The Representation of the ‘Bond Girl'

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Whenever there is a Bond film, there is always a Bond girl. She is as indispensable as the gadgets, the car, the chase and the villain set on overtaking the earth.
They have always been in the centre of controversy; they have always been branded as beautiful women (often with sexually overt names) who need Bond and ironically, Bond cannot complete his mission without them. They always seem to have perfection in everything they do. However, this portrayal of women can be somewhat unrealistic. Some may want the representation of the ‘Bond Girl' to stay as it is but others may want the portrayal of the ‘Bond Girl' to depict the modern idea of ‘girl power.'
I for one think that this representation of women is harmless, partly because it is
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These names suggest to us, that these girls were cheap and the public saw that too. They stereotyped all the actresses who played a Bond Girl to be as ‘dumb' as their character. They do not realise that it is only a character.

There are four types of Bond Girl. The Angel with a Wing Down: an innocent woman connected to the villains whom Bond usually saves. The Naïve Beauty, an innocent woman caught up in the plot by accident, which Bond always saves. The Comrade in Arms, a skilled woman with whom Bond is forced to join forces – then to save, and the villainous Vixen, an insane woman whom Bond Sleeps with but never saves.

Over the years, however, the Bond Girls' skills and names have changed gradually. From being "dumb blonde girls" (e.g. Honey Ryder in Dr. No) to being "intelligent able women" (Like Wei Lyn in Tomorrow Never Dies). Before all the Bond girls provided was the glamour and sex appeal but now they contribute to the action as well. However, Bond's attitude towards the Bond Girls' has not changed. He never keeps the same girl. After he uses her and completes his mission, he gets rid of her and gets himself a new girl. This makes us think of the Bond Girl as one of Bonds possessions, who he can rid himself of, for every new mission.

I analysed two scenes from two Bond Films. "Dr No" (1969) and "Tomorrow never Dies" (1997) featuring two Bond girls, Honey


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