John Higgs – Bond, the Beatles, and the British Psyche

James Bond and the Beatles are cultural twins. But they present opposing values and ideas about masculinity that still affect the British psyche in 2022.

60s Britain produced not only the most biggest band in the history of music, but the most successful movie character of all time.

In this episode of the podcast, cultural historian and novelist John Higgs investigates how and why the Beatles and James Bond defined our aspirations and fantasies, and the role they continue to play in shaping British identity. Why did the Beatles really split up? Is Daniel Craig’s James Bond “superwoke”? And how did these twin icons of British culture change the way we think about ourselves? John answers all these questions and more.

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