Daniel Craig’s comments about playing James Bond have ranged from the dramatic to the pessimistic since he took on the role for the first time in “Casino Royale.” And while promoting the upcoming Bond film, “Spectre,” which will be in theaters on Nov. 6, Craig openly talks about the character’s sexist flaws to Red Bulletin.
When the interviewer calls Craig’s co-star Monica Bellucci, who will be one of Bond’s love interests in “Spectre,” an “older woman,” Craig quickly spoke out. “I think you mean … a woman his own age. We’re talking about Monica Bellucci, for heaven’s sake,” he says. Also worth noting is that Bellucci, at 51, is just a few years older than the 47-year-old Craig.
Craig adds, “When someone like that wants to be a Bond girl, you just count yourself lucky!”
Craig also offers a reminder of Bond’s many, many flaws. When asked about Bond’s attractive qualities, Craig offers a salient reminder: “Let’s not forget that he’s actually a misogynist.” Addressing why people find the character so attractive, he says, “[They] are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long.”
Craig also seems pleased that his entries in the series feature “very strong women who have no problem putting [Bond] in his place.”
And while Craig finds a few things to admire about James Bond, like his manners — “He’s a considerate person … and he looks out for other people” — overall, his answer to the question “What could we learn from James Bond that would help us in our day-to-day lives?” says it all: a flat-out “nothing.”