'Gender and James Bond' Course at the University of Oklahoma

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In the Spring Semester of 2019, the University of Oklahoma’s College of Arts and Sciences will offer a three-credit Women and Gender Studies course, 'Gender and James Bond' taught by Assistant Professor Lisa Funnell author of ' For His Eyes Only: The Women of James Bond'.

Course Description:

Explores the unprecedented longevity and popular cultural viability of the James Bond film franchise. First, the representation of heroism and villainy in the series will be considered, focusing on the performance and intersectionality of gender, race, class, nationality and sexual orientation. Second, the popular culture impact of the Bond franchise will be examined. Development of the "Bondian" film formula focusing on aspects of visual style, music, and the role of technology will be explored. They will also consider the marketing of the Bond films through the opening credit sequence, movie posters, and secondary market products such as James Bond videogames, comic books, and cartoons. Third, students will explore the problematic representation of women in the Bond film franchise. They will examine four key characters or character types: the Bad Girl, the Bond Girl, M, and Miss Moneypenny. Finally, students will consider how Casino Royale (2005) functions a prequel and effectively reboots the franchise in the new millennium. They will explore how key "Bondian" elements (such as heroic masculinity) have been reframed in the 2000s and consider why producers chose to reframe the film franchise. Ultimately, the goal of this course is to explore the ongoing commercial viability of the James Bond franchise and explore the popular cultural impact of its films.

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  • Posts: 150
    Sounds as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs.
  • DragonpolDragonpol Schloss Drache.
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    Judas Priest!
  • peterpeter Toronto
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    Uh... considering they got the year of CR wrong....
  • Agent_99Agent_99 Enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
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    I follow Lisa Funnell on Twitter. She knows her Bond and is a general force for good. Would love to do this course!
  • MooreFun wrote: »
    Sounds as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs.

    Hey, I resemble that remark!
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    Agent_99 wrote: »
    I follow Lisa Funnell on Twitter. She knows her Bond and is a general force for good. Would love to do this course!

    Indeed, compulsory Bond watching seems not the worst thing in the world.

    The only thing I don't like is:
    Third, students will explore the problematic representation of women in the Bond film franchise.

    What problematic representation? I love the way they are represented!
  • Posts: 3,660
    I suspect this would not be a class in which to pick up chicks . ;)
  • TripAcesTripAces Universal Exports
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    Agent_99 wrote: »
    I follow Lisa Funnell on Twitter. She knows her Bond and is a general force for good. Would love to do this course!

    Indeed, compulsory Bond watching seems not the worst thing in the world.

    The only thing I don't like is:
    Third, students will explore the problematic representation of women in the Bond film franchise.

    What problematic representation? I love the way they are represented!

    Funnell does tremendous work. I think by “problematic” she means thorny. Funnell’s work has not been traditionally a Feminist take.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    I expect Sir Roger Moore's reaction to such a class.

    "Sexual discrimination, I will definitely have to pay it a visit."
  • ClarkDevlinClarkDevlin Martinis, Girls and Guns
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    MooreFun wrote: »
    Sounds as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs.
    Pretty much. :))
  • Agent_99Agent_99 Enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
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    My feeling is that if someone's going to point out the areas in which Bond is problematic - and I think even the most ardent fan would admit there are some - I'd rather it was someone who knows and loves the series than someone who's come in specifically to pick holes in it. (Having read a fair number of articles along the lines of "I watched my first Bond film and this is why it was terrible".)
  • Posts: 3,660
    Is there, or will there be, a similar course dealing with “ Fifty Shades “?
    Men did not make this book and movie series the phenomenon it is.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe S.A.R.A.H.
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    talos7 wrote: »
    Is there, or will there be, a similar course dealing with “ Fifty Shades “?
    Men did not make this book and movie series the phenomenon it is.

    Sounds like a double pack of standards, a double standard you might say.
  • CommanderRossCommanderRoss The bottom of a pitch lake in Eastern Trinidad, place called La Brea
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    talos7 wrote: »
    Is there, or will there be, a similar course dealing with “ Fifty Shades “?
    Men did not make this book and movie series the phenomenon it is.

    Sounds like a double pack of standards, a double standard you might say.

    I'd guess because Bond has a lot of positive sides as well.....
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