Monday, 29 October 2012

Queering James Bond

I've just got back from watching Skyfall. Twice. I was kinda double-booked this weekend. There's a great scene in it where the villain, Silva, captures Bond. He ties him to a chair in a pose painfully reminiscent of his unforgettable encounter with Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, and proceeds to examine the scar of a bullet wound on Bond's shoulder. But then the mood changes, his touch turns lingering, he undoes a button too many on his shirt. He trails his fingers delicately over Bond's skin. He leans in close, hands on Bond's thighs, and tells him, There must be a first time for everything...

Deadpan, Bond looks back. What makes you think this is my first time?

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2 comments:

  1. Brilliant essay! You know, I think Daniel Craig (yum) even hinted at Bond's sexual ambiguity once in an interview. I would Google for it but I'm at work :)

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    1. He did indeed, when he first took the role he read all of the original books and said in an early interview that he thought it was about time Bond had a gay love interest: as an agent he's trained to use his body however he has to in order to get what he wants, after all...

      And for the pervy, if you want to see Craig lock lips with another man check out Infamous, the Capote film ;-)

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