In the wake of #MeToo and Time’s Up movements’ response to Harvey Weinstein and similar sexual harassment scandals, it looks like Hollywood is also responding.
Craig is gearing up for his fifth and final James Bond movie, playing a character with accusations of having a history of womanising and misogyny – especially in the older movies.
And now the star has revealed he’s trying to modernise the character with the times.
The 50-year-old spoke with PEOPLE at the Opportunity Network’s annual gala in New York City last Monday.
Craig said: “I’ve been trying to do that gently for the past four movies and I’ll continue to do that.
He added: “We’re right in the middle of doing it.”
Director Danny Boyle is working on Bond 25’s script with Trainspotting scribe John Hodge and he’s hinted at a progressive handling of the Bond girls.
Speaking with Page Six last month, the Oscar winner said: “You write in real time.”
Boyle continued: “You acknowledge the legacy of the world [of Bond] and you write in the world — but you also write in the modern world as well.”
Back in January millennials were watching older James Bond movies and called them “sexist and racist” on Twitter.
Some even called Sir Sean Connery’s incarnation a rapist, for forcing himself on Pussy Galore in 1964’s Goldfinger
In contrast a new book by a University Professor claims that James Bond wasn’t sexist, but a “stylish commando.”
In The World of James Bond historian Jeremy Black, Professor at University of Exeter said: “Bond was a very modern man for the 1950s. This was the pre-pill age, but he admires women who offer sex, femininity and masculinity. His women are independent and driven.
“He is a far more complex and interesting character in the books than in the films.
“In the films the Bond girls are stunning, and with startling regularity acquiesce with a sigh of ‘Oh James’, which has fed 007’s reputation as an arch misogynist.”
James Bond 25 will be released in UK cinemas in November 2019.