James Bond and Culture Essay

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James Bond films have been around for over fifty years and therefore have evolved with society, but a surprising concept of these films is that they actually affected these societal changes. James Bond began as a character in the spy novels of Ian Fleming, but later flourished on the big screen. In his early films Bond’s methods come off as a little villainous, but they are simply reflecting societal norms of the sixties and seventies. Dintia Smith of the New York Times even said “but just as the audience judges the Bond films, the films judge the audience, providing a kind of map of cultural change over the years.” James Bond movies can be used as examples of weaknesses in society and how society should look because of his treatment of …show more content…
This showed that sex was not something that the needed to be feared but embraced, because it is ultimately what swayed Romanova to his side in the end, thus showing sex as a uniting experience.
Sleaziness and sex brings up the next actor Roger Moore, who Zech Bouchard, of DreamMovieCast.com, commented on, “he was without a doubt the sleaziest of all the Bonds….” This is easy to see in any of his movies, from the 70’s, for example in Live and Let Die he cannot successfully seduce a high priestess, so he replaces her tarot cards with a deck that has only the “lovers” card, and she consequently sleeps with Bond after the incident. The reviews of the Moore films were much more polite than those of Connery’s films, because the influence of Connery’s had worked and films became more violent and sexual like society. “Here too there is evidence of significant changes in the ways in which the Bond movies were perceived…the hostility with which some critics had greeted the early Bond films had entirely disappeared….” (Chapman) This represents how the early Bond films had successful influenced society that there is nothing wrong with a little sex and violence every so often. The films however did fall short in improving the view of women until
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