Bond is back in a couple of short months, and the secret agent, to the dismay of some, is digging into his family roots. Indeed, the Daniel Craig incarnation of Bond has something of a burdened soul, and is a far cry from the martini-drinking, woman-craving hero of previous films. In a new chat with Esquire, Craig explains 007’s headspace in these movies.
“He’s very fucking lonely. There’s a great sadness. He’s fucking these beautiful women but then they leave and it’s… sad. And as a man gets older it’s not a good look. It might be a nice fantasy – that’s debatable – but the reality, after a couple of months…,” he trails off.
Alas, Bond exists in a different era too, one not only full of male-sensitivity, but one where a movie can’t simply treat women as window-dressings. An optimistic Craig hopes his portrayal is bit more textured. “Hopefully, my Bond is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations]. The world has changed. I am certainly not that person. But he is, and so what does that mean? It means you cast great actresses and make the parts as good as you can for the women in the movies,” he said, while acknowledging the challenge of staying true to the character. “There’s a delicate balance to it.”
We’ll see if equilibrium is achieved when the movie opens on November 6th. Check out the gritty new poster below.