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A presentation of the changing view of masculinity in James Bond

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Presentation Script The Changing representation of James Bond Video Clip: The opening sequence of Goldeneye, with Pierce Brosnan shooting the screen - 15 Seconds, then fade to black. Projector: Three Images of the 1st, 5th and 6th Bonds (Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig). Presenter: Connery, Brosnan and Craig, all became bonds over a period of forty-four years. Connery being the first was eventually seen as the ideal Bond, whose first movie was produced in 1962. But at the beginning Connery was perceived as not the ideal bond, until he soon proved through Dr no, that he can live up the expectations of the jet set agent, 007. Video Clip: Dr No, 11 minutes in to the film, Connery for the first time, says his name, "Bond, James Bond" - 2 Minutes, then fade to black. (Item 1) Presenter: It is at this moment when Connery is speaking to the lady across from him over the casino table that this image of Bond is straight away presented in Connery. Through this we can see that this woman is the ideal perspective into which we portray Bond as a male object of female desire (The voyeuristic objectification), a sexual gaze resulting in his sexuality becoming effective. Connery is Bond. ...read more.

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Projector: Images of Sean Connery coming out of the sea in Dr No (1962) (Item1), and an Image of Daniel Craig coming out of the sea in Casino Royale (2006)(Item 3). Presenter: Looking at both of these images, we can outline what it is to be male. How is masculinity structured within the society in which the film is based? Masculinity changes over the years, but when Ian Fleming, the writer of James Bond, created his Bond in his novels, he portrayed his Bond as a sophisticated lout by its day's standards. Incessant drinking and smoking, a brute towards women and never did have any remorse in acts such as murder. Projector: Images of men on TV shows from the1960's to 2006. Presenter: Looking at television shows throughout the period of time, it is easily understood how the world viewed manhood in the 50s. Such as men threatening to hit their wives on TV shows with special FX such as "POW" etc, has a comedic effect, seemingly far-fetched. Another show shows how a man comes home from work and relaxes with a martini (Shaken, not stirred!) while the wife cooks, cleans and deals with the children. ...read more.

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Here, we have an exact comparison of Bond, and his new colleague Vesper Lynd. Craig in this clip has met his match in relation to a woman, who as usual, is his superior as Bond. But in this clip we understand that Mrs. Lynd doesn't have to sleep with him, to be of equal integrity and worthy of his attention, instead, she flaunts her education and social standing. Whilst at the same time her appearance strikes a masculine effect, noticed by Craig. Video Clip: 58:07 into the film, we join Mrs. Lynd and Craig on the train (Item 3). Presenter: In many ways, James Bond is an idea which has been played with around societal ideals. * His masculinity is seen as the modern man in the funhouse mirror, where some of his traits are grotesquely magnified and others minimized quite a lot compared to reality. * Taking into account the representation of women today, which by its macho fantasy is reflected by the empowerment of women, the decline misogyny, and other societal changes, it should be clear that society on the whole has changed dramatically, and so had Bond, and so will continue to change. Audio Clip: James Bond Theme Tune, 30 seconds, fade out. ?? ?? ?? ?? 2 3 Word Count: 1,232 1 ...read more.

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