Dr. Lisa Funnell is a professor, award winning author, and leading expert on gender, feminism, and geopolitics in James Bond and other action films. She is currently working as an Associate Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Lisa Funnell has been studying gender, feminism, and geopolitics in James Bond for nearly two decades. She grew up in Canada watching the James Bond films starring Roger Moore with her Dad. They would enjoy Sunday dinners in front of the TV and invariably select Bond films to watch. She is a lifelong fan of the Bond franchise and the collection of VHS tapes she watched with her Dad as a child is one of her most prized possessions.
She began studying women in the James Bond franchise in 2003 while completing her Masters Degree in Popular Culture from Brock University in Canada. She wrote a thesis on The Bond Girl Phenomenon (defended in 2005) and has continued to publish on various topics helping to shape the sub-field of “Gender Studies” within James Bond scholarship.
In 2014, she published her first book Warrior Women: Gender, Race, and the Transnational Chinese Star (SUNY Press). Her interest in Chinese warrior women stems from the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) starring Michelle Yeoh as Bond Girl Wai Lin. Funnell was so intrigued by the dynamic performance of Yeoh that she wrote a book on Chinese warrior women and even featured Yeoh on its cover. In 2015, Warrior Women won the Emily Toth Award for Best Single Work in Women’s Studies from the PCA/ACA among other honors.
In 2015, Funnell published For His Eyes Only: The Women of James Bond (Wallflower Press). It is first book-length academic anthology on feminism and femininity in the Bond series. It features 28 essays from scholars working around the globe and explores a range of factors that have shaped the depiction of women in the Bond films. In his Foreword, preeminent Bond scholar Christoph Lindner writes that “This book is urgently needed,” offers a “radically different vision of the world of James Bond,” and “changes how we see and understand the 007 series as a whole, including our relationship to it.”
In 2017, Funnell published her book Geographies, Genders, and Geopolitics of James Bond (Palgrave 2017) co-written with Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway, University of London). This passion project was the product of a shared interest in understanding and analyzing the world of James Bond. It offers a new and interdisciplinary lens through which the films can be analyzed and explores a range of topics have been largely overlooked. This book is one of many research projects that Funnell and Dodds have embarked on together.
Funnell is working on a new book Screening #MeToo: Rape Culture in Hollywood (SUNY Press) edited with Ralph Beliveau. Her own paper in the collection focuses on sexual violence in the Connery era Bond films and their source novels. This is but one of many Bond related research projects she will be publishing this year.
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