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How and why have Bond films changed over time? Refer in your answer to Doctor No and Casino Royale.

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F For over forty years Bond films have been very successful and extremely popular with the audience. The reason for this is the constant change in style and storyline to keep up with the corresponding world. This almost involves the audience as they can relate the film to real life and there surrounding. An example of this is Casino Royale as the criminals are terrorists which relates to our world because events such as 9/11 involves these groups of people. The focus of my essay is to investigate how Bond films have changed over the years from Dr no to Casino Royale and how they have adapted the film to keep the audience satisfied. In the first ever Bond movie 'Dr No', Bond is first introduced in a posh casino with a suit on. This suggests he's sophisticated and likes to take risks. Also he starts smoking a cigar which also shows how wealthy he is as in 1960's, when Dr No was released, cigars were very expensive. His haircut when we first see him suggests he has style and when he starts talking to a woman at the same poker table, his smooth talk and charm also suggest this. James Bond in Casino Royale, however, is introduced in a lot rougher and less prestigious way. ...read more.

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This shows Bond likes her and wants to find more about her. When Bond is at the poker table, he asks the drink waiter to come over and tells him how to make his martini. This shows Bond knows what he wants and when everyone asks for the same, it shows that Bond is a leader. During the torture scene, Bond is represented as a physically and mentally strong man who sticks by what are right. This is done by Bond not telling the villain the password even if it meant him experiencing great pain. The room where the torture scene took place was dark and mysterious. This was achieved by the lack of windows which meant less light could get through. Dr No's Bond characteristics were almost completely different to the Bond in Casino Royale. Daniel Craig is a lot stronger mentally and physically. This is shown at the scene with the terrorist running away from him and also the torture scene. He also looks a lot younger that Sean Connery which appeals to the female viewers. Towards the end of Dr No, Bond has rescued Honey Rider and they are kissing at the back of the boat. She has fallen for Bond, which shows he attracts women and also that he is very charming. ...read more.

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When honey rider is caught, though, she seemed very vulnerable which conflicts with her outspoken nature. However, Vesper is a completely different character all together. She is more complex than other Bond women as she shows a variety of emotions. An example of this is when she first meets Bond on the train. She doesn't talk much about herself and continuously asks questions which give a sense of being self contained. Then, in the shower, she shows great instability when she sits down and just stairs blankly in the shower. After the whole ordeal when her and Bond are together, she seems happier and excited. These complex features too vesper greatly contrasts with the simplicity of honey rider. I think they have changed the Bond women in this way to keep up to date on how women's lives have changed. Overall, I think Bond films have drastically changes by becoming more action packed and also more complex and serious. They have achieved this by adding more complex and serious characters as well as adding more realistic action and fighting. The reason they have done this, I think, is to keep up with the current audience. With terrorism being associated in our lives, the Bond director thought it would be good if terrorists were in Bond so the people watching the movie can relate there lives with the film. By Rahul Chowdhry ...read more.

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