James Bond was originally created during the Cold War, when British influence was heavily waning. Correspondingly, the series was a Trojan Horse for anti-Communist and pro-British Empire ideas. There have also been several instances of overtly racist portrayals of characters in James Bond movies. For instance, the white actor Joseph Wiseman wore makeup to portray the eponymous half-Chinese character in Dr. No. In a further example of yellowface, in You Only Live Twice, James Bond disguises himself as a Japanese man. These images serve to portray broad conceptions of Asian culture, and perpetuate stereotypical ideas about the people who live there. James Bond is a weapon of the British Empire, sent out to defeat Communists and other evil-doers. Along the way, non-white people are Othered as unimportant.
[P1] James Bond was created in reaction to the Cold War and the British Empire's waning influence. [P2] James Bond is a symbol of imperialism and anti-Communism.