This is a chart which purports to show the first instances of various types of bondage in mainstream media, i.e., television and movies. The first cleave gag, the first hogtie, the first spreadeagle, etc. It also shows the first instances of various types of bondage in which the actress is nude, or is strongly implied to be nude (see section on "Nudity" in the article on how this chart is structured to find out more about implied nudity). And it shows the first instances of various sex acts performed by women in bondage.
There are two reasons why this chart was created:
This chart is the product of many hours of looking at precis of bondage scenes in mainstream movies and TV shows, of vidcaps of such scenes, and watching the scenes themselves. There are a lot of different ways such a chart can be structured, and how it's structured has a great deal to do with which are the first scenes. Go here to read about how the chart is structured.
I've written a general and highly opinionated history of bondage scenes in mainstream media to put this chart in context. While this chart does not reveal any perceptible trends in bondage imagery because it concentrates on "firsts," there have been a few trends, though all the evidence indicates that for the most part, the adoption of various bondage practices by mainstream media has been a haphazard affair. Go here to get some context for all these scenes.
I am sure this chart is not definitive or complete. There is much that is not known, and even more that I personally do not know, amazing as that may seem. I have many caveats about the chart. Go here to learn the limitations of my knowledge.
That said, I am confident that this chart is the finest chart of its type now in existence. I say this because I am confident that it is the ONLY chart of its type now in existence. Like people who make painstakingly detailed models of Winchester Cathedral out of drill bits or who collect potato chips that look exactly like top nuclear physicists, I've got the old "nobody else is doing it" thing going for me. But unlike them, I am not a crazed eccentric. That's because bondage is related to sex, and for a guy, it's normal to be interested to the point of obsession in anything relating to sex. Really. Honest. I'm sure there's a scientific study out there ... somewhere ... that'll back me up ...
If you have any firsts that you are aware of that precede what is on the chart, feel free to contact me. Also, if you have any vidcaps for the firsts that are already here but do not have vidcaps, or you have BETTER vidcaps than the ones I was able to locate, please feel free to contact me at the email address above.
Feel free to copy this chart and use it on your webpage if you like, but please retain the credits and the links to my site as well.
This chart, magnificent work that it is, was not solely the product of my efforts, however prodigious they might be. It would have been impossible -- oh, all right, extremely improbable -- to create it without the use of the Bondage Scene Database on Brian's Page. The database on Brian's Page contains over 11,000 listings of scenes of women in bondage on mainstream TV and in mainstream movies, from around the world.
In addition to that, I've received leads to firsts from various posters on Brian's Page and other sites as well as useful background information. I'd like to give my thanks to: Honk, Tony Wood, DB, Frank J, biff barksdale, movie fan, luigi vercotti, oreanmos, Video Mayhem, Ralphus, Paulie, Malasfan, Captain T, Greg of Greggerbits and most of all, Jay L. and Brian of Brian's Page.
|Cleave Gag||•Birth of A Nation, 1915, Lillian Gish||Zorro, "Invitation to Death," 1957, Joan Evans|
|Cleave Gag with wadding||D- Those Were The Days, 1940, unknown||The Avengers, "The Hour That Never Was," 1961, Diana Rigg.|
|Over the Mouth (aka detective, overgag)||The Lesser Evil, 1912, Blanche Sweet||Superman, "The Mystery of the Broken Statues," 1952, Phyllis Coates|
|Tape Gag||Yellow Cargo, 1936, Eleanor Hunt||•Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "Escape to Sonoita," 1960, Venetia Stevenson.|
|Bit Gag||•Mysterious Island, 1929, Jane Daly||•Bonanza, "Desperate Passage," 1967, Tina Louise|
|Ball Gag||•A Clockwork Orange, 1971, Adrienne Corri1||Eine Klass Fur Sich (German), 1984, Wendy Scheurman|
|Ball Gag Harness||•Candyman 3, 1999, Donna D'errico||Reyes y Reys (Spanish), episode unknown, 2000, unknown|
|Bit Gag Harness||•Check to the Queen, 1979, unknown||•Amazon, "The First Stone," 2000, Fabiana Udenio|
|Stuff Gag||D- His Girl Friday, 1940, Alma Kruger||"Peter Pan" (TV movie) 1960, Maureen Bailey|
|Panty Gag||99.9 (Spanish), 1997, Maria Barranco||•Law and Order SVU, 2002, Caprice Benidetti|
|Penis Gag (a gag with an inset dildo as the mouth plug)||None||None|
|Ring Gag||•Tokyo Decadence (Japan), 1992, Miho Nikaido||None|
|Leather strap gag||•The Abductors, 1972, Ingrid Brooks, Jeramie Raine, Ined Som||Last of the Mohicans (TV movie), 1977, unknown|
|Brank (metal gag)||•Sleeping Dogs, 1997, unknowns2||•Avengers, "Murdersville," 1968, Hillary Dwyer|
|Gag, no bondage||The Black Widow, 1947, Ramsey Ames||Dr. Who, 1963, Sophie Alldred|
|Drooling scene||•Mysterious Island, 1929, Jane Daly3||Threat Matrix, "PPX," 2004, Kathleen Pak|
1 There's a ball underneath the tape that covers Ms. Corri's mouth. Honest.
|2 This brank is a futuristic model that can be opened remotely.||3 The darkish stain at the center of the bit gag is drool, hence this counts as the first drool scene, even though none is oozing down her chin.|
|Chair tie||•Birth of A Nation, 1915, Lillian Gish||George Gobel Show, Oct. 9, 1954 airing, Angela Lansbury|
|Spreadeagle, face up||•Sign of the Cross, 1932, Sally Rand (uncredited)1||Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "The Cure"1955, Cara Edwards|
|Spreadeagle, face down||Yellowstone Kelly, 1959, Andra Martin||D-• Xfiles, "Roadrunners," 2000, Gillian Anderson2|
|Arms over head||•Cabiria, 1914, Gina Marongoli||Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, "The Test," 1955, Irish McCalla|
|Hogtie||The Finger Man (French), 1961, Monique Hennessy||Naked city, unknown epidode, 1958, unknown actress|
|Wrist Ankle||•Hodet Over Vannet (Norway), 1993, Lene Elise Bergum||The Fear Inside (TV movie) 1992, Jennifer Rubin|
|Sex Harness||Le Sex Shop, 1972, unknown||•Women, Stories of Passion, "The Gigolo, 1997, Annaliza Scott|
|Pony Girl||•Check to the Queen, 1978, unknown||None known|
|Japanese rope bondage
|Let's Make A Dirty Movie, 1975, Sonya Vareuil||Best Sex Ever, "8," 1997, unknown.|
|Wrist suspension||•Witchcraft Through The Ages (aka Haxan), 1922, unknown||The Avengers, "Tunnel of Fear" 1961, Miranda Connell|
|Four-point suspension||D- •Sign of the Cross, 1932, Sally Rand (uncredited)||D- Beastmaster, "Double Edged" 2002, Kristy Wright|
|Upside down supension||The New Adventures of Tarzan, 1935, Ula Holt||Spectre (TV movie) 1977, Ann Bell|
|Full treatment (gagged and bound)||Les Vampires (French), 1915, Musidora||•Adventures of Superman "Night of Terror" 1952, Phyllis Coates, Ann Doran|
|Russian split||•Ted Bundy, 2002, Boti Bliss||None|
|Shackles (on legs)||Joan of Arc, 1948, Ingrid Bergman||Gunsmoke, 'The Warden" 1964, Julie Parrish|
|Collar||The Crimson Ghost, 1946, Linda Stirling||Mork & Mindy, "Mork vs. The Necrotons," 1979|
|Sirik (wrists shackles chained to ankle shackles)||•Gold for the Caesars (Italy), 1964, Mylene Demongeot3||none|
|Nipple clamps||Ratchet, 1996, unknown||none (for obvious reasons -- it's mainstream TV)|
|Joyrope (aka crotch rope)||•Sweet Ecstasy, 1962, Elke Sommer||none|
|Straight Jacket||"The Moon's Our Home," 1936, Margaret Sullivan||Alfred Hitchcock Presents, "The Last Escape," 1955, Jan Sterling|
|Bastinado (tied with arms behind and extended)||"The Black Archer" (Italian), 1959, Fulvia Franco||None|
|Chastity belt||Ilsa, Harem Keeper to the Oil Sheiks, 1976, Sharon Kelly||Avengers, "Murdersville" 1968, Diana Rigg|
|Stocks||•Witchcraft Through The Ages (aka Haxan), 1922, unknown||The Addams Family, "Morticia Joins the Ladies' League" 1964, Blossom Rock|
|Rack||The Fortieth Door, 1924, Allene Ray||Gilligan's Island, "The Friendly Physician," 1965, Tina Louise|
|Yoke||Camille 2000, 1969, unknown||Xena, "The Path Not Taken," 1995, Renee O'Conner|
|Spreader Bar (yoke for the feet)||The Fixer, 1998, Anjelica Trevana||None|
1 Sally Rand's legs aren't spread all that wide, so this is a default in a sense.
|2 A default scene, however, prone spreadeagles are very rare in both TV and movies, and this one might last.||3 This looks very much like a sirik, but it's been impossible to get a single clear shot that makes it clear that it qualifies. It's here until we have something better.|
|Topless bondage scene||•Cabiria, 1914, Gina Marongoli||The Benny Hill Show (UK), episode unknown,1969-89, actress unknown1|
|Nude bondage scene||•Sign of the Cross, 1932, Sally Rand (uncredited)||Blake's 7 (UK), "Project Avalon," 1979, Julia Vidler|
|Nude full treatment scene||Black Tight Killers (Japan), 1966, Chieko Matsubaro||•Hands of A Stranger (TV movie) 1987, Beverly D'Angelo|
|Nude Hogtie||•Ginger, 1971, Cheri Caffaro||N one|
|Nude spreadeagle, face up||•Billy Jack, 1971, Dolores Taylor||Kommisar Rex (Germany) "Mosers Tod" 1998, unknown, possibly Birgit Stauber|
|Nude spreadeagle, face down||Lipstick, 1976, Margaux Hemingway||•Saving Grace (US TV series), September 17, 2009, Holly Hunter. (Thanks, Daniel!)|
|Nude in chains||•Witchcraft Through The Ages (aka Haxan), 1922, unknown||Kommisar Rex (Germany) "Mosers Tod" 1998, unknown, possibly Birgit Stauber|
|Nude in stocks||•Poor Cecily, 1973, Angela Field||None|
|Nude wrist ankle||•A Wife to Be Sacrificed, 1974, Naomi Tani||None|
|Nude Wrist Suspension||Gate of Flesh (1974) Nogawa Umiko||None|
|Nude Full Suspension||•Erotic Adventures of Robin Hood, 1969, unknown||None|
|Nude In spreader bar||•Romance, 1999, Carolyn Ducey||None|
|Nude collar||Frauen für Zellenblock 9 (German) 1977, Esther Studer, Karine Gambier, Aida Gouveia||None|
|Nude and gagged only||Night of the Wilding, 1990, unknown||•Women, Stories of Passion, "The Gigolo, 1997, Annaliza Scott|
|Nude shibari bondage||•Lifespan, 1974, Tina Aumont||None|
1 Yes, this is incredibly vague, but it's all I have.
|Missionary, man on top||•Ginger, 1972, Cheri Caffaro||Peak Practice (UK), 1993, Beth Goddard|
|Woman on top||•Hot Spur, 1968, Virginia Gordon1||CSI, "Butterflied," 2004, unknown|
|Rear entry||Lipstick, 1973, Margaux Hemingway||•Farscape, "What Was Lost part 1," 2002, Rebecca Rigg|
|Doggie style||Crime of A Beast (Japan), 2001, Grace Lam||None|
|Oral (giving)||•Defiance of Good And Evil, 1975, Day Jayson||Aphrodisia (France) "One Evening Full of Shivers," 1994, Leyna.|
|Oral (receiving)||The Naughty Victorians, 1975, Susan Sloane||•Latin Lover (Peru) "Episode 24," 2001, Silvia Caballero|
|Lesbian||Orphans of the Storm, 1921, LIllian Gish (a fully clothed kiss between two sisters, one bound).2||Hinter Gittern-Der Frauenknast aka Behind Bars (German), epidsode unknown, 1997, Katy Karrenbauer|
|Dildo or vibrator||• Electra, 1996, Shannon Tweed||None|
|Strap-in butt plug||•Tokyo Decadence (Japan), 1992, Miho Nikaido||•Story of O, The Series, 1992, Claudia Cepeda|
|Spreadeagle (face up)||•Cat People, 1982, Nastassia Kinski||None|
|Spreadeagle, face down||Lipstick, 1976, Margaux Hemingway||•Farscape, "What Was Lost part 1," 2002, Rebecca Rigg|
|Suspended||The Naughty Victorians, 1975, Susan Sloane||None|
|Chains||The Naughty Victorians, 1975, Susan Sloane||Peak Practice (UK), 1993, Beth Goddard|
|Nipple clamps||Bloodsucking Freaks, 1978, unknown||None|
|Spreader bar||•Romance, 1999, Carolyn Dulcey||None|
|Full treatment (bound AND gagged) missionary||•Opposing Force, 1986, Lisa Eichorn||Wochenshow (German), episode unknown, 2002, Nadja Maleh|
|Full treatment (bound AND gagged) doggy||A Place Called Today, 1972, Cheri Caffaro||•Over the Wire, 1993, Griffin Drew|
|Three-way||Frauen für Zellenblock 9, 1977, Aida Gouveia, Susan Hemingway, Esther Studer, Karine Gambier (actually a lesbian four-way)||Latin Lover (Peru), "Episode 26," 2001, Cecilia Brozovich, Paola Martinez|
|Gagged only||Night of the Wilding, 1990, unknown||•Women, Stories of Passion, "The Gigolo, 1997, Annaliza Scott|
1 I only have this from vidcaps, so it could well be that they are just rolling around.
|2 This is of course not intentionally lesbian, but it is two women kissing, one bound, so it counts, even though they are sisters. In fact, that makes it kinkier.|