Still from Dr No, courtesy of MGM
Changing sexual mores can be tracked by watching the way 007 flirts with Moneypenny and the way she reacts.
It is easy to forget that the James Bond franchise is firmly set in the world of work. Bond's evolution reflects changing attitudes to the workplace.
Moonraker movie poster from 1979 created by Dan Gouzee.
The tensions between North Korea and the US over its long range ballistic missile programme echo a well-known James Bond plot.
Actor Roger Moore.
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Few actors have combined real charm, self-deprecation and dash in the way Moore always did.
Sexist and altogether out-dated, the same old James Bond.
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Why are we so desperate to cling on to the heterosexist, misogynistic, and racist character?
Do these tumultuous times also mean the end of Bond as we know it?
The silence at the end of Rio 2016 will only last until we switch on our televisions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Olympic Games are a theatre — sometimes farce, sometimes tragedy, reality TV, morality play or soap opera — where geopolitical, social and technological dramas are played out.
Gillian Anderson as Jane Bond.
It's time for a new Bond – what about a woman? Two academics debate the cultural implications of changing the spy's gender.
Violence. Yes. Glamour. Yes. But the most engaging element of Spectre may be its tone.
Spectre is a return to form for the series, and the best of the Daniel Craig films, tying together the legend with a narrative that incorporates and develops the past 50-plus years of Bond.
British singer Sam Smith is known for his soaring falsetto.
Sam Smith's Writing's on the Wall confronts the last taboo of the canon: Bond's hypermasculinity.
This man won’t keep you safe.
James Bond and his ilk are out-dated. Better understanding and sharing of data will save more lives than spies.
Every Bond film since the 1970s has promised to revolutionise the Bond girl and bring something new to the table. They haven't yet.
In a world where the gadgets have taken over, Bond feels somewhat antiquated but he is inevitably privileged by the demands of cinema.
Looks like a Jag, emits like a Prius.
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Bond's nemeses usually want to destroy the planet but this one might help save it.
Anthony Horowitz's comments about the actor recall many euphemisms used to put Black people down.
Back in the game.
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The 21st century spy movie is typically a pretty serious affair, but Ritchie's film shows that there are still bountiful satirical possibilities.
Soon to croon about SPECTRE?
For what other film can you imagine the choice of musician sparking such intrigue?
Brachycephalus verrucosus: packing some punch.
It's the size of a fingernail but could do you some serious damage – numbness, incontinence, and muscular paralysis.
James Bond and Pussy Galore: Sean Connery and Honor Blackman film a scene for Goldfinger.
Bond has been subject to many further adventures under different authors, and they're a mixed bag, to say the least.
Back to Bond cheese.
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The latest spy film has all the familiar accoutrements. Well-cut suits, a dastardly villain, some intricate gadgets. But this is a film that harks back to the classics: Kingsman: The Secret Service is…