I remember watching womanizing ladies’ man, James Bond when I was a child. He was the ideal male during the 60s, 70s and beyond. I think my father subconsciously emulated him, as many men did then, when Hollywood glamour was at its peak. We used to watch the sex fueled 007 movies as a family. I knew something was off about the films, the sillouttes of naked dancing women during the intro set the stage. Since we were children, the sex scenes were embarrassing to watch, especially with our parents. Back then nothing explicit was shown but the actor, Sean Connery had this British suave (or is he Scottish?), and god-like, entitled attitude to seduce any and every attractive woman, despite what she originally wanted, she always succumbed to his double agent charm. “Oh James!” she’d exclaim, while falling into his arms and: bed, or bear skin rug, or inflatable raft or snow mobile, magic mountain cave or wherever.
Bond girls were viewed as sex kitten girls to objectify, regardless of their age, they even had ridiculously demeaning names like, Pussy Galore, (how did that pass censorship?). Calling women girls, is a long-standing form of misogyny. The more you pay attention to this phrasing, you’ll notice how often it’s said, especially by men. Men are always addressed to as men, but even within the same sentence, women are often addressed to as girls. The modeling industry does this non-stop, they want their anorexic models to either be, or look adolescent.
We’ve been subconsciously programmed to view women in an overly sexualized, childlike, inferior way. In Saudi Arabia, women still need the permission of a male in their family to travel outside (to run errands etc). If the woman is widowed, she needs the permission of her son because he is the designated man of the house. WTF?
I liked Daniel Craig’s version of Bond, his relationships with women seemed to be evolving from strategic player to broken hearted, betrayed fiancé, in Casino Royale he was willing to give up everything for the love of Vesper Lynd, played by Eva Green. I liked their equal power dynamics and how he acquired his classic GQ style because of her rather haughty coaching. She disarmed his usual sexual, bravado, they actually waited to have sex. Shower scenes in Bond movies are usually about steamy sex, not crying together, (I loved that bonding scene), it was amazingly different, vulnerable and intimate.
The love story between Vesper Lynd and James Bond is my favorite storyline, of all the Bond films. I liked Daniel Craig as 007 the best.
I was disappointed in his new lover in the last Bond film played by actress, Lea Seydoux. I thought she seemed too young for him and they lacked chemistry. In the new trailers, she appears to be betraying him, (that’s what you get for trusting Bond girls, I guess they’re not so bubble headed after all). I think that as the Bond actor ages, his love interest should reflect more maturity as well. It seems like an obvious midlife crisis when an older man is with a woman 20-30 years younger than him. I guess that’s another reason why the women are referred to as girls, they comparatively look that much younger! Our society worships youthfulness to such an extreme, the pressure is especially high on females to remain eternally young. It’s rather creepy when you think about it.
For nostalgia’s sake, I feel compelled to see the evolution of 007, from his woman-at-every-port playboy roots, to a mature man who has finally grown up to recognize women as they really are: equal, adult, partners not playthings.