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The Objectification of Women In James Bond
Transcript of The Objectification of Women In James Bond
—Ian Fleming, The New Yorker, 21 April 1962 Portrayal in Film There have been 6 James Bonds with Roger Moore clocking in with the most appearances at 7 films
The James Bond Theme was written by Monty Norman and has been used in every film made
James has had sexual relations with 86 women in 24 movies yet only two girls have been able to capture his heart Bond Girls Objects of Affection What is a Bond girl? A Bond girl is a character or actress portraying a love interest of James Bond in a film, novel, or video game. They occasionally have names that are double entendres or puns, such as Pussy Galore, Plenty O'Toole, Xenia Onatopp, or Holly Goodhead. Bond girls are considered ubiquitous symbol[s] of glamour and sophistication. So what's the problem? The early Bond films treat women like disposable playthings
Generally, Bond girls are victims rescued by Bond, fellow agents or allies, villainesses or members of an enemy organization, or merely eye candy that have no direct interaction with James Bond whatsoever
The films generalize women as bimbos, damsels in distress, or objectify women as a result of Bond's actions
The women may be aesthetically different, and range from femmes fatale to shapely sidekicks, but they share one purpose: to inject sex and danger wherever Agent 007 may lay his head at night Early Movies In early movies, the women were shown as weak, sexual objects. Movies like Goldfinger and Octopussy merely use women for Bond's stress-reliever and then they are never to be seen again. The women typically need Bond to save them and then usually they repay him with sexual favors. Names of Bond Girls The earlier Bond girls have had many names that lead us to believe they may be used for one thing only. Names like: Xenia Onatopp, Holly Goodhead, Octopussy, Pussy Galore, and Honey Ryder. These girls were used as sexual objects and were never seen again. Deaths of Bond Girls Many a Bond Girl has died a horrible death after sleeping with James Bond
Jill Masterson was killed while naked and being painted gold. Her dead body even graced Time magazine's cover
Strawberry Fields was killed while naked and was covered in oil Bond Girls Today Through the years, the role of the Bond girl has changed somewhat from the stereotypical Bond girl to women that are Bond's equal, possessing special skills he needs to complete his mission, or even at times women that rescue Bond
These Bond girls are shown to be more headstrong, resourceful, and, in recent films, capable of holding their own Modern Girls Eve, in Skyfall, is an MI6 agent working alongside Bond, she is independent and Bond needs her help
Vesper Lynd, in Casino Royale, is an accountant for MI6 and doesn't fall for Bond's seductive ways
Camille, in Quantum of Solace, is an independent woman who doesn't need Bond's help In Conclusion Bond girls have been objectified for over 35 years but slowly that is changing. Women are becoming more and more intelligent and less objectified. However there is still a long way to come. The outfits of Bond girls and the manner in which some of them are treated by Bond could use some editing. This movie franchise is very influential and will be continued for many years to come; hopefully with women treated like equals.