And, slight digression here: I grew up watching Bond movies. And when I say “grew up watching,” I mean that my dad is a huge Bond fanboy; he would take over the television when there was a Bond Marathon, he owns a bunch of merch, including posters, and owns a goodly chunk of the movies and the soundtracks on various formats… I can name a Bond movie from like 10 seconds of its theme song and I have Opinions about all the Bond movies, including the apocryphal ones (Never Say Never Again and the first Casino Royale, for those who don’t know). My favorite Bond movie is On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and I will throw down about Lazenby, even though I don’t think it’s the best Bond movie because it’s got a lot of gross weirdness even within the sliding scale of ‘Bond movies always have some problematic baggage.’
So I know me some Bond, okay. But really, I want to talk about Bond Girls* for a second.
all of this is perfection. I dread the day my book comes out and I get the first “Gail Godwin is a strong female character” review.