10/25/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Are Bond Girls Feminist Icons?

Really? Admittedly, the Bond films - and the Ian Fleming books on which they were based - will never be mistaken for the works of Andrea Dworkin or Naomi Klein. They are escapist thrillers about an action hero who saves the world from some madman (or woman, think Rosa Klebb) and ends up in the embrace of a beautiful dame with, in the words of Fleming, 'splendid protuberances. Back and front'.

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