In honor of International Woman’s Day, Daniel Craig set aside the Walther PPKs and Aston Martins in favor of some new accessories: in a short clip, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood and written by Jane Goldman (she of X-Men: First Class fame) we are invited to feast uncomfortably on Craig’s turn as a woman.
In this 2:09 clip, Bond walks with conviction in front of a spotlight, that is until M recites a litany of statistics damning to the idea of gender equality in 2011.
Is it supposed to be funny? Eye-opening? It’s a little hard to crack a smile despite seeing the ultra-macho Craig, generally considered the epitome of the “strong, silent type” looking more Birdcage than steel cage, clad in a dress and blonde wig. Nevertheless, while M (voiced by the immediately recognizable Dame Judi Dench) explains to Bond (and us) the many ways in which women are discriminated against still today, the joke deflates pretty quickly.
Especially when you consider the track record that Bond has had with women, who generally considered them as so many notches on his bedpost, the clip rings a little hollow.
Oh well. As we get closer and closer to the as-of-yet untitled James Bond 23, most Bond-fanatics will probably just be happy to see Craig, looking smoldering as ever, return to form as 007 in this truncated next chapter of the Bond series.