To clarify: I don't see how I was contradicting myself. I never said you can't have a good female action star. I said finding a well written female action character is rare. Writers, usually men, fall into the troupe of writing a female character as a "man with boobs." There is no unique voice to them. Ripley, I was using as a positive example, on how to do it well. But, she is rare. As far as the Bond, no disagreement with you. But I would say an "Opposite twist" is getting to the point of a different character. A writer would be better off doing something else entirely imo. But, I am beginning to suspect we are discussing two different things. I am talking character, you seem to be talking about roles. For example, a woman or a man can be a lead pilot in an action movie. But whether the character is male or female is going to completely change the dynamic of how that character is perceived. Age, sometimes ethnicity(depending on the type of subject matter) can make drastic changes to the perimeters of a character. Another example could very well be in the "Clone Wars" tv series, Ashoka is a jedi knight(just like Anakin). But she is not the same type of character. She is, in many ways, written as a young girl for young girls to relate too. A badly written character is something that usually ignores those perceptions. Then the character usually becomes stock or disposable.