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Casino Royale Essay

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The James bond film series has captivated its audience for decades with eye-catching gadgets, explosions, and heroism of Agent 007. Over the years that these films have been produced, a variety of actors have played James bond and many actresses have played his love interests. The male roles are portrayed as overly masculine and all of the women are overly sexualized. It seems that in every James bond movie the special agent is beating up twenty guys and saving the lives of various gorgeous women who immediately go to bed with him. The portrayal of men and women in this sort of way set expectations and standards that are far too high for both genders. The characters in the James Bond film series are portrayed in ways that are negatively influencing today’s youth by sexualizing and domesticating women, while the men are violent and chauvinistic
Everyone would agree with the statement that James Bond is portrayed to be an alpha male. He is a dominate character. Bond has physical and social power, has control over his emotions, and has his way with women thought the films. In the opening scene of the movie, James Bond is chasing a suspect that he is ordered to capture. Instead of catching his target, agent 007 kills this man. When confronted with his killing, Bond responds casually “I thought the world could use one less bomb maker.” This man defies his commands and takes human life for no reason and without remorse. In another scene, Bond is in a high stakes poker tournament. After winning a man’s car from him, he has sexual relations with that man’s wife just to get information out of her. Are boys receiving the right message by watching these films? That using women and killing men on a whim are not only acceptable, they make you a more masculine desirable man. According to Aimee Tompkins of the Psych Journal “Children who view media violence are more likely to have increased feelings of hostility, decreased emotional response to the portrayal of violence and injury that lead to violent behavior through imitation.” Tompkins also said that “boys tend to assimilate their heroes”. Every young boy in a modernized country looks up to James Bond, how could they not? He is everything that most boys want to grow up to be; a man with power, respect, and women. It’s not the goals of attaining those things that is troublesome for young boys, it is the way they are shown how to. When agent 007 is placed in a bad situation he gets out of it by using the people around him. If he has no use for a person, he does not keep them around. James bond has no respect for human life. According to Movie Body Count. Com, in the entire Bond films combined, Bond has killed a total of 610 people. The article Shaken and Stirred: A Content Analysis of Women’s Portrayals in James Bond Film
“Exposure to scenes of explicit violence juxtaposed with sexual images is believed to blunt males emotional reactions to film violence and lead males...

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