The Women of James Bond: Femmes Fatale, Toads, and Birds with Wings Down

The world of James Bond extends from 1953 to 2022 and beyond. Agent 007 is known as a hero, a womanizer, and (to quote M), a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur.”

How were women portrayed in the Ian Fleming novels, and how did that change in the films? Have “Bond girls” been objects or fully-fleshed humans? What tropes are familiar in Bond’s women? How have these portrayals changed with the times, and how have they failed to change?


Deborah Lipp is the author of The Ultimate James Bond Fan Book, the former co-owner of “Basket of Kisses: Smart Discussion about Smart Television,” and a contributing author of Mad Men Carousel. Additionally, Deborah is the author of ten books on occult topics such as Wicca, magic, and Tarot.

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