It’s no secret that James Bond has a reputation for liking ladies who are decades younger than he is. But it’s time for a change. In the upcoming Bond film, Spectre, 47-year-old Daniel Craig will be pursuing 51-year-old Monica Bellucci, and apparently this age difference (or lack thereof) has thrown some people for a loop
In a recent interview with The Red Bulletin, Daniel called a reporter out for asking the following question: What was it like for 007 to succumb “to the charms of an older woman?” Uhhhh … older? Older than what … a sexist Hollywood standard? It’s amazing how a question like that makes “older” seem like an insult.
“I think you mean the charms of a woman his own age,” Daniel countered. “We’re talking about Monica Bellucci, for heaven’s sake. When someone like that wants to be a Bond girl, you just count yourself lucky!” Good answer, Mr. Bond.
Monica has actually coined herself as a “Bond Woman,” saying that her character is too mature to be called a girl. It should be noted that in the most recent Bond movie, Skyfall, James’ “love” interest, played by Bérénice Marlohe, was a solid eleven years younger than him. Sadly, this is an improvement from Die Another Day, where forty-eight-year-old Pierce Brosnan romanced a twenty-one-year-old Rosamund Pike.
I can almost guarantee that not a single Bond actress has ever been asked what it’s like to have to act interested in an “older” man. That’s why we need more actors like Daniel Craig calling out these discrepancies like they see them, and more actresses like Monica embracing the awesomeness of their age.
In the same interview, Daniel expressed that he wants people to remember that James Bond is a misogynist – whew! It’s great to see that he’s not putting 007 on a pedestal. When the interviewer tried to defend the character by pointing out that “Bond has actually become a bit more chivalrous in the most recent films,” Daniel gave credit where credit is due.
He said, “That’s because we’ve surrounded him with very strong women who have no problem putting him in his place.”
You tell ’em, Daniel!
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