With the new Bond film hitting your local cinema any time now – it is released on October 26th - the press have been whipping us into a 007 frenzy with coverage of Spectre. Though many reporters have got it spectacularly wrong with hilarious gaffs, it’s Daniel Craig whose comments we’re most interested in. Because it turns out that he’s the most feminist Bond ever.
But before we talk about that, let’s remember that BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty accidentally called the actor Craig David, as in the singer famous for the song 7 Days, on live TV earlier this week. Oops. Shortly afterwards, ITV’s This Morning showed an interview that was so excruciatingly embarrassing they had to pull it from air completely (so no chance of catching up online, sadly). In it, the presenter Sarah Powell asked the Hollywood star to pout for her. He refused. Then she begged. And he told her curtly that it was time to move on…
Still, at least Craig David, err, I mean, Daniel Craig, managed to save the day with some brilliant retorts to some sexist questions in another interview with The Red Bulletin website.
When quizzed about his favourite trait of Bond's, he replied:
‘He’s someone who opens doors for people – for everyone, that is, not just women.’
And when asked why Bond has become more chivalrous in recent films, he said:
‘That’s because we’ve surrounded him with very strong women who have no problem putting him in his place’
What about Bond falling for the charms of an “older” women?
‘I think you mean the charms of a woman his own age. We’re talking about Monica Bellucci, for heaven’s sake. When someone like that wants to be a Bond girl, you just count yourself lucky!’
Daniel, we salute you.