James Bond is not only known as an international spy, but also as a womanizer who is able to charm any woman he meets. He’s won the feelings of many “Bond girls” over the years, from Honor Blackman’s Pussy Galore to Halle Berry’s Jinx Johnson — but few have made a lasting impact on him.
The baptism of these actors as “Bond girls” means that they have become somewhat of a commodity to the spy, helping him when needed, while offering a wonderful trophy for his arm (this is especially true in the early films).
In fact, many objected to the problematic phrase and the often outdated representation of privilege for women on screen.
Venola Kerrigan, Professor of Marketing and Director of the Center for Fashion Research at the London College of Fashion, who previously worked on a research project charting the evolution of these women, said: NEWSWEEK: “The problematic element of the term ‘bond girls’ is that it can under-perform the individuals who play these roles.”
In her project, Kerrigan, along with other academics, explained how creating imagination is what has often prevented the Bond girls from thriving into complete characters in their own right.
She added, “In our research we found that many of those involved in filmmaking or role-playing spoke of this being a fantasy rather than reality, but we need to question why women continue to be seen as sexual and female dominance as an acceptable fantasy.”
Monica Bellucci, who played the biggest Bond girl to date in the 2015 movie ghostShe hinted at this when she insisted that she be referred to as the “Bond woman”, due to her maturity.
She said at that time Watchman: “I can’t say I’m a Bond girl because I’m too mature to be a Bond girl. I say a Bond lady; a Bond woman. But I’m proud to be a Bond lady, because in fact, Bond is the most amazing guy. You know why? Because he doesn’t exist.”
Creating imagination is fundamental to bond franchise with Doctor no boss Terence Young tells Zeina Marshall When she played Miss Taro to be “the kind of woman that men dream of, but don’t exist.”
Attempts to turn this fantasy on its head were made in later films, with Daniel Craig’s famous water scene in Casino Royale (2006) Distracting the gaze from women.
As part of the franchise’s evolution, more and more women took charge and tried to turn the narrative into something more modern.
Here, we’ve broken down some of the women who turned Bond into something more than a playboy spy.
Tracy Draco (Diana Rigg) in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Tracy was certainly not an expert in martial arts and Bond swooped in to save her on numerous occasions. Her father is also notorious for trying to get 007 to marry her (which doesn’t quite raise the banner of feminism). But it had a positive effect on the British spy.
When they got married, it was on their own terms. Their love was real enough that her death so devastated him that he showed, for the first time in the franchise, some actual feelings with not a single line in sight.
As Rigg (who will go on to play the famous Olenna Tyrell in game of Thrones) He was a bigger star than new Bond star George Lazenby, she got more money from him.
Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) in The spy who loved me
In Kerrigan’s view, the beginning of a better Bond girl came with Barbara Bach The spy who loved me, Because she was not only worthy of praise for herself, but she paved the way for those who came next.
The main difference with Anya, compared to previous Bond girls, was that she was on the Bond level, fighting for KGB against him until they reluctantly cooperated.
Although they eventually end up becoming more than just classmates, Amasova later vows to kill Bond after he inadvertently kills her lover, showing how her character has been compared to classes of her former peers.
Kerrigan added of Amasova: “Our analysis showed that in The spy who loved me In 1977, there was a shift in the role of Bond Girl from a simple dress-up role to Barbara Bach starring as a skilled professional who is competent and independent.
Mayday (Grace Jones) in a killer vision
The 1980s ushered in a new era for bond, As the franchise transitions from Sean Connery’s rugged 007 image to Roger Moore’s slapstick take on the role. Sadly, during this overhaul, the Bond girls didn’t get quite the same character development…with one exception: Labor Day.
Mayday was not Bond’s assistant at all, but rather a super powerful bodyguard for arch-villain Zorin (Christopher Walken). She joined Bond and cheated on him, too. Not only did Mayday change her loyalties as she liked them, but she seduced Bond and got what she wanted on her own terms.
Sure, it was another death at the end of the movie, but she shocked the secret agent with the realization that there are strong women out there who know exactly what they want and how to get it.
Kerrigan adds, “Grace Jones’ portrayal of Labor Day has changed the power dynamic, not just physically, due to her strengths but in her position as Bond’s rescue. However, she was serving Zorin in this film, so we might be wary about this overemphasis.” .
She also explains how the film’s posters differed from those of its predecessors: “If you compare the poster promoting Doctor no, With golden eyeWe can see some of this shift in the portrayal of the Bond girls over time.
“Previously, they are seen as essentially semi-exposed props surrounding Bond, but in the second, two Bond girls are depicted with strong facial expressions and only their heads visible.”
Natalia Simonova (Isabella Skorobko) in golden eye
One of the other women is Isabella Skorobko, whose Bond girl took advantage of opportunities for change, and who came up with a new Bond actor.
Pierce Brosnan’s first outing as 007 did a great job of trying to bring out smart and interesting women.
There was Xenia Onatopp (played by Famke Janssen), who loved nothing more than seducing and strangling men with her thighs. She was a real killer woman, who probably took the stereotype a bit too far and ended up dying agonizingly in a tree.
Then came Natalia, a computer programmer who removed the enemy’s satellite dish with just a few buttons, and overcame the deaths of several of her closest friends.
She was a mind and a beauty, though she eventually fell in love with Bond’s magic, and relied on him in many ways for her survival. However, she brought something extra to the table, which seemed like a new angle for the Bond girls.
Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) in Tomorrow never dies
Wai Lin moved the bar up Tomorrow never diesNot only did she possess her own skills, but she turned down Bond’s advances on several occasions.
The commander was a martial artist and skilled fighter, who was very much on par with Bond, and he fought alongside him, of course, eventually turning to their carnal desires.
However, this moment seemed as much on its terms as it was, almost like celebrating the successful completion of their mission.
With her martial skills and amazing abilities in everything from shooting to diving, she was definitely as tall as a woman who could handle Bond. Bravo, Way Lane.
Vesper Lind (Eva Green) in Casino Royale
Vesper Lynd is another well-developed Bond girl who, in some ways, combined many positive traits of her ancestors. She was a fighter and double passerby, whom Bond fell madly in love with while both recovered from Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen)’s gruesome torture. In case he broke it, he clung to her and was willing to give up his job to be with her.
While she loved him in return, she continued to stab him in the back, revealing her true identity. Despite her loyalties, she eventually sacrificed herself for Bond, leaving him in grief in the wake of her death.
Of course, this gave way to the appearance of a cold, brutal Bond, who slept with the women and cared little for the world after this moment. However, Vesper’s lasting influence continued to influence his every move in subsequent films. If this isn’t a sign of a bad-ass Bond girl, we don’t know what is!
M (Dame Judi Dench) in every Bond movie she’s ever made
Since taking over the role of M in golden eye In 1995, Judi Dench starred as one of Bond’s fiercest female characters.
From the start, Bond let Pierce Brosnan know how much time she had for his games with her famous speech: “I think you’re a misogynistic, sexist dinosaur. A remnant of the Cold War, whose boyish charm, though lost on me, apparently appealed to that young woman you sent for your assessment.” ..
“If you think for a moment that I don’t have the balls to send a man to die, your instincts are completely wrong. I have no remorse in sending you to your death, but I wouldn’t do it on a whim, even with your arrogant attitude toward life.”
Over time, its strength only grew until, in sky fallHer past demons came back to bite her. Raul Silva (Javier Bardem) targeted MI6 because of a long-running grudge he had against M for historical crimes. Despite making an honorable display in her fight against the Bond villain and his cohorts, she later dies in a touching scene. 007, clearly affected by his loss, continued to mourn M long after her death, implying that she was a huge figure in his life.
Madeleine Swan (Lia Seydoux) – ghost
The last Bond girl – who is not yet dead – is Madeline Swan (played by Lea Seydoux).
Combining beauty and reason, Madeleine is a psychiatrist who has a dramatic story of her own, being the daughter of a leading character in SPECTER’s Quantum, Mr. White (Jesper Christensen).
Trailers suggested this one would come back to haunt her No time to dieHowever, this association with a rogue organization also means that it brings with it some combat skills (albeit not as many as its predecessors).
Besides her physical traits and skills, Madeleine appears in Bond 25, which indicates that, unlike many of her predecessors, she has successfully entered into a healthy, sustainable relationship with Bond that goes beyond her sexuality. already growing.
He said, “Going forward, we need to see the female characters in Bond films who are fully rounded and given more material to work with. Which is why I think Lashana Lynch’s character, Nomi, would be so much fun: She’s a Double-0 agent in his own right; She’s not Bond’s sexual object.
“She has her own agenda that aligns with Bond’s agenda…When it comes to nomenclature, the term ‘Bond girl’ is an acronym, not to mention childhood. Nomi is not a ‘Bond girl’ in the traditional sense, in that she refuses to be lined up by Bond. If If anything, she puts it firmly in place.”
No Time to Die will be released in US cinemas on October 8.