The director of ‘No time to die’ has pointed out a very specific moment in the Sean Connery saga that grinds today. His film, starring Daniel Craig, opens on October 1.
James Bond has been with us for six decades, a little longer if we start counting from the publication of Ian Fleming’s first novel, which means that he has gone through very different times and has had to constantly adapt to fashions and mentality. It also means that inevitably there are scenes that could not pass the industry filter in 2021 and Cary Fukunaga, director of No time to die – hits theaters on October 1 -, has pointed out one in particular.
This is the saga of Sean Connery, who held the position of the famous 007 agent between 1962 and 1971. In an interview with The Hollywood ReporterFukunaga has spoken of the team’s efforts to change Bond’s sexual character in the post-MeToo era and acknowledged that there are certain moments starring Connery that couldn’t happen today.
Is it ‘Operation Thunder’ or ‘Goldfinger’ where, basically, Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman? She is saying ‘No, no, no’ and he’s saying ‘Yes, yes, yes’. That wouldn’t happen today
In the scene pointed out by the director, which belongs to Operation Thunder, James Bond forcibly kisses the nurse played by Patricia Fearing while she is doing a medical examination. Undoubtedly, with today’s eyes, it is a moment without any justification in the script and the producers have been separating from that discourse for a long time.
The producer Barbara Broccoli has ensured that the team has worked to make the character evolve and, above all, the women around him. During the promotion of the latest installment, there has been a lot of talk about this issue and both Fukunaga and Broccoli agree that they have advanced and that they have to continue on the same path.
“It is a story about a white man who is a spy in this world, but you have to be willing to get close and do your homework so that the female characters are more than just gadgets,” the director opined. Characters like Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux), Nomi (Lashana Lynch) and Paloma (Ana de Armas) have helped the agent’s evolution.
No time to die and his James Bond post MeToo opens in Spanish cinemas on October 1.
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