This quote has been absolutely everywhere, so I guess it’s time to notice it:
‘Bond will always be anchored in the 1960s and in the values of the 1960s,’ he says. ‘Bond is an imperialist, misogynist sociopath who goes around bedding women and swilling martinis and killing people. He’s repulsive.
‘The movies have a formula, they stick to it, and it makes them a lot of money. They know what they are doing and they’re going to keep doing it.’
I just don’t get it. He makes a freakin’ fortune playing a killing machine in three movies, with a fourth rumored, but Bond is a problem because he kills people? Jason Bourne’s memory is wiped and he has no idea who he is, but Bond is a “sociopath?”
Some people see Bond movies for sex, car chases, and explosions, and don’t want to know any more. Likewise, some people see Bourne movies for intense fist fights, car chases, and explosions, and don’t want any more. A nuanced understanding of both characters is possible.
Look more closely at Bond and you see someone struggling deeply with what he does for a living and what it costs him. Bond lives in the moment because the moment is all he can count on. This isn’t sociopathic; it’s a way of staying sane.
Is Bond a misogynist? Depends on the movie, actually. Often, he’s a hedonist, interested only in brief encounters, but that doesn’t necessitate misogyny. Certainly there is misogyny in some, but not all, Bond movies.
Bond ‘swills martinis.’ This is, what? Evil? “Repulsive”? Why, exactly? Damon thinks he should be drinking oat straw tea, otherwise he’s not worthy as a hero?
Bond is an “imperialist.” Not sure I get that. He works for his government, and I suspect he is a very conservative person. Not sure that’s the same as empire-building.
Bond movies are formulaic. This from a guy whose third franchise movie was virtually identical to the second, except harder to follow. That’s a glass house and a nasty stone, Mr. Damon.