Perhaps better known now from the famous film franchise he inspired, James Bond was first created by author Ian Fleming in 1953, and was featured in twelve novels and two short-story collections by Fleming. Since Fleming’s death in 1964, eight other authors have written authorised Bond novels or novelisations: Kingsley Amis, Christopher Wood, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastian Faulks, Jeffery Deaver, William Boyd and Anthony Horowitz. The most recent of these, Forever and a Day by Anthony Horowitz, was published in May 2018.
Shaken Not Stirred – the ugly reality of the ’80s
The sculptures in this series are a critique of the celebration and glorification of excess in a post-rationalization of ’80s culture, where public political monsters hold power in our society.
These works have captured the ugliness of greed the 20th century, of the pre-mindfulness generation, where an excess of money, drugs, alcohol and power perverted the course of justice or legitimised it. Inspired by the cult films of Quentin Tarantino, the glorification of gangsters in ‘The Godfather’, the sexual politics of James Bond and corruption by the secret service, the greed of Wall Street’s Jordan Belfort and the total ugly excess of money in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, these are the first works in the new series by British artist Debra, who was herself studying politics & working in advertising during the ’80s, before going on to study fine art at London’s prestigious CSM post-9/11.