For His Eyes Only

For His Eyes Only

The Women of James Bond

  • Author: Funnell, Lisa
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 9780231176149
  • eISBN Pdf: 9780231850926
  • Place of publication:  New York , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2015
  • Month: October
  • Language: English
The release of Skyfall in 2012 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the James Bond film franchise. It earned over one billion dollars in the worldwide box office and won two Academy Awards. Amid popular and critical acclaim, some have questioned the representation of women in the film. From an aging M to the limited role of the Bond Girl and the characterization of Miss Moneypenny as a defunct field agent, Skyfall develops the legacy of Bond at the expense of women.

Since Casino Royale (2006) and its sequels Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall constitute a reboot of the franchise, it is time to question whether there is a place for women in the new world of James Bond and what role they will play in the future of series. This volume answers these questions by examining the role that women have historically played in the franchise, which greatly contributed to the international success of the films.

This academic study constitutes the first book-length anthology on femininity and feminism in the Bond series. It covers all twenty-three Eon productions as well as the spoof Casino Royale (1967), considering a range of factors that have shaped the depiction of women in the franchise, including female characterization in Ian Fleming's novels; the vision of producer Albert R. Broccoli and other creative personnel; the influence of feminism; and broader trends in British and American film and television. The volume provides a timely look at women in the Bond franchise and offers new scholarly perspectives on the subject.
  • Table of Contents
  • Acknowledgements
  • Foreword, by Christoph Lindner
  • Introduction: The Women of James Bond, by Lisa Funnell
  • Section 1: From Novel to Film
  • 1. “Women Were for Recreation”: The Gender Politics of Ian Fleming’s James Bond, by James Chapman
  • 2. The Bond Girl Who Is Not There: The Tiffany Case, by Boel Ulfsdotter
  • 3. James Bond and Female Authority: The Female M in the Bond Novels and Films, by Jim Leach
  • Section 2: Desiring the Other
  • 4. Desiring the Soviet Woman: Tatiana Romanova and From Russia with Love, by Thomas M. Barrett .
  • 5. “The Old Ways Are Best”: The Colonization of Women of Color in Bond Films, by Travis L. Wagner
  • 6. Bond’s Bit on the Side: Race, Exoticism and the Bond “Fluffer” Character, by Charles Burnetts
  • 7. The Politics Representation: Disciplining and Domesticating Miss Moneypenny in Skyfall, by Kristen Shaw
  • 8. Objects of White Male Desire: (D)Evolving Representations of Asian Women in Bond Films, by Lisa Funnell
  • Section 3: Feminist Critiques and Movements
  • 9. “Never Trust a Rich Spy”: Ursula Andress, Vesper Lynd, and Mythic Power in Casino Royale 1967, by Robert von Dassanowsky
  • 10. “This Never Happened to the Other Fellow”: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service as Bond Woman’s Film, by Marlisa Santos
  • 11. “What Really Went on up There James?”: Bond’s Wife, Blofeld’s Patients, and Empowered Bond Women, by Dan Mills
  • 12. Sisterhood as Resistance in For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy, by Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns
  • 13. Bond Is Not Enough: Elektra King and the Desiring Bond Girl, by Alexander Sergeant
  • Section 4: Gendered Conventions
  • 14. Female Bodies in James Bond Title Sequences, by Sabine Planka
  • 15. Random Access Mysteries: James Bond and the Matter of the Unknown Woman, by Eileen Rositzka
  • 16. Pussy Galore: Women and Music in Goldfinger, by Catherine Haworth
  • 17. Female Voice and the Bond Films, by Anna G. Piotrowska
  • 18. Designing Character: Costume, Bond Girls, and Negotiating Representation, by Andrea J. Severson
  • Section 5: Female Agency and Gender Roles
  • 19. Secret Agent Nuptials: Marriage, Gender Roles, and the “Different Bond Woman” in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, by Stephen Nepa
  • 20. The Spy Who Fooled Me: The Early Bond Girl and the Magician’s Assistant, by Ross Karlan
  • 21. “Women Drivers”: The Changing Role of the Bond Girl in Vehicle Chases, by Stephanie Jones
  • 22. “It’s Not for Everyone”: James Bond and Miss Moneypenny in Skyfall, by Klaus Dodds
  • 23. “Who Is Salt?”: The Difficulty of Constructing a Female James Bond and Reconstructing Gender Expectations, by Jeffrey A. Brown
  • Section 6: Judi Dench’s Tenure as M
  • 24. From Masculine Mastermind to Maternal Martyr: Judi Dench’s M, Skyfall, and the Patriarchal Logic of James Bond Films, by Peter C. Kunze
  • 25. M, 007, and the Challenge of Female Authority in the Bond Franchise, by Brian Patton
  • 26. “M”(o)thering: Female Representation of Age and Power in James Bond, by Lori L. Parks
  • 27. Mothering the Bond-M Relation in Skyfall and the Bond Girl Intervention, by Christopher Holliday
  • 28. Property of a Lady: (S)Mothering Judi Dench’s M, by Michael W. Boyce
  • Bibliography
  • Index


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