Published on November 7th, 2015 | by Flipside0
8 Times In The New Bond Film That Daniel Craig Was A Badass Feminist
So we’ve all heard the buzz – Daniel Craig doesn’t actually like the character of James Bond, cause he’s a misogynist. But did you notice these 8 moments in the Spectre, when Craig slyly smashed the patriarchy without even breaking character???
1. In the opening scene, before of all the violence, Bond can be seen reading Linda Nöchlin’s seminal work of feminist art criticism, Why have there been there no great female artists? and nodding sagely at her nuanced critique. In his back pocket, next to the grapple hook, is a copy of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.
2. Just before he hooks up with love-interest Monica Bellucci (she’s 50! Older than Craig! Talk about smashing the Hollywood age bias, am I right?), Bond murmurs something about how much he admires the Pankhurst sisters
3. In one of the first shootouts in Spectre, through the sounds of bullets you can hear a passionate take-down of Germaine Greer’s transphobic views, and why she shouldn’t be given a platform
4. During a car chase through Las Vegas, Bond hears a man catcalling a woman. He stops his car, gets out, breaks the man’s legs, and calmly explains that women can dress how they want without expecting to be shouted at by random men. He insists it’s not ‘a compliment’, and there’s no such thing as ‘asking for it.’ The villains chasing him are so impressed they give him a standing ovation, at which point he says ‘It’s not me you should be clapping, but the brave women who fight this battle every goddam day of their lives!’
5. As he beats the living daylights (sorry) out of a female adversary, he clearly says ‘Just so you know, I’m doing this cause I view you as an… ‘- breaks her neck – ‘equal’
6. In one of the film’s quieter moments, Bond and M have a lengthy discussion about the wage gap, where Bond insists the female agents get paid the same as him, even if it means he must take a pay cut
7. Over the din of a particularly loud explosion, Bond screams ‘You should all go and see Suffragette! I know the film’s promotion was problematic with regards to intersectionality and kyriarchy, but it still tells a really important story!!!’ He then leaps off a bridge and kills 9 baddies in one fell swoop
8. In his stand-off with arch-villain Blofeld, at the film’s climax, Bond gets into a long rant about how Caitlin Moran’s book How to be a Woman is his favourite of this millennium, and completely changed his entire outlook.