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.
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.