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Apparently, man-bunned Cary Fukunaga, the director of the upcoming Bond flick, No Time To Die, has a license to kill potential box office before the movie even hits theaters. I’m not so sure producers Barbara Broccoli, Michael Wilson, and Daniel Craig share Fukunaga’s take on Connery’s portrayal of Bond. It’s obvious that John Nolte at Breitbart isn’t pleased:
“Is it Thunderball or Goldfinger where, like, basically Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman?” Fukunaga rhetorically asked the far-left Hollywood Reporter during an interview. “She’s like ‘No, no, no,’ and he’s like, ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ That wouldn’t fly today.”
Well, of course, it wouldn’t fly today, you g__d____ simpleton. But the only reason it wouldn’t fly today is because we now live in a world where everything is rape. Look at a woman wrong; it’s rape. Some woman later regrets her life choices; it’s rape. Micro-aggressions are rape. Everything is rape except when Joe Biden is credibly accused of rape.
I would add that even some of the titles of Bond films and the names of certain Bond women or Bond girls (I can’t believe I actually typed that) would be considered micro-aggressions by woke man-bunned metrosexuals and gender-fluid and gender-fluid-sympathetic woke culture fascists all by themselves.
Whether one agrees with Nolte’s later points about Bond’s attempt to sexually liberate the masseuse in Thunderball or not, from a marketing perspective, dissing such a well-loved and revered figure as Connery just before the release of the next Bond film just isn’t smart business. If Fukunaga was smarter, he might have referenced Connery’s character in Hithcock’s Marnie if he wanted to make a case of rape or even Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind, who carries a protesting Scarlett O’Hara up the elegant staircase to what the audience can only infer is that she is to be sexually ravaged even as she is shown afterward smiling and glowing in bed in the morning sunshine. But they weren’t Bond films, and it seems that it was Fukunaga’s intent to show how much more woke and progressive his take on the Bond character would be.
Personally, I’ve been relatively pleased with the Daniel Craig Bond films. Casino Royale dispelled some of the naysayers who said that Craig wasn’t right for the role because he lacked the sophistication and elegance of Connery (a sophistication that Connery learned on the job) or Roger Moore (my least favorite Bond) or Pierce Brosnan. Craig has been a more physically adept and nuanced and psychologically-tormented Bond, less of a cartoonish superhero with a plethora (yes, a plethora) of silly gadgets (like an invisible car) and I believe has made the character more interesting. Transforming the character in this way was a conscious effort by Craig and producers Broccoli and Wilson. One of the more satisfying of the Craig Bond films, in my humble opinion, was Skyfall which eliminated the gadgetry and took the character back to basics including resurrecting the silver Aston-Martin DB5.
In the months leading up to the release of No Time To Die, there has also been much-animated discussion that the Bond franchise would be continued but 007 would be played by a woman. Rumors about this were fueled by the character of Nomi, a double-O agent, played by Lashana Lynch in the latest film. Ms. Lynch is a black British actress (or actor – mustn’t trigger anyone), so those more progressively woke may have thought that this was just the socially-judicious or -judicial or -justified (whatever) direction that the Bond films should take. The only problem is that these woke idiots are not the Bond audience. Broccoli is now on record as saying that Bond will continue to be played by a man putting the female Bond rumors to rest. Craig, who is leaving the franchise after this latest release, is also on record as saying that Bond should always be played by a man. So, Bond devotees may be relieved that Bond won’t go the way of the Boy Scouts. At least for now.Published in