This weekend I went to see Quantum of Solace, and thanks to my severely reduced expectations, rather enjoyed losing myself in the car, boat and plane chases. One scene, however, snapped me from my suspended reality back to the misogynist world that Bond operates in. Working up to the climax of the film, the recently enstated and subsequently duped Venezuelan president crime lord sends a young girl up to his room to await him while he finished his meeting. The next time we see him, or rather hear him, he is grunting obscenely over her, ripping her dress. Back to Bond, framed with fire and flying debris. Then to the heroine, whose parents the president killed years ago. There is a brief, violent scene where the president and the heroine grapple for the gun and in which the heroine gets thrown through a coffee table. The heroine is finally able to reach the gun and shoot the president, to his surprise, and then….
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Posted on Wednesday, November 28th, by Rob Hunter. Both stumble, though, with their often obtuse, cluttered, and utterly idiotic scripts. Seriously, I worked IT for a coffee retailer and even we knew better than to do something that stupid. Toss in an elaborately moronic plan by the villain, and you have a big, beautiful disappointment. Both movies are beautiful but inane garbage fires.
A Bond girl is a character who is an attractive love interest or female sidekick of James Bond in a novel, film, or video game. There is no set rule on what kind of person a Bond girl will be or what role she will play. She may be an ally or an enemy of Bond, pivotal to the mission or simply eye candy. There are female characters such as Judi Dench 's M , and Camille Montes , a Bolivian intelligence agent who teams up with Bond in Quantum of Solace , who are not romantic interests of Bond, and hence not strictly Bond girls. Nearly all of Ian Fleming 's Bond novels and short stories include one or more female characters who can be said to qualify as Bond girls, most of whom have been adapted for the screen. While Fleming's Bond girls have some individual traits at least in their literary forms , they also have a great many characteristics in common. Bond girls conform to a fairly well-defined standard of beauty.
The reason why has stood the test of time so well is that he is so one-dimensional — he likes sleeping with women, beating up men and shooting people. And martinis. The most interesting thing about Bond movies is always the Bond girls. While Bond remains essentially the same character no matter which actor plays him, each movie can be defined by the different personalities of the women who enter his life. Which, they kind of do, I suppose, but the really standout female characters in the universe Ian Fleming created would have Bond for breakfast. Damning with faint praise alert. Prancing around in her bikini inadvertently helping Bond save the world. This is dire stuff, and a dark reminder of how undermined Bond girls used to be.