Confessions of a Bond Girl: John Braithwaite on the Career and "Good Fortune" of Halle Berry, the First Black Actress to Win an Oscar Last Year for a Major Role. (the Arts)

By Braithwaite, John | New African, February 2003 | Go to article overview

Confessions of a Bond Girl: John Braithwaite on the Career and "Good Fortune" of Halle Berry, the First Black Actress to Win an Oscar Last Year for a Major Role. (the Arts)


Braithwaite, John, New African


Halle Berry, the first black (or African-American) woman to play the "James Bond girl" in the latest Bond movie, Die Another Day, has caused many eyebrows to be raised in recent weeks. The colour of her skin has even become an issue. Some say she is not black or "she is only black when it suits her"--comments that Halle has rejected as "quite unfortunate and uninformed".

Last March, at the 74th Academy Awards, Halle became the first black woman to win an Oscar for "best performance by an actress in a leading role" (in the film, Monster Ball). If you consider that it took 74 Academy Awards ceremonies to recognise a black actress for such a high honour, you begin to understand the worth and capabilities of Halle and why she has become the "Bond girl", beating the usual blondes to the role.

Her character in Die Another Day sports the unlikely name of jinx. First and foremost, it is a part that for once puts a woman on an even keel with the martini-sipping Mr Bond--an interesting turn of events for the franchise as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Jinx is a secret agent who plays an integral part in a plot that pushes the macho, yet debonair, Mr Bond and his fans into uncharted territory.

This leads us to the second and most ironic facet of Jinx's name. Berry's career path over the past year has been filled with nothing but pure gold and pure good luck. Many black women have been in Bond movies but never were given a major role to play. They were just in the background or were only in a fight scene or something. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Confessions of a Bond Girl: John Braithwaite on the Career and "Good Fortune" of Halle Berry, the First Black Actress to Win an Oscar Last Year for a Major Role. (the Arts)
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.