British actor Daniel Craig, who stars in the relaunched James Bond franchise, this past week appeared in a film short that puts a new spin on his 007 role: to draw attention to the inequality that women still face in the workplace and in wider society he wears women’s clothing to quite literally walk a few steps in a woman’s shoes.
Voiced by Oscar winning actress Dame Judi Dench, who starred alongside Craig in the revived 007 films as the enigmatic “M”, the film short was made in honor of International Women’s Day by the EQUALS coalition of charities and sees Craig as his alter-ego James Bond learn a few things about what it means to be a woman in today’s world.
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Directed by acclaimed ‘Nowhere Boy’ director/conceptual artist Sam Taylor-Wood, scripted by Jane Goldman (‘Kick Ass’) and featuring the voice of Dame Judi Dench reprising her role as ‘M’, the film will be screened in cinemas and streamed online in a bid to highlight the levels of inequality that persist between men and women in the UK and worldwide.
It is the first film featuring Bond to be directed by a woman.
In the film ‘M’ interrogates Bond with a series of searching questions on gender issues, from pay inequality to domestic violence. ‘M’ asks: “For someone with such a fondness for women, I wonder if you’ve ever considered what it means to be one?”
Bond then appears in a blonde wig, a dress and women’s shoes, in a sequence that is both highly emotional and deeply disturbing. As he/she stands silent, Dench continues to read a list of brutal statistics relating to the role of women and their treatment in our society.
Sam Taylor-Wood said: “Bond is challenged by ‘M’ to think about gender inequality, and I hope that the film encourages viewers to do the same.
Despite great advances in women’s rights, statistics show that when it comes to the balance of power between the sexes, equality is far from being a global reality. As ‘M’ reminds Bond, facing up to gender issues and the sometimes covert nature of sexism in the 21st century is something that we all have to recognise, confront and challenge.”
The film was commissioned by EQUALS, a coalition of charities and organisations brought together by Annie Lennox to step up the call for equality between men and women.
Produced by Barbara Broccoli, the woman behind box-office hits ‘Casino Royale’, ‘Quantum of Solace’ and the forthcoming ‘Bond 23’, and shot by Oscar-nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, the film will be released at midday on Monday 7 March to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day the following day.
For more Care2 coverage of International Women’s Day, click here.
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