I know this song from No Doubt may not have been a totally obvious choice… but follow me down the rabbit hole. If you pay close attention to the visual cues and how they play along with the lyrics in the song, suddenly Goldfinger becomes a love story between Bond and Goldfinger. Or at least a foregrounding of their latent Oedipal rivalry showcased in their competition for “mom” aka Pussy Galore. Really. Swearsies. I’m not making this up.
Goldfinger Opening Remix w/ No Doubt from James Patrick on Vimeo.
Arguably, no Bond movie is larger than Goldfinger. Therefore, in light of #Bond_age_versary and #Goldfinger, I couldn’t pick just five tweets to nominate for the Gold Tweet. You’ll have to pick one of these six. You’ll suffer through just fine.
This is the third essay in a 24-part series about the James Bond cinemas. I encourage everyone to comment and join in on an extended conversation about not only the films themselves, but cinematic trends, political and other external influences on the series’ tone and direction.
Of [In]human #Bond_age_ #3: Subtext and the Rape of Pussy Galore
by James David Patrick
The following essay intends to discuss the cinematic subtext and potential cultural factors that may have influenced the creation of the “barn scene” in Goldfinger. It is not meant to undermine the real horror that many women have had to overcome as a result of rape or sexual assault. I hope to treat the topic with sensitivity but still allow for a clinical but frank discussion about how or why the way we view this scene has changed in the nearly 50 years since its release.
James Bond confronts Pussy Galore (played by Honor Blackman) in a barn. His aim, of course, is to have a figurative and literal roll in the hay. She is reluctant. She flips him. He flips her. It is aggressive yet supposedly playful courting, punctuated by a Mickey-Moused score (just in case you didn’t grasp the supposed innocence of it all), the stubbornness of James Bond’s womanizing and Pussy Galore’s shield of chaste cynicism (a chastity we presume to be false), mano a femano. With both of them on the ground, he forces a kiss. She struggles beneath him before, inevitably, giving in and returning his embrace.