Spectre: Humanity as the Ghost in the Global Machine

The human figure is the ghost in the digital machine –Gail Hamner on the new James Bond, Spectre.


spectre2 Dominated by desert tans and whites (threaded between the expected black and white of our global war on terror), Spectre (directed by Sam Mendes) offers us a Bond (Daniel Craig) who goes beyond his typical cocky roguishness. Keeping his head down and doggedly pursuing the late-M’s (Judy Dench’s) final request, this Bond is a polite (“Just one more thing, Q, please“) and puppy-eyed Romantic (“I would recognize you anywhere…”) whose human loyalty and human risks (“this is my word,” he says as he hands his gun over to a not-quite-ally) show up the state’s fetishization of global information technologies as inhuman in all the wrong ways. This Bond is waging guerrilla warfare against his government…

images-2 …or perhaps it’s better to say that Bond’s guerrilla warfare is necessary because national governments are all compromised by the licit and illicit machinations of global corporate capitalism.

images-1 This film does not fray…

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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