Craig Bond Just Gets Creepier With Every Movie
In Casino Royale, Daniel Craig’s incarnation of the famous spy felt like a real human being; when his one true love, Vesper Lynd, ends up dead, he’s emotionally destroyed. You can see the pain bubbling beneath the surface. Bond might have been a blunt instrument, but – deep down – he’s just a man. Casino Royale established a new type of Bond, then; one with emotions and feelings, the likes of which previous Bond incarnations wholly lacked.
The problem, however, is that – moving forwards with further chapters in the Craig saga – the franchise has since backtracked on itself: it decided that it wanted to have its cake and eat it, too, and thus retained some of the creepier, highly-dated aspects of Bond’s personality that everybody thought had gone the way of the dodo with the modern reboot.
Nope: both Skyfall and Spectre contain moments of Bond being a real creep. In Skyfall, he pretty much forces himself on a woman who – five minutes earlier – told him she had spent her life as a sex slave. In Spectre, Bond forces himself upon a widow in a rather uncomfortable scene; later he attempts to seduce a woman 20 years his junior, despite the fact that she recently found out her father was murdered. It doesn’t sit right – not in 2015.
And as much as audiences probably want to pretend that Bond is merely seducing these women for the good of his mission (or to discover crucial information), it still takes something away from his standing as a “cool hero.” Fans like to defend Bond’s behaviour (or just ignore it outright), but you can’t pretend that said scenes aren’t uncomfortable to watch.