Will Bond girls ever be referred to as women?

I remember watching womanizing ladies’ man, James Bond when I was a child. He was the ideal male during the 60s, 70s and beyond. I think my father subconsciously emulated him, as many men did then, when Hollywood glamour was at its peak. We used to watch the sex fueled 007 movies as a family. I knew something was off about the films, the sillouttes of naked dancing women during the intro set the stage. Since we were children, the sex scenes were embarrassing to watch, especially with our parents. Back then nothing explicit was shown but the actor, Sean Connery had this British suave (or is he Scottish?), and god-like, entitled attitude to seduce any and every attractive woman, despite what she originally wanted, she always succumbed to his double agent charm. “Oh James!” she’d exclaim, while falling into his arms and: bed, or bear skin rug, or inflatable raft or snow mobile, magic mountain cave or wherever.

Bond girls were viewed as sex kitten girls to objectify, regardless of their age, they even had ridiculously demeaning names like, Pussy Galore, (how did that pass censorship?). Calling women girls, is a long-standing form of misogyny. The more you pay attention to this phrasing, you’ll notice how often it’s said, especially by men. Men are always addressed to as men, but even within the same sentence, women are often addressed to as girls. The modeling industry does this non-stop, they want their anorexic models to either be, or look adolescent.

Bond females need to have an intelligent purpose in the story other than as a sexual plaything.

We’ve been subconsciously programmed to view women in an overly sexualized, childlike, inferior way. In Saudi Arabia, women still need the permission of a male in their family to travel outside (to run errands etc). If the woman is widowed, she needs the permission of her son because he is the designated man of the house. WTF?

I liked Daniel Craig’s version of Bond, his relationships with women seemed to be evolving from strategic player to broken hearted, betrayed fiancé, in Casino Royale he was willing to give up everything for the love of Vesper Lynd, played by Eva Green. I liked their equal power dynamics and how he acquired his classic GQ style because of her rather haughty coaching. She disarmed his usual sexual, bravado, they actually waited to have sex. Shower scenes in Bond movies are usually about steamy sex, not crying together, (I loved that bonding scene), it was amazingly different, vulnerable and intimate.

The love story between Vesper Lynd and James Bond is my favorite storyline, of all the Bond films. I liked Daniel Craig as 007 the best.

I was disappointed in his new lover in the last Bond film played by actress, Lea Seydoux. I thought she seemed too young for him and they lacked chemistry. In the new trailers, she appears to be betraying him, (that’s what you get for trusting Bond girls, I guess they’re not so bubble headed after all). I think that as the Bond actor ages, his love interest should reflect more maturity as well. It seems like an obvious midlife crisis when an older man is with a woman 20-30 years younger than him. I guess that’s another reason why the women are referred to as girls, they comparatively look that much younger! Our society worships youthfulness to such an extreme, the pressure is especially high on females to remain eternally young. It’s rather creepy when you think about it.

Actress, Lea Seydoux

For nostalgia’s sake, I feel compelled to see the evolution of 007, from his woman-at-every-port playboy roots, to a mature man who has finally grown up to recognize women as they really are: equal, adult, partners not playthings.

https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/movies/a27418008/bond-girl-changes-bond-25-phoebe-waller-bridge/

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    1. I agree, but there are many types of feminists too. Some think prostitution is empowerment while others think it’s exploitation, (I’m the kind of feminist that thinks it’s exploitation).

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  1. A great summary. I wonder if you can say each Bond film is a reflection of the times it was made in? Is society s l o w l y becoming slightly less sexist in the 2010s and 2020s, compared to the 1960s and 70s? Progress seems slow, but it’s progress nonetheless.

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    1. Thank you, Terry. I agree, each Bond series seems to slightly adjust to the current culture. It takes time and understanding to get the balance right. There seems to be an obvious feminist power movement in films lately and to be honest it’s not well done. Forcing the audience to accept women as being the new muscular weapon carrying saviors, while men get rescued is too concocted/orchestrated in my opinion and the box office audience reflects this too. I want to see strong characters both female and male, reflecting real life, not fantasy.

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  2. I was not a fan of James Bond and could not see how crazy women would fall for Roger Moore he always looked a bit greasy for me. They did not do any favours for the women stereo types a play thing not right. It set the scene for behaviour to copy.

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    1. Haha! 😄 Roger Moore did look greasy and overly sun tanned too! I really do think that films are designed to subtly program the audience, just the way that advertising does. Seeing certain images over and over makes us memorize the image/message. Young girls and are set up to idolize celebrities who dress and act like prostitutes, not an accident of the film/music industry, they know what they’re doing.

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  3. Daniel Craig was probably the most mature of all the James Bond portrayals.

    Sean Connery and Roger Moore’s Bond certainly appeal to teen-aged boys and a lot of college aged males since their thinking is mainly guided solely by sexual thoughts than any real desire for a real relationship.

    Those older men who do not grow beyond a teen-aged boy and college-aged male mentality go on to become the Harvey Weinsteins and Bill Cosbys of our age.

    The only place where men are referred to as boys in a sense intended to be complimentary is in the American South where they are called “good old boys”

    Generally nothing good about them.

    Getting drunk all the time, treating women like trash and looking ridiculously stupid in their white robes and hoods as they burn flaming crosses on lawns.

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    1. I like Daniel Craig, he’s masculine but not macho. Cosby was even in ISpy, I bet he wanted a harem of women same as bloated, Weinstein. I have little sympathy for the MeToo female celebrities, they knew the casting couch existed and worked the system until it cracked in their favor. I support the real sexually trafficked children and women in the world, not the pampered celebrities.

      You’re so right, the good old boys are evil incarnate! There’s ties to the KKK in the White House, I don’t know who specifically but that criminal club still thrives. Why do they burn crosses! Jesus had nothing to do with hating and killing others especially not for the sake of racism.

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      1. One of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan was a 33rd Degree Freemason and Civil War Confederate Army General named Albert Pike.

        He was actually the head of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in the U.S. for several years right up until his death (even though he fought on the losing side in the Civil War).

        He wrote the book Morals and Dogma that is considered the Bible of Scottish Rite Freemasonry.

        Pike says in that book that both Lucifer and Adonai (the god of the Hebrews) are one and the same being.

        In Pike’s Jekyll and Hyde split personality concept of God, Lucifer is actually the good side of God and Adonai is the dark side.

        But Pike (who in his personal letters wrote about the lost civilization of Thule, the power inherent in the Swastika symbol, the superiority of the Aryan race- some 50 to 60 years before German occultists and Nazis started writing about these things) hated Christ.

        I imagine the fact that Klansmen burnt Crosses probably dates back to Pike’s influence since Pike (one of their founders) hated Christ.

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      2. Wow, that makes perfect sense. Thanks for this information. I’ve heard of Albert Pike and his influence on the Freemasons, they seem to hide that Lucifer is who they worship, although they say they’re not a religion. Whether it’s the Freemasons, Skull and Bones or whatever, they’re all connected. Even the old Flintstones cartoon had the Water Buffaloes! Hidden in plain view. I hated the frats and sororities during college, I think they’re based on the same unfounded allegiance to an exclusive group for status, but I suppose they’re too drunk to worship Baphomet/Satan or maybe their constant date rape qualifies as worship to the evil one.

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  4. A few years ago, my son and I watched ‘Goldfinger’ – an early Bond film. I was disgusted by the misogyny in that film. Bond’s self-entitlement to use women for pleasure made me feel icky. I almost insisted we stop watching. But I thought it might be worthwhile for him to see that not everyone respects women.

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    1. Totally, Goldfinger had the infamous Pussy Galore character. My friend and I went to see it a few years ago for the sake of campiness at the classic, art nouveau designed, Paramount theater in Oakland. The audience was full of drunk millennials (drinks were sold there), the audience was laughing at the film. The sound went out accidentally while images still played so the audience started making up funny dialogue and sang the theme song. Who knew that dated, sexist or racist films could be later used for educational purposes. I’m glad your son will grow to know better than previous generations.

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  5. I absolutely love great movies but you make a very valued point. My husband and I have Netflix only and don’t watch news and commercials either. I love British serials the most because the people look like real people. They also dress like real people. The acting is excellent too. Love 💕 Joni

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    1. I loved movies before, but they’ve become tainted to me with a political agenda/propaganda undertones. I’ve been rewatching films that I used to like to shock myself with the subliminal messages that I previously didn’t notice, (about sexism, racism etc). I turn my Netflix subscription off for long periods of time because I tend to watch the same things repetitively but I recently turned it back on to watch an upcoming film 🙂. I like watching documentaries and am often inspired by them to write new posts. I like BBC films too, and I agree with your reasons. American films are so shocking in comparison.

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