Oct 17, 2021
James Bond and Julian Bashir.
Not many film franchises can boast 25 installments over the course of more than half a century, so for sheer longevity the James Bond cinematic franchise certainly gives Star Trek a run for its money. In some ways, the old-fashioned brutal masculine ethos of Bond feels very much out of place in the utopian Trek future, and yet both are properties forged in the cultural crucible of the 1960s that have been forced to reinvent themselves with every passing generation.
In this episode of Primitive Culture, host Duncan Barrett is
joined by Carlos Miranda for a trip to the Double-Oh Heaven of
Julian Bashir’s favorite spy holoprogram. We consider the lasting
influence of “Our Man Bashir”—not just on the good doctor’s story
arc but on the shape of Deep Space Nine as a whole— and try to
answer the thorny question of what our fantasy lives have to say
about our innermost character. We also ponder whether Commander
Bond of M16 would feel more at home in Starfleet or the Obsidian
Duncan Barrett (Editor, Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer)