James Bond director Cary Fukunaga has shocked fans by making controversial comments about a scene when Sean Connery played the secret spy agent.
The comments referenced the 1965 film Thunderball in which agent Bond (played by Connery) forcefully tries to kiss a nurse, before suggesting his ‘silence’ will have a price when she asks him not to report her for refusing.
After this, he is seen removing her clothing. The director of the upcoming film No Time To Die said this scene would never feature in a movie today.
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He rold The Hollywood Reporter: “Is it Thunderball or Goldfinger where, like, basically Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman? That wouldn’t fly today.”
In No Time To Die, Fukanga instead hopes to ’empower female characters’.
In the scene, Bond tells the female character: “Well, I suppose my silence could have a price.
He then forces her into a corner where she says: “You don’t mean… Oh no!” to which Bond responds: “Oh yes.”
They later go into a steam room and the agent removes the nurse’s clothes.
Barbara Broccoli, the new film’s producer, also noted that the character of Bond certainly has had a ‘long history’.
She said: “I think people are coming around – with some kicking and screaming – to accepting that stuff is no longer acceptable. Thank goodness.
“Bond is a character who was written in 1952 and the first film came out in 1962.”
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