Part 1 in the blog’s survey of Bond’s treatment of the leading ladies concentrated on the first three actors to portray the role: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, and Roger Moore. Part 2 shall advance things from Timothy Dalton through to Daniel Craig. The first chapter in the Timothy Dalton era was unequivocally influenced by the … Continue reading Hot Topic continued: Bond’s treatment of women (Part 2)
This 2nd Hot Topic entry will concentrate on Bond’s behaviour towards some of the women he’s encountered throughout the franchise’s 53+ year history. For the sake of offering readers a manageable experience, consider this Part 1, going from Connery through Moore.
In the previous section of the DN review (insert link), the blog explored the areas in which the original film was not up to par, certainly by early 21st century standards. With those unfortunate misgivings out of the way, it’s time to get to the good stuff.
DN is the movie every single Bond fan on this planet has to be thankful towards, otherwise none of us would have started fan clubs, blogs, magazines, podcasts, or constantly exchange ideas and bicker on Twitter. And yet, Terence Young’s film is not one regularly cited as a favourite within the fan base or by cinephiles with certain proclivities towards the franchise.
While the Bond series purports none of the thematic cynicism that so many noir entries of the classical period embraced, there is one unmistakable ingredient that has permeated, at least occasionally, in the 007 films. The ‘femme fatale.’
I believe it was Cubby Broccoli who was quoted as saying that the role is bigger than the actor playing it. How could he be wrong? The franchise has lasted 6 decades and counting with 6 different actors and counting. If only one actor could truly handle the role, the franchise would have died long ago because audiences would not have responded in kind.
As with most things in life, the truth of the matter lies in that dastardly, ever inconclusive grey zone. The franchise is not, by any stretch of the imagination, as bad as its critics like to claim, nor is it as good as many of us would like to think it is.