“No Time to Die” Director Says James Bond “Essentially” Raped Woman in Previous Film | KAMR


(NEXSTAR) – The director of the latest film in the James Bond franchise is well aware that the character’s behavior with women has been problematic at times, to say the least.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “No Time to Die” director Cary Fukunaga spoke about the challenges he faced as the first American to direct a Bond film, as well as the efforts of producers and filmmakers. screenwriters to bring 007 – and the attitude of the franchise. towards women – in a post-MeToo age.

Fukunaga, who previously directed “Beasts of No Nation” and the first season of HBO’s “True Detective”, also didn’t hesitate pointing out that Bond, in some of the previous films, was more of a sex offender than a sex offender. gender symbol.

“Is it ‘Thunderball’ or ‘Goldfinger’ where, for example, Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman?” Fukunaga said in the interview. “She says ‘No, no, no’ and he says ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ It wouldn’t fly today.

Fukunaga could easily refer to either movie. In 1964’s “Goldfinger”, for example, James Bond forcibly kisses Pussy Galore after throwing her to the ground, and despite his repeated attempts to push back her advances. In “Thunderball”, released the following year, Bond again kisses a woman against his will (a nurse) and then threatens to tell his boss about an incident at his clinic unless she is having sex with him. him.

As well as avoiding Bond tropes that “wouldn’t fly today,” Fukunaga said he and producer Barbara Broccoli made conscious decisions to give female characters in the film stronger roles, like that of Nomi. , a new agent played by Lashana Lynch.

“You can’t change Bond overnight into a different person. But you can certainly change the world around it and the way it has to function in that world, ”Fukunaga told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s the story of a white man being a spy in this world, but you have to be prepared to lean in and do the job of making female characters more than just tricks.”

The 44-year-old filmmaker’s comments come after current Bond actor Daniel Craig in an interview with Radio Times said he doesn’t think a woman should ever play James Bond, but not because a woman would not be able to handle the role.

“There should just be better roles for women and actors of color,” he told the outlet. “Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a role as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”

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