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Skyfall screenwriter, John Logan, addresses James Bond’s ‘gay past’

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  1. I loved Skyfall it was awesome, don’t think I’ve seen a bond film i haven’t liked. there is a delicious campness with a lot of bond films with the liberal use of double entendre.

    1. I’m a huge Bond fan myself, and Daniel Craig is the ultimate Bond.

      Looking forward to seeing Skyfall… esp since it has gay undertones… yuk yuk..

      1. Suddenly Last Bummer 7 Nov 2012, 11:22am

        Yeah Craig is definitely the best, nice and rough. He can throw a punch with the best of them.

  2. Bardem’s Silva isn’t the best gay role model but it’s a good and witty performance. The scene in question is undoubtedly homoerotic. I liked it. Wasn’t sure about the silly end with M (and Albert Finney in a role clearly written for Connery) running around trying to hide while waving a flashlight. Not very clever for an intelligence woman.

  3. Now I really want to see this.

  4. Christopher in Canada 7 Nov 2012, 1:10am

    When you think of all the women Bond beds per episode, you wonder why the religious Americans haven’t banned him for that alone…

  5. GingerlyColors 7 Nov 2012, 7:12am

    Perhaps a gay storyline involving significant characters (doesn’t have to be James Bond himself) will broaden the appeal of a future James Bond movie. Gay characters are now becoming routine in many mainstream films and television programmes – a far cry from the days when the only such films and programmes were confined to late night on Channel 4.

  6. I am not convinced that Silva was meant to be gay. The scene in question is homoerotic and played very well by Bardem in a ‘is he isn’t he’ kind of way.

  7. Didn’t Fleming write that homosexuals cannot whistle?

  8. Suddenly Last Bummer 7 Nov 2012, 11:20am

    Pierce Brosnan = WORST BOND EVER.

  9. “Some people claim it’s because I’m, in fact, gay but it’s not true at all.”

    Of course not, dear, just as it is not true of a whole host of gay writers and directors who shoehorn gay characters into their works instead of allowing situations to develop organically.

    It almost seems de rigueur these days for all forms of entertainment to throw in token gay characters simply to make a statement to the point where credibility and integrity are stretched to the often cringe-inducing limit ala Christian and Syed.

    I want gay characters to occur and develop organically and in ways we can genuinely emote with and relate to:- not as gimmicks or a way of ticking boxes diversity boxes.

    No wonder people moan and complain of “a gay agenda” when it appears every mainstream TV series is desperate to be seen to be including “the token gay”.

    Yawn…

    1. What do you want? Character development in a bond film?

      1. True.

        More scenes ala Craig doing an Ursula Andress in his swimming trunks would be, ahem, most welcome!

    2. You’re damned if you do…

  10. Starts here on Friday, can’t wait.

  11. Mister Fister 7 Nov 2012, 5:26pm

    Who remembers Daniel Craig as the lover of Francis Bacon in the biopic ‘Love is the devil’?

    The cinema release had him butt naked with his dick prominently featured. Disappointingly this was removed from the video version. Shame!

  12. The Bond books and films have previously suggested that certain characters were gay and they’ve invariably been baddies. For example, suggestions of homosexuality were viciously deployed to enhance the villainous portrayals of Rosa Klebb (From Russia With Love) and Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd (Diamonds Are Forever), as was common practice in mainstream movies of that era. [Fleming also wrote Goldfinger’s Pussy Galore as a lesbian who was straightened out by Bond, again a problematic portrayal].

    I’ve always thought the Bond franchise was ripe for queering – a bit of bisexuality would certainly suit the character – but I’m not convinced that this is what we’re getting in Skyfall. It is certainly good to see the gorgeous Daniel Craig being so pro-LGBT and that the movie has an out-and-proud screenwriter who has given Bond a suggestive line, but I fear the ‘gay baddie’ angle is just old hat which is a shame.

    1. I agree with almost everything you say (the gay villain is a stereotype that’s going to be around for a lot longer, I fear), but would just point out that the gorgeous Daniel Craig is just an actor here, and delivering a scripted line is hardly being pro-LGBT.

      1. I think Craig is doing more than just saying the line as an actor (he is quoted in the article as saying “I don’t see the world in sexual divisions” which is what I was responding to). He’s played gay before and I reckon he would be well up for a bit of man-on-man action in a future Bond movie if the producers permitted it. With President Obama decisively showing the world that ‘gay is OK’ and that perceived repercussions for embracing LGBT life and culture in public contexts are now just shadows of an earlier era, it is definitely the right time to find Bond (who really has always been a bit meterosexual) a nice bit of muscle.

  13. Hey John Logan, have you ever heard the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?”
    The Connery character would have knocked him on his butt.
    Leave this series stay a manly thing, and not some girly-man thing. Connery was THE MAN — let him be!

  14. Wayne harropson 29 Nov 2012, 8:01pm

    The villain threatens Bond with homosexual rape but is visibly disgusted and repelled at Bond’s response, as he should have been.

    If homosexuals want to sugar coat their aberrant disgusting lifestyle, and force people to respect it as though it’s not the abomination that it is, they should object to this accurate and remarkably animated portrayal of disgust.

    I thought the bad guy was going to throw up when Bond said, “what makes you think it’s my first time?”

    I know I almost did.

    The bottom line is, a homosexual likely wrote the offending lines because they come from that level of depravity and how outraged could a practicing homosexual rights activist get if there is nothing really wrong with sodomy?

    No standard will be enforced here and we all know it.

    For there to be moral outrage, you have to start with some kind of standard. They ain’t got one so homosexual villains will be able to do all they please to assault GP=13 audiences. Political Correctness works whe

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