I don’t think anyone marketing James Bond movies has properly described them for what they really are.
Look at this awful release poster for example, from “Diamonds are Forever”
Then tell me this narrative has been anything more than misogynist garbage.
Do my words sound too harsh?
Ok, look at how the creator of James Bond describes his own man in an Irish Times article:
“He’s got his vices and very few perceptible virtues except patriotism and courage, which are probably not virtues anyway.” Read that again. He has vices. He doesn’t have any real virtues. If you think James Bond is a fascist pig then Fleming seems largely on your side.
No virtues. Fleming would agree with you if you called Bond a fascist pig.
Just to reiterate here, it should never have been news to anyone that James Bond is an awful persona. His stories are meant as stark warnings about an asset-fueled self-centered toxic world we should never want.
Alas, we see recently that an actor has been making waves by saying little more than what always has been true.
In a new interview with The Red Bulletin, the actor dryly shuts down Bond’s purported chivalry. What can audiences learn from 007 and apply to their day-to-day lives? Nothing, according to Craig. “Let’s not forget that he’s actually a misogynist,” Craig said.
Chivalry what? He’s a villain.
Thank you Craig. But to be frank Craig should be ensuring he doesn’t take that role unless it’s portrayed the way he wants it to be seen. Integrity, no?
So who calls a villain chivalrous?
It’s like saying General Lee was a successful leader in the Civil War (don’t laugh too hard yet, as the US Army just published a podcast… which I won’t link here because it’s really that awful).
Anyway, “Diamonds are Forever” is a movie about assets and the underworld use of them.
It’s basically foreshadowing of the “crypto-bros” who today are messaging all over the place that they’ve figured out how to get to some “better” future world… without realizing they’re painting a 1960s-era James Bond poster and taking themselves far too seriously.
When people come at me with bubbling “bitcoin” this and “blockchain” that to describe their future fantasy I have to wonder if they will ever accept 007 is lame misogynist fiction garbage and diamonds are not precious.
Nobody with any sense of reality or humanity really wants such visions of future.
Perhaps if people watched more of “OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d’espions” instead we could laugh about all this instead of cry (foul)?