Licence to Critique

Episode 006 - May Day! Disappearing Villainous Women!

October 29, 2020 Dr. Lisa Funnell Season 1 Episode 6
Licence to Critique
Episode 006 - May Day! Disappearing Villainous Women!
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Licence to Critique
Episode 006 - May Day! Disappearing Villainous Women!
Oct 29, 2020 Season 1 Episode 6
Dr. Lisa Funnell

In this episode, I discuss the depiction of villainous women - or lack thereof - in James Bond films from the 1970s and 1980s as the franchise registers/reflects the backlash to feminist gains at the time. May Day, featured in A View To A Kill (1985) is the only formidable woman to challenge Bond across the Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton eras. I discuss the influence of third wave feminism on the casting of Grace Jones and the characterization of May Day as well as the problematic use of racial stereotyping in the film. 

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In this episode, I discuss the depiction of villainous women - or lack thereof - in James Bond films from the 1970s and 1980s as the franchise registers/reflects the backlash to feminist gains at the time. May Day, featured in A View To A Kill (1985) is the only formidable woman to challenge Bond across the Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton eras. I discuss the influence of third wave feminism on the casting of Grace Jones and the characterization of May Day as well as the problematic use of racial stereotyping in the film.