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  • Goodbye Mister Bond: 007’s critical advocacy for feminism & modernism

Harriss, Harriet, 2016, Book Section, Goodbye Mister Bond: 007’s critical advocacy for feminism & modernism In: Research Based Education 2016. The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK, pp. 348-357. ISBN 978-0-9929485-9-7

Abstract or Description:

It’s not just villains that are fond of saying, “goodbye mister Bond”. Any viewer mindful of prejudice is likely to have wished that he - or rather his casually misogynistic attitudes to women – could get killed off on occasion, too. And yet, could James Bond be considered to be both a feminist and modernist advocate? If not, then why would the author - an architect and a feminist - find the way in which both women and modernist buildings are represented in all 24 Bond films politically affirming and even professionally inspiring - as opposed to simply sexist or oppressive (Funnell, 2011)? In the spirit of auto-ethnographic curiosity (Chang, 2008), this paper considers whether the way in which Bond films represent both women and modernist architecture amounts to negative stereotyping, or if they offer instead a critique of their mutually problematised status within society.

Official URL: https://issuu.com/bartlettarchucl/docs/aae16_publi...
Subjects: Architecture > K100 Architecture > K110 Architectural Design Theory
Other > Social studies > L200 Politics > L210 Political Theories > L216 Feminism
Other > Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies > P303 Film studies
School or Centre: School of Architecture
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2016 12:18
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2016 12:18
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2376

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