February 2010

The Bond Girl: Culture, Feminism and Storytelling

As long as there has been a James Bond, there has been the Bond Girl, that rare category of action star vixen that has been at the center of everything from adoration to outrage. Just like so much of the Bond mythos, the Bond Girls follow a formula that has only been broken for a postmodern effect on the story. The classic setup involves two girls, one an agent of the antagonist and the other an unlikely ally to Bond. In the first film Dr. No those two roles went to Miss Taro and Honey Ryder, respectively. It wasn't until the famed reboot with Daniel Craig that this equation got jumbled.