No Time To Die director Cary Joji Fukunaga has criticized the Sean Connery era of James Bond and says that it would not work today.
Sean Connery was the first actor to portray James Bond and had a lot to do with turning the character into a silver screen icon. The actor would portray the character six times from 1962-1971 and would reprise the role once in 1983 for the last time. Since departing the role several other actors have taken up the mantel including Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and, most recently, Daniel Craig.
After being delayed several times, the latest James Bond film, No Time To Die is set to be released in theaters early next month. The various Daniel Craig films have had their ups and downs in quality but they have represented a big departure from previous entries, often feeling more grounded in reality than their predecessors. If director Cary Joji Fukunaga is to be believed, it’s because some of its aspects absolutely wouldn’t fly today.
In a recent interview the No Time To Die director spoke about the Sean Connery era of James Bond films and why they wouldn’t work today. Specifically, the director cited the way the character treated women, going so far as to call the character a rapist:
“Is it Thunderball or Goldfinger where, like, basically Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman? She’s like ‘No, no, no,’ and he’s like, ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ That wouldn’t fly today.”
Here is the plot synopsis for the next James Bond film, No Time To Die:
Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time to Die stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah.
No Time To Die is now scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on October 8, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news on the upcoming film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.