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BFI video essay on James Bond’s relationships with women

Yes, Bond is a womanizer…always has been. However, there have always been critical voices about the way agent 007 treated women in the 54 year history of the film series. Reason enough for the British Film Institute to explore this issue in a video essay.

Dame Judi Dench in “Goldeneye” (1995)

Who could ever forget the scene from 1995’s “Goldeneye”, when Dame Judi Dench  famously called the suave super-spy a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur” in her role as Bond’s superior “M”. As refreshing and surprising the outburst was at the same time, she wasn’t entirely wrong…quite the opposite in fact. James Bond has quite a history when it comes to mistreating women. In a video essay exploring the world’s most famous secret agent’s relationships with women, actor Maryam d’Abo and academic Dr Hannah Hamad discuss Bond and how his character has become more rounded since the film series began more than 50 years ago. Clips from a range of Bond films including Goldfinger (1964), Live and Let Die (1973) and Spectre (2015) illustrate d’Abo and Hamad’s argument.

The British Film Institute was founded in 1933. It is a charity governed by a Royal Charter and combines cultural, creative and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI National Archive and BFI Reuben Library, film distribution, exhibition and education at BFI Southbank and BFI IMAX, publishing and festivals. The BFI awards Lottery funding to film production, distribution, education, audience development and market intelligence and research.

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