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    How has James Bond evolved? Is it for better or for worse?

    How has James Bond evolved? Is it for better or for worse?

    Half the world has seen a James Bond film, or so the estimates have it, making 007 one of the most globally recognisable British brands as well as the longest, most successful film franchise in history.

    But what does Bond stand for and how has he changed since Ian Fleming created him in the 1950s? Professor Jeremy Black, author of The World of James Bond and The Politics of James Bond unpicks the life and times of 007 with The Critic's political editor, Graham Stewart.
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    Image: Sean Connery in a scene from the film 'James Bond: From Russia With Love', 1963. (Photo by United Artist/Getty Images)
    Music: "Modern Jazz Samba" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    • 29 min
    What did Roger Scruton and Christopher Hitchens have in common?

    What did Roger Scruton and Christopher Hitchens have in common?

    What did the radical essayist and polemical journalist, Christopher Hitchens, and the conservative philosopher, Sir Roger Scruton, have in common?

    In this podcast, Douglas Murray, the commentator and author of The Strange Death of Europe and, most recently, The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race and Identity, talks to the political editor of The Critic, Graham Stewart, about the personal debt he owes to the two men he considers his literary mentors and the wider contribution that they made to debate and critical thinking on both sides of the Atlantic.
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    Image: Douglas Murray(Photo by Roberto Ricciuti/Getty Images)
    Music: "Modern Jazz Samba" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    • 26 min
    Politics Past and Present: with Dick Taverne

    Politics Past and Present: with Dick Taverne

    In the first of a new series of podcasts featuring those who shaped politics over the last fifty years, The Critic's political editor, Graham Stewart, talks to Lord Taverne of Pimlico.

    As Dick Taverne, he was a minister in Harold Wilson's government, working with Roy Jenkins on many of the economic and social reforms of the 1960s, before being forced out of the Labour Party in 1973 because of his support for membership of the European Economic Community.

    How does the calibre of politicians compare between now and the 1960s? Were we better governed? And how close was Roy Jenkins to splitting the Labour Party by creating a Social Democrat Party in 1973, rather than 1981? Dick Taverne recalls politics, past and present.
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    Image: Dick Taverne is lifted aloft by supporters as he arrives at the House of Commons, London, March 7th 1973. (Photo by Dennis Oulds/Central Press/Getty Images)
    Music: "Modern Jazz Samba" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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    • 40 min
    Where do we stand with the twentieth century?

    Where do we stand with the twentieth century?

    As we grow further and further away from the twentieth century, has our perceptions on its course changed? And do we consider the themes and events that shaped it - and us - differently?

    The Critic's political editor, Graham Stewart, discusses with the historian, Professor Jeremy Black, senior fellow at Policy Exchange, whether greater distance from the twentieth century alters our perception of it.
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    Image: The Greedy, by George Barbier (Photo by © Historical Picture Archive/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
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    • 29 min
    Are we witnessing a new age of emancipation?

    Are we witnessing a new age of emancipation?

    The spirit of 1968 has returned. From protests, to boycotts and even riots, ‘direct action’ is back in vogue as protestors impatient with the pace of change raise consciousness about the issues they want to put centre-stage. The Critic’s political editor, Graham Stewart, asks Professor Jeremy Black, senior fellow at Policy Exchange, whether we are witnessing a new age of emancipation or the undermining of democratic institutions?
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    • 27 min
    When did the Cold War actually start?

    When did the Cold War actually start?

    The Cold War ended with the dismantling of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. But when did it start? Shortly after the end of the Second World War is the common view. But did it really start with the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917?

    And if we view it as a confrontation between the West and Soviet Union are we forgetting about the actions and influence of Communist China? Professor Jeremy Black, senior fellow at Policy Exchange, picks-over the evidence with Graham Stewart.
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    • 28 min

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