Misogyny of Bond movies won't fly today, says 'No Time to Die' director Cary Joji Fukunaga

‘May not be possible to change Bond overnight, but you can change world around him’

No-Time-To-Die-Trailer-YouTube A screenshot of the trailer of No Time to Die, showing Daniel Craig in his fifth and final portrayal of James Bond | MGM

While the Bond franchise has been around for decades, it has often faced criticism for the rampant sexism in the movies.

However, director of the latest Bond movie, No Time to Die Cary Joji Fukunaga feels that casual misogyny sexism of old Bond films won’t fly today.

Speaking to Hollywood Reporter, the director said, "Is it Thunderball or Goldfinger where, like, basically Sean Connery’s character rapes a woman?”  “She’s like ‘No, no, no,’ and he’s like, ‘Yes, yes, yes.’ That wouldn’t fly today,” he said.

He, further said it may not be possible to change Bond overnight into a different person, but "you can definitely change the world around him and the way he has to function in that world."

"It is a story about a white man as a spy in this world, but you have to be willing to lean in and do the work to make the female characters more than just contrivances,” Hollywood Reporter quoted him as saying.

No Time To Die will feature James Bond as he leaves active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Apart from Daniel Craig as 007 one last time, No Time To Die also stars Rami Malek as the villain Lucifer Safin, Léa Seydoux as Bond'\s love interest - Dr. Madeleine Swann (from Spectre), Lashana Lynch as the new secret agent Nomi who takes over 007 after Bond retires, Ben Whishaw as the MI6 quartermaster Q and, Ralph Fiennes as MI6 chief M.

—With PTI inputs