A viral video of 007’s most misogynist moments is a reminder that this most enduring of characters no longer fits the archetype of a hero
Should we watch old movies with one eye on the time and place in which they were made, or view them through a more modern mindset? That is the question the Twittersphere has been pondering after a video depicting some of James Bond’s most misogynist moments went viral on social media.
In chopping together scenes in which Her Majesty’s top spy takes advantage of vulnerable women, slaps bottoms and physically restrains women until they submit to sex, a YouTube cut-and-paste merchant who goes by the name Guru Kid has even missed most of 007’s nastiest behaviour. For starters, how about when Sean Connery’s Bond tries to beat a confession out of Daniela Bianchi’s Tatiana Romanova in 1963’s From Russia With Love? Or when Roger Moore threatens Gloria Hendry’s Rosie Carver at gunpoint in 1973’s Live and Let Die?