JAMES BOND films have been around for 55 years and millennials have claimed the older ones starring Sir Sean Connery and Sir Roger Moore are offensive due to “sexism”, “racism” and 007 being a “rapist”.
He’s a womanising assassin from an age gone by, but is James Bond offensive?
In her debut as M in 1995’s Goldeneye, Judi Dench said to Pierce Brosnan’s 007: “I think you’re a sexist, misogynist dinosaur.
“A relic of the Cold War, whose boyish charms, though lost on me, obviously appealed to that young girl I sent out to evaluate you.”
Now millennials, who recently voiced their offence at 1990s sitcom Friends, have taken to Twitter again to criticize older Bond movies.
One wrote: “Watching old James Bond movies and realised: Dude was low key a rapist.”
Another said: “In the early films, James Bond was a full on rapist! #goldfinger.”
While one tweet read: “Watching old school Sean Connery James Bond movies. He’s basically a rapist who occasionally murders a Russian person.”
But it’s not just the character of 007 millennials have a problem with, it’s supporting roles and the general tone of the movies too.
One said: “Watching The Man With The Golden Gun and good lordddd the fact that they thought the hyper-racist sheriff character was a fun/wacky presence to bring back speaks volumes.”
A Twitter user added: “If the millennials think Friends is sexist they should watch James Bond [movie] A View to Kill they will go nuts.”
In contrast a new book by a University Professor claims that James Bond wasn’t sexist, but a “stylish commando.”
In The World of James Bond historian Jeremy Black, Professor at University of Exeter said: “Bond was a very modern man for the 1950s. This was the pre-pill age, but he admires women who offer sex, femininity and masculinity. His women are independent and driven.
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