The Spy Who Saved Me: Sustainability, Identity, and Intrigue in the Espionage Thriller

  • Ellen E. MooreEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication book series (PSMEC)


This chapter outlines the contours of the spy thriller from its earlier literary form to the contemporary Hollywood manifestation in order to understand how this generic form impacts portrayals of the environment in two films: Quantum of Solace and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Each film represents a different environmental issue: in Quantum, drought imperils a South American country; in Kingsman, it is climate change that threatens humanity. Although distinct in terms of plot and focus, the films share in common a focus on the white male that will save humans from environmental disaster.


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  1. 1.University of Washington TacomaTacomaUSA

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