James Bond in the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007 (Smart Pop series)

James Bond in the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007 (Smart Pop series)

Glenn Yeffeth

Language: English

Pages: 199

ISBN: 193377102X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The staying power of the world’s most dashing secret agent and the evolution of the James Bond franchise are explored in this smart yet nostalgic collection of essays. Leading writers, including Raymond Benson, J.A. Konrath, Raelynn Hillhouse, and John Cox, discuss the ten sexiest Bond girls, the best villains, and the controversy surrounding the latest actor to play James Bond. Topics covered range from the playful—how to build a secret lair and avoid the perennial mistakes made by would-be world dominators—to the thought-provoking, such as Bond’s place in the modern world, his Oedipal tendencies and perceived misogyny, and the unerring allure of the charming spy.














you Want It?: Only if you’re really lonely. You might also consider getting the seagull snorkel as well, and pretend you’re a ray chasing a seagull. You can play that one for hours and hours. BuyInG tIp: If you spend more that $30 for this, you’re a real moron. 77 j a m e S b O n d I n T H e 2 1 ST C e n T U R Y GadGet: Lotus Esprit sports car that turns into a submarine, complete with mines, missiles, underwater ink jets, and self-destruct mechanism, that Bond used in The Spy Who Loved Me

for in asskicking fun—with Bond’s ass on the receiving end of those size six lace-up go-go boots. The scene in which 007 meets up with this scantily clad duo takes place in a postmodern concrete and glass house that’s doubling as a prison for the Howard Hughes–inspired tycoon, Willard Whyte (played by famed sausage monger, Jimmy Dean, which—the hell?). Bambi (in crazy braids, head wrap, and choker necklace) and Thumper (in yellow bikini, midriff chain, and hoop earrings) are, I think, his prison

not a total slut like most of the Bond girls. Yes, there’s the whole “moonlight swim” with Bond at the film’s conclusion, but I think she’s one of the few Bond girls who didn’t just give it up to Bond when he had an itch that needed scratching. Get down with your bad self, sister. Erin: You know, I don’t think that you can realistically call her a “sister” since you’re, you know, a guy. Harry: That’s not true. The Bond girls transcend time, space, and even gender roles. Melina and I are

has spouted in any Bond film, when he answered Bond’s question, “Do you expect me to talk?” with, “No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die.” But Goldfinger wasn’t cool like Bond. A Jack Nicholson might take over a Batman movie, but no one was going to distract us from Sean Connery. Bond villains are an integral part of what people think of as the classic 007 tradition. No Bond movie could be made without a villain, and often a henchman or two as well. And, of course, two of the first three Bond films

level of a gladiatorial match. They don’t say the girls are fighting to death, but they don’t say they aren’t! In fact, the fight between the two women “in love with the same man” is so savage (or so arousing?) that Bond asks for it to be stopped. Strange that the only way we’re “saved” from this scene is by an explosion of good old-fashioned gunplay. Stranger yet is the relief we feel at the arrival of this “safe” movie violence. How sexually charged is this scene? When From Russia with Love

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