Skyfall celebrates 50 years of the James Bond franchise, which has almost two dozen movies since Sean Connery started with Dr. No. The new movie released last weekend and earned record box office numbers worldwide.
Skyfall brings something new to the Bond franchise. It is the first time Agent 007 has a gay banter. Halfway through the movie, Bond (Daniel Craig) has been tied to a char by the supervillain Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem). Silva then grabs 007’s knees and says that there’s a first time for everything. Bond grins and replies, “What makes you think this is my first time?”
This sort of man-on-man innuendo would not be possible with Sean Connery as Bond. When Craig was tasked to play the role in 2006’s Casino Royale, every critic said that he’s not our father’s James Bond. And judging from Skyfall, it looks like they are right.
A lot has changed since James bond first graced the big screen in 1962. He was the standard of manhood and it proved hard for the franchise to maintain that with the changing world. Bond can’t get away slapping women’s behinds and have one night stands with girls named Pussy Galore or Holly Goodhead.
When Pierce Brosnan became Agent 007 in 1995’s GoldenEye, the franchise tried to tone down the sexual innuendos. M became a lady in the person of Dame Judi Dench. Bond girls started to kick ass as much as Bond. They are played by strong women such as Halle Berry, Michelle Yeoh and Denise Richards.
Now that same-sex marriages are legal in nine states, it looks like the Bond producers are thinking of making Bond turn to guys as well. Well, someone who likes martinis and dresses in evening clothes must have something to hide.
But then again, that is just a scene out of the whole movie. The rest is typical James Bond stuff. He follows Severine (Berenice Marlohe) to Silva’s island and has his way with her at the shower of a yacht. Then when she is killed by Silva, all that Bond can think about is the glass of scotch she was holding in her hand.