Lately I have started analysing James Bond films. The first one I tackled was Goldfinger (1964, US$124.9 million at the worldwide box office), then Thunderball (1965, US$141.2 million at the worldwide box office). Next I will analyse the other Bond movies starring Sean Connery: Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963) and You Only Live Twice (1967). The more movies I see from the 1960s the more I think this is when the objectification of women really hit full swing. In Goldfinger the female lead is named Pussy Galore (played by Honor Blackman), and in one scene her employer, Goldfinger, says to her, "Please entertain Mr. Bond for me, Pussy." This request, made of Blackman, appears to be the main one filmmakers--the vast majority of which are men--make of all actresses for their intended male audiences, although typically somewhat more subtly than in Goldfinger.
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