic... in Short, a fantasy world worthy of Jules Verne and today of Indiana Jones opened up to us !

You are close to James Bond as an object of philosophy as a whole. Is this not exaggerated ?
no, not at all. Many thinkers have already analyzed the classics and the comedies of the hollywood cinema. I think that includes, among other things, Some like it hot. James Bond, that exists on the big screen since 1962, and in the literature since 1953 deserved to receive its letters of nobility. It should be understood that the gesture of the Bond is a modern mythology, in the tradition of the Iliad and The Odyssey. Who on the planet hasn't heard of James Bond ? The philosophy is interested in the objects of the metaphysical but also to everyday objects. And what I call the philoscopie bondienne deals with all policy issues, relationships between men and women, the violence, the humour, the manner of speaking, the aesthetic codes. It is an object of philosophical full full, with of code you have to decrypt it.

In your test, you mean that beyond the stereotypes, 007 is a hero ahead of his time ?
This is a moving character. I fight the idea that James Bond would be frozen in a kind of stereotype that would repeat itself from film to film. Each scenario involved a transformation of the world, discusses with the changes. James is never a prisoner of his image. The evidence, it's been sixty years, that he makes us dream.

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you Skyfall , which shows our secret agent prey to the doubts of psychoanalysis, would be, therefore, a demonstration of your thesis...
I did you do not say : the success is stubborn. This is the movie that has the best market of the entire franchise, and I know that it has exceeded the one billion euros of income in the world. This saga, like diamonds, is forever. In this mission, it reveals the Hitchcock with this nasty, beautifully camped by Javier Bardem, who derives the source of its hatred in the revenge. This crack original gives the history of a disorder, additional, well-rooted in our Twenty-first century.

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In your book, you compare the aesthetics bondien the mere dandyism baudelairean. Why ?
That is the fact that bond is a pop icon unmatched ? It is because he is a perfect gentleman, a gentleman of universal, in the noblest sense. I even said that it has created a kind of "britishness attitude," which has been embodied by a Scot, an Australian, a Welshman, an Irishman, and also by two English.
James Bond is not a spy the icy type John le Carré. This spy-there wears Prada. He loves Dom Perignon, the luxury cars, the best wines, the most beautiful women. Luxury, voluptuousness, not too quiet, it is true. And that is why there are, however, a difference between the mere dandyism baudelairean which translates into a refusal of the company. Bond in his own way is unconventional, but it fits. He prefers the Bahamas on the outskirts of Paris. The mere dandyism bondien is more casual, nonchalant. From this point of view, Roger Moore is perfect because it brings the mind to a kind of comedy to the Italian. It wants to be offset. Such a braggart light, he plays with his opponents, with the women, with the missions. But it remains intelligent and we see it today, because there is a continuum. Daniel Craig himself is asking questions. This false casualness is at the bottom a true philosophy.

You use the word " hector " . Vittorio Gassman, according to you, would he have camped for a perfect secret agent ?
It would have been wonderful. This Italian actor, both majestic and anxious would have associated perfectly the master ice of espionage, lost in a fog in london, with a suavity the mediterranean. You see, nothing with this idea, one finds that the gesture of James Bond is going to live, or at least, that it is not close to dying.

Octopussy John Glenn in 1983 with Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jourdan...

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