Ever notice how in movies, leading men are allowed to age gracefully, while their female counterparts stay frozen in their early twenties?
Daniel Craig has, and he kind of thinks it’s garbage.
In a new interview with the Red Bulletin (the official publication of the Red Bull brand, natch), the actor discussed his newest 007 movie, Spectre. In the interview, Craig was asked how he felt about his character James Bond “succumbing to the charms of an older woman,” a reference to his Spectre love interest, Italian actress Monica Bellucci. Bellucci is 51, a mere four years older than the 47-year-old Craig.
Craig didn’t hesitate to call the interviewer out. “I think you mean the charms of a woman his own age,” Craig replied. “We’re talking about Monica Bellucci, for heaven’s sake. When someone like that wants to be a Bond girl, you just count yourself lucky!”
Shedding light on Hollywood sexism: During the Red Bulletin interview, Craig didn’t just address ageist double standards in Hollywood. He also dropped a slew of other vaguely feminist truth bombs. For instance, when the subject of Bond’s reputation as an expert “with the ladies” came up, he straight up called the character out for kind of being a sexist douchebag.
“Let’s not forget that he’s actually a misogynist,” he told Red Bulletin. “A lot of women are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long.”
Best. Bond. Ever.