How Bond Stays Relevant After #MeToo
Empire Australasia|September 2018

Writer Simran Hans on how Danny Boyle should bring 007 up to date — without losing his essence.

Simran Hans

WHEN ASKED HOW his Bond girls would fare in the wake of #MeToo and Time’s Up, director Danny Boyle told the room that he would be writing in “the modern world”. But where does that leave 007 himself? He’s a resourceful chap, but does he have the gadgets to survive a post-Weinstein reckoning?

Bond’s relationship with women has been acknowledged both on screen and off. In GoldenEye, Judi Dench’s M called him “a sexist, misogynist dinosaur”, dismissing him as “a relic of the Cold War”, while Daniel Craig once referred to his most famous role as “a lonely, sexist misogynist”. If Bond’s sexist attitudes are woven into the fabric of the character, it’s hard to imagine those threads being unpicked without the whole franchise unravelling.

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