The director noted that Daniel Craig’s Bond had to be less feminized
The director of the upcoming James Bond film “No Time to Die” discusses the character’s film legacy in the wake of the #MeToo movement, specifically calling out the first iteration of Sean Connery’s world-famous detective.
Speaking in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cary Fukunaga discussed the lengthy development of the film, which was one of the first to postpone its release date as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. After several other delays, “No Time to Die” will finally hit theaters in October.
the director told the outlet That the hardest part of the film was making the character’s feminization legacy attractive to audiences was a self-reflection of the entertainment industry’s treatment of women in particular. The film began development in 2016, long before a bust on now-convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein sparked a national reckoning against violent behavior.
This prompted the director to note that Bond has a history of accidental misogyny in general.
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“Is it ‘Thunderball’ or ‘Goldfinger,’ where basically Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman?” Fukunaga asked in the interview. “He’s like, ‘No, no, no,’ and he’s like, ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ He won’t fly today.”
According to Guardian, Fukunaga may be talking about a scene from one of those movies. The outlet reports that there is a scene in the 1965 film “Thunderball” in which Connery’s Bond forcibly kisses a nurse, played by Molly Peters, after she rejects his advances. He later suggested that he keep information that could be removed on his own if he was willing to sleep with her. Meanwhile, “Goldfinger” includes a scene in which Connery forces himself on Pussy Galore, played by Honor Blackman, in a hay barn at one point in the Bond film.
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Fukunaga added that phoebe waller-bridge, which was brought in to work on a draft of the script, was instrumental in ensuring that Daniel Craig’s last outing as Bond was not affected by allegations of misogyny. However, he notes that this is not the specific reason the “Fleabag” producer was brought into the mix.
“I think it’s expected, a woman writing very strong female roles, but it’s something [ producer Barbara Broccoli] already wanted,” he said. “From my first conversation [Broccoli], that was a very strong drive. You can’t turn Bond into a different person overnight. But you can certainly change the world around him and the way he acts in that world. It’s a story about a white man in this world as a detective, but you have to be willing to lean in to make the female characters more than just appearances.”
It is rumored that the upcoming Bond film will focus heavily on female characters, even possibly featuring actress Lashana Lynch as the next 007 – although those rumors are unconfirmed.