James Bond might be the smoothest spy, but he hasn’t always been the friendliest to his female characters. Over time, it appears the women exist for the ultimate purpose of being slept with my the Martini man, or killed by the villain, or both, with very little character development in between.
The current James Bond, Daniel Craig, has said he’s not about that life.
He told Esquire UK:
“Hopefully my Bond is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations]. The world has changed. I am certainly not that person,” Craig said. “But he is, and so what does that mean? It means you cast great actresses and make the parts as good as you can for the women in the movies.
Not only that, but the actor had some surprising insights from inside the head of his character, including the truth that Bond is, in some ways, a pretty pathetic figure.
He’s very fucking lonely. There’s a great sadness. He’s fucking these beautiful women but then they leave and it’s… sad. And as a man gets older it’s not a good look. It might be a nice fantasy – that’s debatable – but the reality, after a couple of months…”
I don’t know if I’d like to spend too much time with him (007). Maybe an evening but it would have to be early doors. What goes on after hours, I’m not so sure about. But I don’t judge him. It’s not the job of an actor to judge your character.”