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Taster Event: Lecture 

Professor Nathan Abrams and Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum
Shaken and Stirred: The Jewish Origins and Themes of James Bond

Monday 4 February

8pm / 1.5hrs


London School of Jewish Studies, Schaller House, Wohl Campus  for Jewish Education, 44a Albert Road, London,
NW4 2SJ.

£12 full price / £10 concessions


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James Bond
Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum
Professor Nathan Abrams

The talk:


Director Sam Mendes’s 007 is more personal than all previous Bonds: we have an origin story, identity crises and a plethora of biblical imagery. From the Jew who inspired Fleming’s Bond – Sidney Reilly, born Shlomo Rosenblum – to the latest movie in the franchise, this presentation uncovers the Jewish themes of the spy of spies. It will explore Jewish and biblical interpretations of the Bond films.




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The speakers:


Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum


Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum is a graduate of the Jerusalem Fellows programme at the Mandel Leadership Institute in Israel and in 2005 received an MA in Adult Education at the Institute of Education in London. He is the creator of the Torah L’Am crash course and is the author of the Torat Hadracha and Jampacked Bible educational study guides. He was the first Head of faculty of the Florence Melton Adult Mini School UK and was Director of text-based Jewish education at he UJIA Centre for Informal Jewish Education. He received rabbinic ordination after studying at the Kollel of the Judith Lady Montefiore College. He completed a PhD in theoretical physics in 1999 and published a number of papers on Quantum Chaos Theory. He is a leading Jewish educator in the UK and teaches at conferences and seminars, synagogues and Jewish community centres across the globe. In 2008 he was ranked 26th in the Jewish Chronicle Power100 list of the most influential people in UK Jewry.


Professor Nathan Abrams


In addition to being Professor in Film in the School of Music and Media, Nathan Abrams is the Director of Impact and Engagement for the College of Arts, Humanities and Business at Bangor University. He is also lead director for the Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies and co-convenes the British Jewish Contemporary Cultures network. He lectures, writes and broadcasts widely on UKand American popular culture, history of film and intellectual culture. He co-founded the international journal Jewish Film and New Media. His most recent books are Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick and the Making of His Final Film (with Robert Kolker, Oxford University Press, 2019), Stanley Kubrick: New York Jewish Intellectual (Rutgers University Press, 2018), Hidden in Plain Sight: Jews and Jewishness in British Film, Television, and Popular Culture (Northwestern University Press, 2016) and The New Jew in Film: Exploring Jewishness and Judaism in Contemporary Cinema (IB Tauris; Rutgers University Press, 2012). His most recent work focuses on the legendary film director Stanley Kubrick.




Top, James Bond

Middle, Rabbi Dr Raphael Zarum

Bottom, Professor Nathan Abrams