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Who is James Bond? Show more Show less
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From the beginning of the James Bond movie franchise in 1962, 007 has proved to be a long-lasting cultural icon. The spy for the U.K. Secret Service has now starred in 26 movies, accruing many high-tech gadgets and charming huge amounts of women as he goes. But who is James Bond? Is he a hero? A villain? A symbol of a time gone by? Or totally irrelevant?

James Bond is an amazing character Show more Show less

James Bond is a compelling character who has been popular for decades - with good reason.
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James Bond represents social change

The Bond films have managed to keep up with social change throughout their tenure.
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The Argument

Throughout the history of James Bond films, the films have adapted to social change in order to be continually relevant. This capacity for reflecting social change can be seen in the treatment of women throughout the series. While in early movies women were continually objectified, the movies have worked to correct this in more recent iterations.[1] Recently, an example of the development of the films is the hiring of writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who has expressed her deep belief in the films continued relevance despite Bond's previous treatment of women in earlier films. Waller-Bridge stated that "[the franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly."[2] This is also clearly seen in the continued discussion around making Bond a person of colour, a woman, or both. In mid-2019, there was speculation that after Daniel Craig Bond would be played by Lashana Lynch, a woman of colour. While this was later refuted, the discussion around the reported news indicated the receptiveness an audience may have to such a change.[3] In previous years, a woman of colour playing Bond would have been unthinkable, but the positive reception indicated not only that this would no longer be impossible, but that the character of Bond would benefit greatly from casting a woman of colour. Doing so would show definitively that the franchise is capable of moving with the times. Bond has continually adapted to social change. This is proof that, as a cultural figure, they remain relevant.

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Premises

[P1] The Bond movies continually adapt to social change. [P2] This shows the quality and continued relevance of the character and franchise.

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References

  1. https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/bond-25-why-is-james-bond-relevant-in-2019/
  2. https://deadline.com/2019/05/phoebe-waller-bridge-bond-1202624860/
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jul/15/lashana-lynch-new-007-james-bond-daniel-craig
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