Craig On Bond’s Misogyny, “Spectre” Clips

Daniel Craig’s frank interview style about the upcoming James Bond film “Spectre” has continued this week with a new interview in Red Bulletin, the official newsletter for Red Bull Energy Drinks, raising eyebrows – and not just because everyone is surprised to hear Red Bull has a newsletter.

While in a previous interview Craig came under fire for his obvious desire to step away from the role of James Bond, the new one has actually drawn some acclaim for Craig offering a breakdown of the iconic super spy character’s main flaws. The opening question in the interview has Craig being asked what qualities the Bond character had to offer to the world to which he responded: “Nothing.”

Though the character has always been labelled a misogynist, those directly involved in the franchise have never publicly acknowledged that fact – or avoided it at every turn. Not Craig though who said in response to a question about the character’s ladykilling skills:

“Let’s not forget that he’s actually a misogynist. A lot of women are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long.”

Asked about how Bond has become more chivalrous of late, he says it hasn’t been due to a change of his character but rather the change in the way women on screen in these films have been represented saying: “we’ve surrounded him with very strong women who have no problem putting him in his place.”

In fact, with a question about the character using his charms on an older woman in “Spectre,” the actor used his answer to take a shot at Hollywood’s penchant for casting women far younger than their leading men:

“I think you mean the charms of a woman his own age. We’re talking about Monica Bellucci, for heaven’s sake. When someone like that wants to be a Bond girl, you just count yourself lucky.”

So what traits of Bond does he admire?

“Bond can be a gentleman. Sometimes, anyway. He’s a considerate person, he takes care of business, and he looks out for other people and his family. He’s someone who opens doors for people – for everyone, that is, not just women.”

The rest of the interview is a fascinating and thoughtful one, and can be read here. Meanwhile a bunch of clips from the new film are online, check them out below: