Simon Schama on the new James Bond

Simon Schama on Ian Fleming and British spy writers:

What these hoary pensioners all have in common is the talent to send up Britishness even as they affectionately rejoice in it. On this side of the pond (with the honorable exceptions of Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, and The Onion), you don’t dare celebrate America by mocking it. In Britain, where during the Olympics the queen became the latest of the Bond girls to surrender to the gentle joke, it’s virtually a patriotic obligation.

I didn’t plan on posting two look-at-America-through-British-media links today, but so it goes.

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