James Bond movies and the questionable things that are being ignored.

The racist quips were made casually. For nearly six decades, Bond films have been around. Cultural standards have significantly altered what is and what is not dull to joke about in that period. You always have a good bit of casual racism, frequently masked as cheeky witches, when you look at older films.

Please take the title “Octopussy,” mainly in modern India. In one scenario, when Bond presents his gambling gains to an Indian, he comments, “This will keep you a few weeks in curry.” Likewise, in Moonraker, Bond casts an Asian descendant on piano from a bell tower before making an excellent comment: “Play that again, San.” Jest is nonetheless harmful.

The continual stereotyping at the national level. Apart from the humour, Bond is not essentially passing current wake tests: Bond is an imperialist power that works for Her Majesty in postcolonial environments such as Hong Kong and Jamaica.

Bond’s jingoism aside, the jet-set comes with the territory of spying. Therefore it makes sense to have a World Tour of Sorts by Bond’s high stakes escapades. But these journeys sometimes dive into the area of travel. Thus, the travelogue genre constitutes an exceptionally subjective type of tourism: an explanation of one’s trips abroad. Although not always dubious, travellers tend to reproduce and strengthen national and ethnic prejudices. They account for one nationality founded by and for another.

This less than comfortable travelling environment has been developed in the Bond movies, especially in the early years. But, as Sandra Song from Paper writes, it is an attitude entrenched in the original prose of author Ian Fleming which rely primarily on other races’ “one-dimensional caricatures,” even the odd plain claim of white superiority. No doubt it is problematic, regardless of whether you take this to be a factual depiction of unfortunately typical beliefs at that time or a perspective supported by Fleming.

Nick Nack’s disrespectful treatment. In 1974, The Man of the Golden Gun saw Roger Moore, the famous three-sided murderer Francisco Scaramanga hot on heels of himself. Bond (Christopher Lee). Scaramanga is an excentric crack-shot with Nick Nack, a trusted servant of dwarfism. Nick Nack attempts his hardest to murder Bond as he can.

Bond stuffs Nick Nack in a bag during a scoop aboard a ship towards the film’s end. At the expense of the size of Nick Nack, the meeting takes place for laughs. Bond has the right to protect himself against alleged killers, of course; yet, he does not understand and dehumanise Nick Nack’s treatment as a mere object.


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