The OP's suggestion would be interesting.
I won't shout "homophobia" because overt homosexuality is written out of a film or franchise, but I find polemical opening posts always allow for wide
and great responses.
A "Queer studies'" reading of the Bond films and books would certainly make for an interesting thesis, because here the author looks for moments that
deviate from heteronormativity.
This could include moments of sexual tension, homoeroticism, gender inversion (including characters who behave or fulfill roles of the opposite gender
- which usually has a "camp" effect), as well as fetishism and sado-masochism.
I'm not an expert on the Bond franchise, and lost interest when it became a marketing and special effect spectacle.
As a bisexual male I find something doesn't have to be overtly "gay" or "lesbian" to have queer moments.
Then there's more than one "gay" taste.
The The Walking Dead
had a same-sex male couple, which I found rather boring and soppy.
The rugged male characters (I think Rick and his erstwhile colleague Shane) and their feverish jealousy mediated by Rick's wife (although, who was
jealous of whom, in my reading of their descending madness and hate for each other) was far more compelling and fascinating.
So the anticipated openly gay couple were uninspiring and disappointing to me, or at least secondary to the other male relationships.
I'd hate to see that happen in Bond.
did much better, although once again it was the bisexual moments and fantasies between the nominally non-gay characters that were
the most entertaining.
There's lots of possible subtexts to explore, especially in the spy genre, especially as homosexuality was illegal in the UK until the late 1960's,
which didn't mean people didn't write about it (and there was homosexuality and fears of outing in espionage), it was just hidden and very wink, wink.
As in Ben-Hur (with its famous homoerotic subplot of raging jealousy inspired by Gore Vidal) it's often the only explanation why buddies suddenly turn
on each other - the one cannot posses the other, or even profess his love without undermining his own social stature and "straight" identity.
So yeah, I'd encourage a queer fan to do a queer reading or dissertation of the James Bond franchise.
And in future it could be a wider debate on what makes gay or bisexual depictions in cinema rock or not.
Historically it's often been the subtext of the spurned and bitter villain.
I think Mike Myers already did a great send-up of the sadistic villain as "Dr. Evil".
Comedy spoofs seem to recognize a lot of this, although I haven't seen a good Bond one lately.
I recall one torture scene from a more recent Bond flick that includes a chair and a rope.
It's perhaps so hardcore that only a fetish subculture would recognize it as sexual, but wow, I almost gagged on my popcorn that this scene was
included in mainstream cinema.
So there are moments, and I don't think they're accidental ...
I'd hate to see the rugged James Bond turn into romantic sop though, with a husband at home.
That would be a boring stereotype.
On the other hand, if he started chasing male rough trade like he openly chased slutty women, some would also say that's a homophobic stereotype.
Perhaps have one hot bisexual scene, which undermines him in neither way, or since "James Bond" is an alias for a number of agents, why not have a
rival gay franchise, and audiences can choose what to watch?
Perhaps the two could meet one day - a true "double agent" feature.
Well, clearly the marketing (from cars to watches) seems to appeal to a wide male audience - including those who admire the intended heterosexual
hero, and those who recognize that cinema gave queer men the opportunity to stare at other men without censure (which makes it inherently queer), and
know where to read between the lines. Perhaps it's just my age, but too open can also be witless and boring. We don't want a "Stepford Bond" either
edit on 8-7-2016 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)