The Original Cultural History of the Bond Girl
by Robert A. Caplen
Bond girls are considered to be 'ubiquitous symbols of glamour and sophistication,' according to Robert A. Caplen in his book Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond, that is.
Sir Roger Moore
In what may be the first study of super-spy James Bond to include an extensive look at Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, legal scholar Caplen kicks off his Shaken & Stirred series with a fascinating look at 'the most celebrated, often trivialized, but ultimately academically neglected Bondian subject: the Bond Girl.' In this extensive but eminently readable study of Bond's many female partners, Caplen analyzes in detail the Bond Girl's evolutionary journey over the course of the past five decades . . . .
Publisher's Weekly ★ 12/16/2013
Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond is the first full-scale academic book to trace the intersection of feminism, James Bond, and popular culture.
The unofficial story of the Bond Girl, Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond explores how the Bond Girl is portrayed in print and on film. It addresses what her character says about our culture's conceptions of gender and femininity, and how she reflects the triumphs and shortcomings of the gender equality movement of the late twentieth century.
During the 1999-2000 academic year as a student at Boston University, author Robert A. Caplen formulated a research project that addressed a unique and unanswered question: what do the James Bond films say, if anything, about the portrayal of women in popular culture? His inquiry led him to develop an academic study bridging feminism and James Bond. Robert's thesis, "Shaken and Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond, 1962-1979," was submitted to the History Department faculty at Boston University in April 2001 in partial fulfillment of the requirements of his undergraduate and graduate degrees. The first edition of Shaken & Stirred: The Feminism of James Bond was published in 2010. A second edition was released in 2012.
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