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Bond and feminism: our preview of Quantum of Solace


October 30, 2008/12.43

Olga Kurylenko as Camille in Eon Productions' Quantum of Solace
Olga Kurylenko as Camille, entering Medrano’s suite at Perla De Las Dunas, Bolivia, in Eon Productions’ Quantum of Solace. Photographed by Karen Ballard.

With the worldwide première of the new James Bond ?lm, Quantum of Solace, almost upon us, we decided to run an article originally destined for the print edition of Lucire online today. While the print article will have more quotations, Jack Yan’s examination of the Bond girl and feminism appears as Lucire’s web cover story in nearly its complete form.
   It’s a journey through some of the literary characters from Ian Fleming’s world, with their complexities, to their translations on screen during the 1960s—and that after Barbara Broccoli’s ascent in to the producer’s chair, the Bond women became less two-dimensional. Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd from Casino Royale is highlighted as an example and there’s a sneak preview of Olga Kurylenko’s character in Quantum of Solace, Camille, and Gemma Arterton’s MI6 agent Fields.
   While it’s not related to Bond, you can get some ?rst-class pampering at Spa Horrobin & Hodge, which we visited earlier this year. Our review also appears online this week—along with some photographs that take us back to a lovely property. If you are based in the lower North Island in New Zealand, Spa Horrobin & Hodge, near Levin, is a lovely retreat away that not too many people know about yet. And the level of pampering surpasses many of the city spas and beauty therapy places. To top it all off, Horrobin & Hodge is socially responsible, with eco-conscious products—some grown in its own nursery.

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