The Queer Female Action Spy Hero in Post-Millennial American Cinema

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This chapter focuses on spy action as a way to answer the question: where can we find queer female action heroes? The chapter will identify three films – D.E.B.S. (Advocate, 2005), Atomic Blonde (David Leitch, 2017) and The Spy Who Dumped Me (Susanna Fogel, 2018) – worth attention to highlight the potential and problems of the queer female hero in spy action. This chapter examines how each of these spy action films contributes to the ongoing yet uneven development of the female hero as a queer figure in post-millennial action cinema. The chapter will consider to what extent these queer female-led action films may pose a challenge to some of the dominant standards and conventions associated with the action hero, gender roles and the representation of sexuality, but also reinforce others. Some comparisons will be made to James Bond in recognition that the Bond franchise has played an important role in the spy action genre.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGender and Action Films 2000 and Beyond
Subtitle of host publicationTransformations
EditorsSteven Gerrard, Renée Middlemost
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-80117-518-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-80117-519-7
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2022

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