No Time to Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga criticizes Sean Connery’s portrayal of James Bond across his seven movies and his sexual nature. Connery originally rejuvenated Ian Fleming’s iconic MI6 spy in 1962’s Dr. No, which marked the official launching point for Eon Productions’ long-running James Bond film franchise. The late actor would carry the job through five more Eon films and the separate Never Say Never Again, another adaptation of Fleming’s Thunderball after Connery’s 1965 film of the same name.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Fukunaga talked about No Time to Die and the film’s efforts to address the character’s sexual nature in a post-MeToo world. Fukunaga thought about Connery’s time in the job, specifically two movies in which his appetite goes too far and criticizes his actions. See what Fukunaga said beneath:
“Is it Thunderball or Goldfinger where, as, basically Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman? She resembles ‘No, no, no,’ and he resembles, ‘Indeed, indeed, yes.’ That wouldn’t fly today.”
Nearly five years since the #MeToo development previously gained traction in the mainstream, many filmmakers and studios are continuing to reconsider their approach to storytelling and characters and James Bond is certainly one of the greatest guilty parties of the old way of thinking. The scene Fukunaga is referring to in Thunderball, in which Connery’s Bond forcibly kisses Patricia Fearing’s medical attendant Molly, is certainly a great representation of such an issue, for certain fans actually willing to discount it as a result of the time while most have legitimately gone to criticizing it for its problematic nature. Since Connery’s introduction in the job of Bond with Dr. No, the character is notable for being one of the sex images of Hollywood, however as maker Barbara Broccoli said in the same interview, they have endeavored to develop the character and the ladies around him to better standards throughout the long term.
Fukunaga’s No Time to Die will be a critical stage in the Bond franchise’s evolution. Between bringing Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge on as a co-essayist for the film to casting Lashana Lynch as the main female and Black 00 agent in the series, the future for the character of Bond may not have a current plan yet the creatives are clearly taking strides to guarantee a more different and representative future for the movies. Only time will determine what they have planned when No Time to Die hits theaters on October 8.