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'Spectre' Breaks James Bond Stereotypes

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Two of the most popular movie out now could not be more different. The animated Peanuts movie is becoming a family favorite just in time for the holidays and on the other end of the spectrum is Spectre - the latest entry in a long line of James Bond films.

Film contributor Dave Luhrssen say where the Bond franchise has been and where it’s going makes this film an especially noteworthy addition.

"Its taking a stand against a couple of things," Luhrssen says, "against the all-pervasive surveillance state which is a danger in our world right now given technology and its also a warning against techno-utopians." 

One of the James Bond staples is the Bond girl. Historically Bond girls have been scantily clad women with little ability to help the protagonist. Or, they've been backstabbing eye-candy unleashed on Bond to distract him from a mission. Luhrssen says Spectre does the complete opposite.

"Her character, I think, was very respectable and understandable, and sympathetic." Luhrssen says, "the gross objectification of women that Bond films have often been guilty of didn't happen here."

Audrey is a WUWM host and producer for Lake Effect.
David Luhrssen is arts and entertainment editor of the Shepherd Express, co-founder of the Milwaukee International Film Festival and co-author of A Time of Paradox: America Since 1890. He is the winner of the Pace Setter Award for contributions to Milwaukee's film community from the Milwaukee Independent Film Society. David Luhrssen has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and Milwaukee Area Technical College.