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Comparison of liberation of Bond Girls in films

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BOND ESSAY I disagree with the quotation, 'Bond's female characters are fully liberated women. They use Bond.' In both the less and more recent films women are ultimately controlled by a man's wants. Bond girls are recognised as glamorous women with great beauty and quality. There are many skilled Bond girls throughout the film, yet their skills are used to fulfil the men's desires or commands. To be fully liberated women, the Bond girls would have to be set free from an authority or oppressor. I feel that these women cannot be seen as 'fully liberated' due to the actions they take for the men throughout the films. ...read more.


In the early 60's it was just expected for women to cater for their husbands, yet in more recent times women are becoming increasingly recognised as being 'on par' with men. Careers were something rarely undertaken by women, especially successfully, in the 60's. Yet nowadays it is the 'norm' for an intelligent woman to go into the world of business as they are not seen as inferior. In "Goldfinger", the representation of women is much more demeaning than that in "The World is not enough". Although both films are revolved around men's needs, the women in "Goldfinger" seem to have more of a naivety around Bond, and are portrayed as less intelligent than all the men. ...read more.


The first Bond girls to be seen in both films show the difference in how women are seen at the time. In "Goldfinger" the first woman to be seen by the audience is a dancer. With the first camera angle view from above, it gives a degrading view of her. Whilst dancing she is on her knees to a man, giving him the dominance over her. This is unlike the first woman seen in "The World is not enough" who has a much more professional manner. Unlike the dancer she is not dressed skimpily, but in a suit. Also, she stands over Bond when delivering her knowledge of the accounts, rather than having a man dominant over her. ...read more.

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