The Anglo-American Connection: Examining the Intersection of Class, Nationality, Gender, and Race in the James Bond Films

Lisa Funnell, Klaus-John Dodds

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This article explores the representation of Bond’s American allies in order to better understand how American geopolitical interests are reflected in the film franchise. It explores the intersection of nationality with gender and race, and how these social locations shape our reading of American characters and inform the nature of their relationships with Bond. Through a close reading key American figures such as Felix Leiter and American Bond Girls Holly Goodhead, Pam Bouvier, and Jinx Johnson, we note that male and female characters offer different images of American identity that are mobilized in key ways to help shift the tone and geopolitical direction of the franchise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-374
Number of pages18
JournalThe Journal of American Culture
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2015


  • James Bond
  • special relationship
  • geopolitics
  • Anglo-American

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