No Time to Die is right around the corner and promotions are at an all-time high. Daniel Craig returns for the last time as the famous James Bond and fans are confident that he will close the stage with a flourish. Through a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Cary Fukunaga, director of the film, talks about the first adaptations of the character to the big screen, assuring that the version of Sean Connery was practically a rapist of women.
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James Bond, a character conceived by Ian Fleming in his novels, is a flamboyant British spy with a lot of class, a drinker of expensive cocktails and an unstoppable seducer. However, being a figure dreamed up in the 1950s, with famous film adaptations in the 1960s, it was obvious that he would absorb the male behavior of the time. The Bond of Sean Connery He doesn’t think twice about treating women as inferior beings, beating them, drowning them in swimming pools, suffocating them with bras, or forcing them to have sex – actions that would definitely be reprimanded today.
Cary fukunaga He brings up the problematic Bond during his interview with The Hollywood Reporter: “Is it Operation Thunder – 85% or 007: Goldfinger – 96% where basically Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman? She says ‘No, no, no’, and he says, ‘Yes, yes, yes’. That wouldn’t work today. ” Daniel Craig’s version is still a classy spy, but his treatment of the best is somewhat different from the 1960s, for obvious reasons. On No Time to Die things will be more different than before, and it is that for months it has been known of the inclusion of powerful female characters that will accompany the protagonist.
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It was previously reported that Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the exalted screenwriter of Fleabag – 100%, had been hired to write the female characters of No Time to Die, but Cary fukunaga assures that this idea had already been conceived by Barbara Brocoli, the producer.
I think that’s the expectation, a woman writing very strong female roles, but that’s something that Barbara already wanted. From my first conversations with [Broccoli], that was a very strong impulse. You can’t turn Bond into a different person overnight. But you can definitely change the world around you and the way you have to function in that world. It is a story about a white man as a spy in this world, but you have to be willing to do the work to make the female characters more than just utensils.
Lashana Lynch, actress who plays Nomi in No Time to Die, one of the new female characters, is very appreciative of the treatment given to the women in the film. This new heroine has been declared as the next 007, although it is still necessary to know the background of the story.
Cary had great discussions with Barbara about how to give fairness to female characters, how to keep them in charge of themselves, how to give them solitary moments where the audience learns who they are. It was really important to empower the female characters as independent beings. And I think he took it into account throughout the shoot. I didn’t feel like Nomi, when she was a young black woman, was constantly after the white man, which, for me, is a thing of the past. And that was a very conscious decision for Cary.
No Time to Die It opens in theaters on September 30 and is definitive, no more unwanted delays. Are you ready for the final installment of James with Daniel Craig?
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