Bond Girls: Gender, Technology and Film

Abstract:

In both society and its cinematic representations, technology and culture are bound together, acting and reacting to one another. These bonds have combined to transform gender. In this paper, I will examine the relationships between technology and gender in one of the most widely recognized and popular film collections of modern film studies: James Bond movies. In this context, the relationships between various women and Bond, as well as the relationships between women and technology, are extremely enlightening as to the gender ideologies that exist in contemporary society. These interactions reveal deep-seated conventions involving romance and sexuality between men and women that add complexity to modern womanhood in film and in society; I will examine this intricate set of ideologies through the lens of the Bond films, focusing most closely on the films made in the 1990’s post-internet culture: Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough.

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