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?
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James Bond is nothing but a symbol of sexism, imperialism and capitalist over-indulgence
Throughout the series, James Bond shows little regard for women to the point of overt misogyny.
In the novel Goldfinger, James Bond has sex with Pussy Galore to 'correct' her lesbianism. In Live and Let Die, he uses a woman's spirituality to trick and seduce her. In Thunderball, Bond forces a woman to have sex with him under threat of losing her job if she does not comply. Bond also physically assaults women in several movies.
Bond treats women as objects, rather than equals. They are helpless maidens or seductresses who play hard to get. The James Bond series is the portrayal of a misogynist with no acknowledgement he is a misogynist, perpetuating harmful ideas about women.
[P1] Bond has a long history of overtly sexist actions, including sexual and physical assault.
[P2] The Bond franchise is actively sexist and harmful.