Mrs. James Bond (aka Daniel Craig’s wife, Rachel Weisz) took time to climb down from the high, surgery-free horse she rides on around England with Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson to express “optimism” in the quick advancement of women in Hollywood thanks to #metoo. But before you click on that Lilith Fair playlist, maybe take a step back because Rachel says she doesn’t think the role should go to a lady once her husband is done with it.
The Telegraph had a pretty long-winded interview with Rachel, who somehow felt necessary to share with the reporter she had stopped off for a Brazilian wax before their meeting at a pub. Arguably, the most fascinating part of the whole story is that Rachel’s aesthetician is presumably blind since they confused Rachel for Salma Hayek.
The question that gets asked second only to “Are you a feminist?” in Hollywood is who do you think should be the next James Bond. Should Idris Elba and his trouser snake simultaneously take on the roles of 007 and M, or should it go to a lady? Who better to ask than the gal who sleeps next to Bond each night!
When asked if she thought James Bond should become Jane Bond, Rachel recognized she was being asked to verbally walk through the minefield Princess Diana trotted through back in the 1990s and chose her words carefully:
“[James Bond author Ian Fleming] devoted an awful lot of time to writing this particular character, who is particularly male and relates in a particular way to women. Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.”
I’m sure there are a few of us who read that and thought “FEAST UPON HER!” but she has a point. I mean, if you’re thirsty for a lady James Bond, just watch Atomic Blonde… or Haywire… or that movie where Jennifer Lawrence has a terrible Russian accent. And the men who raged over an all-female Ghostbusters are probably so confused. On one hand, they agree with Rachel. On the other hand, they were so looking forward to raging some more after a lady James Bond was announced.