Escape to the Movies: Special: Bond Girls

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Special: Bond Girls

Today MovieBob takes a special look at the women of James Bond.

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You aren't moving to Tuesday, are you?

Anyways, Halle Berry was the WORST Bond girl, imo.

Sean Connery IS James Bond.

G Theriault:
Sean Connery IS James Bond.

I think Brosnan was second best.

Feminism
Then: "Ooooh..."
Now: "AUGH!!!"
In all seriousness I thought Peirce made a good James Bond, but I really don't have any right to say as those are the only ones I've seen.

ah sex appeal, history lessons and humor, movie bob at his best.

A surprise history lesson, and on a Tuesday! Makes me want to watch some James Bond now...

Fantastic. I love little cultural history lessons like this.

That was actually a very good history lesson on James Bond. I learned a lot of interesting things.

Now I fell like watching some of the old movies.

Onyx Oblivion:

G Theriault:
Sean Connery IS James Bond.

I think Brosnan was second best.

I think Roger Moore was third best. Also Brosnan is only second due to Goldeneye. Gosh I'm quoting you a lot today...

You touched on the reason I don't understand why people actually liked Quantum of Solace. James Bond is supposed to save the world; in QoS, he saves the planet. Damn green movement.

Daveman:

Onyx Oblivion:

G Theriault:
Sean Connery IS James Bond.

I think Brosnan was second best.

I think Roger Moore was third best. Also Brosnan is only second due to Goldeneye. Gosh I'm quoting you a lot today...

I'm quotable. Like a cheesy 80s movie.

truant:
Fantastic. I love little cultural history lessons like this.

And it comes to us from MovieBob, who breaks things down with great conversational tone.

Great look at things. I cant really think of anything to say I more or less agreed with everything you said. So thank you for a great look back at how the Bond girl played a much more serious role in the movies then I ever could have imagined.

First time poster! In fact, I registered just to post this.

MovieBob, I enjoyed this video immensely. I found it easily to be the most interesting Escape to the Movies yet, and that's coming from someone who always enjoys the hell out of them. I'd like to encourage you to try side projects like this more often. Just the medicine for a slow week at the movies!

That was impressive. A true joy to listen to

I think the summary of Feminism in this is waaaay to simplistic. Feminism has never been a single-minded, unified movement and any contradictions that seem to occur in feminist ideology largely stem from the fact that feminism is as fragmented as any social movement. The ideas that reach a mainstream audience will be those of the movements most vocal members, not necessarily those of the majority. Besides, the 'sexual liberation' of the Bond Girls has been problematic from the beginning, as are most portrayals of women's sexuality in the media. Why are they problematic? Because for the most part, they are portrayals that are crafted to specifically appeal to the stereotypical hetero male. This is largely why many feminists have a problem with the idea of the Bond Girl. The Bond Girl is not about presenting a liberated, healthy role-model for women. She is, rather, a set of instructions on how to best please a man. Even the name 'Bond Girl' suggests a general lack of respect for the authority and autonomy of women; these are adult women, and yet we call them girls. Please do more research next time, Movie Bob.

Wow...I'm actually surprised to learn that the feminist movement was ever in favor of the Bond girl mythos. How very edifying, Bob, thank you. :)

For me, to be a true Bond girl, you have to have a silly name. Not as silly as Christmas Jones, mind you, but silly.

huh interesting discussion bob, didn't really think about all this but now that you outlined the history of bond and bond girls i can see your point

As a woman, I really enjoyed your commentary, MovieBob!

It was fair, balanced, insightful & informative. Good work!

Now, when are we going to get a FEMALE bond character this isn't played as a big joke?

Leslee

awesome, you really know your stuff

As allways very informative. And while this comes as no surprise considering that yours is the generation that likes "those" Bond movies, I totaly disagre on the statment that Daniel Craig James Bond has ANYTHING to do with the now tipical Jason Bourne-like action hero. Don't get me wrong even at my young age I've seen most of the James Bond movies, namely all of the Sean Connery ones, around half of the Roger Moore ones, one I think, of the Timothy Dalton one, everything from Pierce Brosnan and Danel Craig, and I love all iterataions in the context of their periods. But the thing is I felt James Bond stagnated during the Pierce Brosnan time, I mean for fuck's sake I didn't know if I was watching James Bond or Ethan Thomas with a better hair-do. Basicly, for me Casino Royale was breath of fresh air and while it took the GOOD from today's "grity and realistic" movies it had a riveting story didn't take the action serious to the point at wich you felt the camera-man was having sesiure and most of all, deep, interesting characters. Sure QoS was a lot less focused on that but the fact that it turned more improbable action-style was to pander to your guard of viewers but still admirablly not giving away the new tone the series found.
Well, that's my opinion.

PS: Also Moonreaker was just fucking stupid.

I actually liked Pierce as Bond. He was a special kind of British classy, which was pretty good most of the time. Daniel Craig made the big turn of what Bond was, but I still like him for his job in Casino Royale.

Totally disagree here. New James Bond kicks ass and when you see one of the Connery flicks today you can't help but notice that it's basically a cheap comedy with a lot of charm.

Daniel Craig reinvigorated the role making it exciting, tense and thrilling after a decline over the 90s. It's not his fault that A Quantum sucked ass, he did all he could with the drivel he was given.

Eva Green is one of the best Bond girls ever, she was absolutely sublime in Casino Royal.

Best Bond ever: Moore
Best Villain: Jaws
Best Bond Girl: Ursula Andress/ Eva
Best song: Live and let die.

Nice video though.

groundedcrow:
Feminism
Then: "Ooooh..."
Now: "AUGH!!!"

Indeedie - in fact, MovieBob, I condemn you for your unprevoked use of Hilary Clinton. As you see, the results are...to horrible to truly describe:

Brotherofwill:
Totally disagree here. New James Bond kicks ass and when you see one of the Connery flicks today you can't help but notice that it's basically a cheap comedy with a lot of charm.

Daniel Craig reinvigorated the role making it exciting, tense and thrilling after a decline over the 90s. It's not his fault that A Quantum sucked ass, he did all he could with the drivel he was given.

Eva Green is one of the best Bond girls ever, she was absolutely sublime in Casino Royal.

I have to agree abit. The old Bond just looks silly at best, stupid at worst. Maybe we had to be there.

And I'm shocked by the idea the Bond girls where ever considered ideals for the feminist movement. Seriously, they where useless typically useless - though there was that one Greek one who sniped people...with a crossbow :| :\

love this one Bob, and yes Sean Connery is the GREATEST James Bond.

very interesting to see the culture behind it all, and kinda funny how feminism made a complete 180 over that time period lol

aLibrarianOfSorts:
I think the summary of Feminism in this is waaaay to simplistic. Feminism has never been a single-minded, unified movement and any contradictions that seem to occur in feminist ideology largely stem from the fact that feminism is as fragmented as any social movement. The ideas that reach a mainstream audience will be those of the movements most vocal members, not necessarily those of the majority. Besides, the 'sexual liberation' of the Bond Girls has been problematic from the beginning, as are most portrayals of women's sexuality in the media. Why are they problematic? Because for the most part, they are portrayals that are crafted to specifically appeal to the stereotypical hetero male. This is largely why many feminists have a problem with the idea of the Bond Girl. The Bond Girl is not about presenting a liberated, healthy role-model for women. She is, rather, a set of instructions on how to best please a man. Even the name 'Bond Girl' suggests a general lack of respect for the authority and autonomy of women; these are adult women, and yet we call them girls. Please do more research next time, Movie Bob.

Thanks. You saved me the time to write a post like this myself.

But since this is a gaming website we'll most likely fall on deaf ears.

Moore IS better than Dalton, no doubt. But Brosnan...gotta disagree with you, Brosnan brought back Bond to the quip-giving, lady-laying Bond we loved after Dalton's overly serious take on him.

I have always loved Bond and the girls he encounters...often with names so outragoues like Pussy Galore...

So cheesy but great!

Excellent work as always Movie-bob.

Intelligent social commentary+boobs
Moviebob is awesome.

i'm glad i'm not the only one who thinks the new bond movies are bad bond movies.

very nice indeed. love these "reviews", this kind of insight is awesome

Why is this on tuesday, it make my fridays

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