Sean Connery's Bond 'basically' a rapist, says new 007 film director

Sean Connery’s James Bond was ‘basically’ a rapist, director of new 007 film No Time To Die says

  • Sean Connery’s Bond was ‘basically’ a rapist, director of the latest 007 film said
  • The No Time To Die director is thought to be referring to a scene in Thunderball
  • In the 1965 film, Bond meets nurse Patricia Fearing, who rejects his advances, pushing him away when he forcibly kisses her and later takes off her clothes

Sean Connery’s James Bond was ‘basically’ a rapist, the director of the latest 007 film has said.

No Time To Die director Cary Fukunaga is thought to have been referring to a scene in Thunderball.

In the 1965 film, Bond meets nurse Patricia Fearing, played by Molly Peters, who rejects his advances, pushing him away when he forcibly kisses her.

Later she begs Bond not to tell her boss about something as she would lose her job. The spy replies: ‘Well, I suppose my silence could have a price.’

Troubling scene: Sean Connery’s James Bond was ‘basically’ a rapist, director of the latest 007 film said. Pictured: Bond with nurse Patricia, played by Molly Peters, in 1965 film Thunderball

Miss Fearing backs away, saying: ‘You don’t mean… oh, no!’ But Bond says ‘oh, yes’, before pushing her into a steam room and taking off her clothes. He later romances Domino (Claudine Auger).

Mr Fukunaga told the Hollywood Reporter: ‘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.’

Mr Fukunaga is said to have sought to empower the female characters in No Time To Die and ‘give them equity’.

The film’s producer, Barbara Broccoli, said 007 has a ‘long history’. 

In the 1965 film Thunderball, Bond (pictured in 1962) meets nurse Patricia, who rejects his advances, pushing him away when he forcibly kisses her and later takes off her clothes saying his ‘silence could have a price’

Pictured: Scene in a barn in 1964 film Goldfinger where Pussy Galore, played by Honor Blackman, rejects James Bond’s, played by Sean Connery, advances

She said: ‘I think people are coming around – with some kicking and screaming – to accepting that stuff is no longer acceptable. Thank goodness. Bond is a character who was written in 1952 and the first film [Dr. No] came out in 1962.’

A women’s studies professor who teaches a course on gender and Bond called the scene ‘especially troubling’.

Dr Lisa Funnell wrote in a blog post: ‘In popular culture, James Bond is known for his sexual magnetism and ability to attract women.

‘This scene in Thunderball challenges the way we “remember” Connery’s Bond while forgetting his use of deception, intimidation, and sexual violence to accomplish his professional and personal goals.’  

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