Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
Tentacle-porn imagery in the opening credits sequence? Yuck.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: With the departure of Judi Dench as M, there is no longer even a single woman in a position of authority in the current Bond series… though she continues to motivate Bond from beyond the grave, which is the opposite of positive representation of women. (Léa Seydoux’s character here is a doctor, but she doesn’t serve as any sort of authority in this story; her work is utterly irrelevant to her character and to the plot, in which she is nothing more than a damsel in distress and in constant need of rescue by the male protagonist.) Even Moneypenny, who was a field agent who held her own next to Bond in the previous film, has been reduced to little more than a secretary here. The current Bond series had been slightly better in its depiction of women than the older films, but it takes a big step backward in that regard with this installment.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Spectre! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of Spectre.