The Astrology of Bond – James Bond – B/W paperback edition

Ra Rishikavi Raghudas

£26.00

What really makes this book such a tremendous read is Raghudas’ gift for storytelling.

James Bond is a global phenomenon, yet much remains unknown. The esoteric backstory of his creation and popularity is fascinating, especially when viewed through an astrological lens. Was Bond author Ian Fleming obsessed with Elizabethan astrologer and spy, John Dee? Did Fleming, as a British intelligence officer, use astrological disinformation to capture a Nazi general? How did 007 really get his name and number? From Casino Royale to No Time to Die, we follow the twisting path of the world’s favourite spy as he moves from pulpy books to big screen immortality. We examine the charts of all the actors who have played Bond, plus the astrology of the producers, villains and Bond women. We find the premiere  charts predict each movie’s success or failure. We discover Bond’s true birthday, and why he’s a mythological hero who’s still relevant even as times change. The Astrology of Bond–James Bond is a treasure house of insight and delight for Bond fans everywhere. Written with wit and clarity, it’s suitable for readers with no astrological knowledge.

 

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Weight 650 g

RA RISHIKAVI RAGHUDAS has been a professional astrologer for over forty years. Creator of the STAR BLESSED astrology series and still a consulting astrologer, his clients include many prominent figures in the business and entertainment communities. A well-known poet, a screenwriter and a producer himself, Ra often combines astrology with show business. Each year, Ra does his Astro Oscars show, where he predicts the Oscar winners purely through the use of astrology. Ra is an in-demand speaker at astrology conferences around the world and is the former Vice-President and Education Director Emeritus for the Los Angeles chapter of the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR-LA).

He can be reached for consultations through his website, www.starpresence.net.

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The cultural icon that is James Bond has from the start been perceived as a figure of moral ambiguity. A svelte, tuxedoed alpha male with a killer instinct and taste for sexual opportunism and shaken martinis, he nonetheless is top bulwark – as double-oh-seven! – in the British Secret Service against deranged, cat-loving global visionaries and Russian intriguers. He is a defender of all that is held dear in Old Blighty and other liberal democracies – a redemptive role for all the death and broken hearts he leaves in his wake.

Ra Rishikavi Raghudas’ astrological study of Bond, the Bond movies and their personnel as well as author Ian Fleming – who created the character in the early 1950s – presents entirely fresh perspectives on our hero. Raghudas writes as a very informed fanboy (read our interview with him in this issue). But the range and scale of his insights far outweigh any of my concerns. This is a history of the esoterica of the humongous Bond industry, starting with Elizabeth I’s astrologer, alchemist and likely spy, Dr John Dee, whose secret sign name for the Queen’s eyes only was…007. Fleming – a wartime cryptographer – adopted this code number for Bond, bestowing a licence to kill from the mists of Renaissance divination.

Thereafter, Raghudas takes the reader on a well-structured journey that dovetails astrology and notable people. The Bond franchise is rooted in our zeitgeist: the very first Bond film, Dr No, was made as many planets transited Aquarius in the early 1960s, a zodiac sign marking a period of so-called sexual and moral liberation. We have no formal birthtime for Bond, but Raghudas makes a persuasive case for a Scorpio action hero, based on a random nativity created by a Fleming colleague. Secretive, sexy, a death-dealer, sharp-witted, psychically blighted, emotionally distant – in short, the Mars/Pluto archetype in outline.

What really makes this book such a tremendous read is Raghudas’ gift for storytelling. Between the horoscopic analyses, encounters and scenes are deftly set up. It’s surprising to learn that Fleming suffered indignity en route to the big screen. Then came along movie producer Cubby Broccoli and showman Harry Saltzman who owned the Bond movie rights. The two men bonded to make Bond movies, so to speak, and the rest is film history. Saltzman’s Part of Fortune sits on Broccoli’s Jupiter in the 2nd: a professional marriage made in heaven.

Among myriad people examined are the actors who have incarnated Bond, starting with Sean Connery – a Raghudas favourite. He notes that Connery’s Sun/Neptune conjunction in Virgo sits on the Moon of the first American production of Casino Royale in 1954, “making an energetic lineage apparent when he was chosen to be James Bond.”

In the “Aquarian zeitgeist” of the present, there is much for James Bond to adapt to, such as “female empowerment”, as Raghudas puts it. The franchise must stay relevant yet not be politically correct, he argues. Judi Dench as M did much to relocate power to a female figure, but the challenge remains to coalesce societal notions of femininity with independent power and commercial sexual allure. Bond is not there yet despite attempts at ironic feminist knowingness in the Daniel Craig era – the challenge has yet to be properly met. But remember: Neptune is still in Pisces: old ideas of gender are being challenged; assumed boundaries are turning liquid. Bond himself may yet wonder as to his gender and orientation.

There’s no index in this book but the Notes & References towards the back offer enlightening commentaries. Birth details of the lead players in the whole Bond experience are also a welcome addition.

Raghudas has the smooth, watchful style of his Bond hero, unaffected and articulate, and this approach makes for a book that will appeal to both Bond fans (who know nothing of astrology) and astrology fans (who may want to know a lot more about Bond and his cosmic place). An extraordinary publishing and literary achievement.

Victor Olliver for the AA Journal