Disability Campaigners Say Movie Villains Need To ‘Stop Having Disfigurements’

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Disability campaigners are saying movie villains need to ‘stop having disfigurements’ following the latest James Bond movie, No Time To Die

In Daniel Craig’s final film as the 007 agent, he comes up against Safin (played by Rami Malek) and Blofield (Christoph Waltz) who both have a facial disfigurement.

After watching the highly-anticipated movie, author Jen Campbell took to Twitter and said film producers need to start ‘reconsidering their representation of people with disabilities’.

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She penned: “Every time a new James Bond film is made, the producers are asked to reconsider their representation of disfigurement.

“Every time, they say they don’t care. The new film, out this week, is no exception. This time, two villains with facial disfigurements.

“Lucky us.”

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Disability campaigners are saying movie villains need to ‘stop having disfigurements,’ as it’s an ‘outdated’ idea. Credit: @jenvcampbell/Twitter

Presenter Adam Pearson also had his say on the issue. He has neurofibromatosis which can cause tumours to form within the nerve tissue.

In an interview with ITV News, he said the filmmakers’ attitudes were ‘old-fashioned and outdated’.

He explained: “When the only character with a scar or disfigurement is shown on screen as the villain, it’s perpetuating the use of an old-fashioned and outdated trope.

“This isn’t about banning baddies from having scars or telling people not to enjoy a trip to the cinema, it’s about putting a line in the sand and saying now is the time to ensure other characters can be seen on screen with a visible difference too.”

Back in 2012, producer Michael G Wilson was chatting with Den of Geek and opened up about the connection.

“Sometimes it’s a motivating factor in their life, and what makes them the way they are,” he said. “He had that as part of the characters that he devised. It’s just part of the writing tradition, though, really.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.