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Get ‘shaken not stirred’ at Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

14 December 2007

It’s more than 50 years since the world’s most famous secret agent first appeared and yet he remains as popular as ever.

Now Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning is offering a new course which gives students a chance to explore the reasons for 007’s continuing appeal.

The course ‘James Bond in Context’ is included in the Centre’s new prospectus, Choices, listing over 300 courses starting in the New Year.

James Bond is one of the most enduringly popular cultural figures in post-war Britain. Since his first appearance in 1952 in Ian Fleming's novel Casino Royale the character has become a phenomenon.

The Bond novels by Ian Fleming have been translated into many languages and have sold in their millions. Even Fleming's death in 1964 did not prevent new Bond novels appearing. They continued to be written by many other authors including Kingsley Amis and more recently Charlie Higson (of the Fast Show) has been writing his Young Bond series.

The twenty-one James Bond films have taken over $4 billion at the box office making it the second highest grossing film series ever.

‘James Bond in Context’ (from Monday 21 January 2008) aims to explore every aspect of the Bond phenomenon - the films, the stars, the books, the music and other forms of popular culture. To celebrate this course the Centre for Lifelong Learning is offering the chance to win a free course at:

Cardiff University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning offers hundreds of courses covering a range of subject areas, including media and photography, business and management and Welsh.


LEARN9 James Bond Choices

Notes to Editors:

1. A free copy of Choices, and a full list of courses starting in January 2008, is available from the Centre on 029 2087 0000 or visit:

2.Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning

Cardiff University is the largest provider of adult education in Wales, providing 700 courses in more than 70 venues across South East Wales. The Cardiff University Centre for Lifelong Learning provides part time education for adults in 12 of the 22 unitary authorities in Wales, covering an area of population of more than one and a half million. It also offers Professional development courses for local employers, many of which are custom made to suit an individual company’s needs.

2.Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Cardiff is a member of the Russell Group of Britain’s leading research universities.

Visit the University website at:

Further Information:

For further information, please contact:

Jayne McGill
Cardiff Centre for Lifelong Learning
Cardiff University
Tel: 02920 876342

Emma Darling,
Public Relations Office,
Cardiff University.
Tel: 029 2087 4499