Agent Triple-X tops InStyle.com’s list of top female on-screen spies

InStyle.com, inspired by the recent arrest of real-life arrest of Russian spies, came up with its on-screen women spies.

Coming in at No. 1 was Major Anya Asamova, aka Agent Triple-X from 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me. As portrayed by Barbara Bach, Triple-X was James Bond’s equal as a secret agent and was part of the reason the 1977 film helped revive the 007 film franchise, which had shown signs of slumping.

At No. 7 was Vesper Lynd, as played by Eva Green from 2006’s Casino Royale. Also of note was The Avenger’s Emma Peel at No. 2, with InStyle using photos of both Diana Rigg, the television original, and Uma Thurman, the movie version.

You can see the start of the post, and the full list BY CLICKING RIGHT HERE.

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In Bed with James Bond

bond_fionaThe terrific Australian cinephile’s webzine, Senses of Cinema, hits one out of the 007 scholarship ballpark with its new issue. In Bed with Bond, by the site’s coeditor Scott Murray, is a lavishly annotated catalogue of the Bond women, both literary and cinematic. It’s also a meticulously-constructed argument against the standard criticisms of the series in regards to sexual politics. Taking on critics from Umberto Eco to John Cork, Mr. Murray demonstrates that James Bond isn’t really the unfailing cocksman popular imagination supposes him to be, much less the arrogant woman hater/seducer reviled by his critics. Instead, using a point-by-point “scoring” system (pun intended), Murray gives us a picture of Bond as a sort-of sexual pinball, bouncing from woman to woman as a result of his fairly passive reaction to his leading ladies’ fairly aggressive seduction techniques. That’s when he has any luck at all!

It’s a fairly lengthy article, so bring a sack lunch to keep you fortified why you dig in to all the copious detail. It’s fun, it’s informative, it’s In Bed with Bond, and it’s RIGHT HERE. Enjoy!