Gaymes Bond

In the new James Bond film Skyfall, there’s apparently a scene in which the villain, Silva (Javier Bardem), comes on to Bond (Daniel Craig). Bond is tied up in a chair at the time. After Silva feels Bond’s leg, Bond looks at him and says, “You think this is my first time?” It’s a quip, and it’s designed to take the villain aback – Bond is telling the villain that he can’t be thrown by a gay come-on.

But the left has gone all breathless over this line. Could Bond be gay?

The UK Daily Mail is already speculating that perhaps Bond plays for both teams:

The actor, who takes on the role of the suave British agent in the latest installment Skyfall, was forced to comment after the chemistry between him and Javier Bardem’s character Raoul Silva sparked speculation about Bond’s sexuality.

This, of course, led Craig to do what he’s supposed to do: announce that Bond isn’t gay. He hasn’t been gay for the last fifty years. Co-star Naomie Harris, though, says that perhaps one day Bond will be gay. “I think everything is open,” she said. “Who knows?!” She even suggested that Bond could be played by a woman at some point.

The left’s insistence on playing with gender roles reaches the ridiculous here. Is Mozart’s Don Giovanni gay? Could he be played by a woman? How about Jane Eyre? Could she be a lesbian? Or be played by a man?

This insistence that every character could be straight or gay, man or woman, is asinine. The left has insisted for decades that sexuality is entirely defined by biology. And yet when it comes to our favorite movie characters, their sexuality is as fluid as humanly possible. Television characters like Marissa on The OC float between heterosexuality and homosexuality with the ease of a sports fan switching team allegiances. More ease, actually. Usually, they do this during sweeps week.

When it comes to the world of comics, the creators do the same thing. The Green Lantern? Now he’s gay. How about Batwoman? She became a lesbian. The left insists that sexuality is the key to one’s identity – but the identity is not key to sexuality. So Superman could be gay. Why not?

And thus we now get to talk about whether James Bond could be gay. The answer: of course not. You could create a gay MI6 spy. But he would not be James Bond. Bond is Bond because he’s so traditionally masculine. He is a lethal weapon designed to fulfill his mission. He’s a womanizer. He occasionally falls in love (Casino Royale). But he certainly isn’t going to come out to M anytime soon.

The left’s treatment of Bond shows that they want to treat sexuality both ways: as an immutable characteristic, like race, and as a perfectly mutable characteristic that allows them to hijack popular figures. They argue the alternatives based on convenience. But in the end, they undermine their own credibility in the process.

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  • Mary Sue

    Step inside the world of online Roleplaying sometime. You'll see hundreds of fangirls (and boys sometimes too) playing canonically straight characters as gay.

    • Bugs

      It's extremely common in sci fi fandom, too.

      • Mary Sue

        exactly.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    When will the left tell us that "prophet" mohammed was gay?

    That's mulitcultural outreach.

    • Mary Sue

      I think at best they might accept that he's Bi without admitting it.

    • Arius

      I like it! Let's put out the message that Mohammad was gay.

  • banastre tarleton

    Hollywood, with it's soft propaganda, is both a shaper , seducer and reflecter of society ….it is Gay Hollywood , more than anything , that has mainstreamed homosexuality to the masses ,with disasterous consequences

    Human sexuality is not fixed , but is flexible ,and it's one of the much underated achievements of civilisation to have coralled the human sex drive and chanelled and disciplined it into male and female
    Lets face it , human sexuality is a pandora's box , you never really know what's going to come out of it ; what's next after ''gay pride '' ?…jerk off pride ….S and M pride …group sex pride , or maybe incest pride ? after all , why shouldn't two people who love each other not get married ?

    The shrill ''Gay pride '' mafia don't want tolerance , they want RESPECT ; they want to promote their unnatural sexual habits as just another lifestyle choice and loudly wear it as a badge of pride and have no awareness of their moral duty of discretion

    • Jim_C

      Hollywood also played a big part in mainstreaming those awful African American people, though many said it would spell the downfall of our civilization.

      They want kids who are gay to be able to go to school and be accepted for who they are. They want couples to be able to go to a neighbor's barbecue with the person they love and not have it be a big deal. And increasingly–THANK GOD–so does America.

      • mkat68

        Acceptance is one thing, gaining official sanction to force acceptance is another.

      • tarleton

        There is NO COMPARISON between gay rights and civil rights for black folk

  • Edward Cline

    I could see where the James Bond cash cow was going years ago when I reviewed John Gardner’s “License Renewed,” the first post-Ian Fleming Bond novel, for the Wall Street Journal. My main point in the review was: Leave a good literary creation alone and create your own material. But, originality is not among the marketable skills of anyone attracted to the Bond cash cow. This is the age of the parasite and a succession of writers took their turns to write “Bond” novels. Bond was incrementally repackaged and redefined over and over again so that he became a joke and a snickering self-parody. The gimmicky movies helped. I stopped watching the movies and observed how the literary pilferers reached the climax of political correctness when Judi Dench was selected to be “M,” a bitchy precursor of Valerie Jarrett. So, why not make Bond gay? Or a transsexual? Or “differently abled,” and put in a wheelchair? Think of all the gimmicky weapons “Q” could arm the wheelchair with. The left is out to destroy values, and Bond has been one of them for decades.

    • Questions

      I seriously doubt many people, aside from the homos, want to see Bond depicted as "gay." In any event — all you anti-Hollywood types take heed — James Bond movies ALWAYS have been British productions, from the years of Albert "Cubby" Broccoli to the present. Audiences don't mind either way; weekend box office receipts exceeded even high expectations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edward.cline.77 Edward Cline

    I could see where the James Bond cash cow was going years ago when I reviewed John Gardner's "License Renewed," the first post-Ian Fleming Bond novel, for the Wall Street Journal. My main point in the review was: Leave a good literary creation alone and create your own material. But, originality is not among the marketable skills of anyone attracted to the Bond cash cow. This is the age of the parasite and a succession of writers took their turns to write "Bond" novels. Bond was incrementally repackaged and redefined over and over again so that he became a joke and a snickering self-parody. The gimmicky movies helped. I stopped watching the movies and observed how the literary pilferers reached the climax of political correctness when Judi Dench was selected to be "M," a bitchy precursor of Valerie Jarrett. So, why not make Bond gay? Or a transsexual? Or "differently abled," and put in a wheelchair? Think of all the gimmicky weapons "Q" could arm the wheelchair with. The left is out to destroy values, and Bond has been one of them for decades.

  • JakeTobias

    "…they want to treat sexuality both ways: as an immutable characteristic, like race, and as a perfectly mutable characteristic…"

    That sums it up so great. On this site awhile back, there was a panel of psychiatrists, one of whom said socialists often have suffered sexual abuse. At least the notables of the Nazi party had. Now think of notables in show business who admit to that in their background. Rosie O' Donnell, and Melissa Etheridge come to mind. Both were sexually abused, and both are lesbians. And socialists. Poet Rod Mckuen was sexually abused, and gay. But with therapy, became straight. I don't know what his politics are.

    I think some gays really are born that way. But a lot do seem to have been made. Some people try it out of plain curiosity. They also say, homosexuality is not contagious. But if the behavior often arises from being sexually abused, then one could say it is de facto contagious. Based on its growing prominence in our culture, it seems contagious in spirit with writers, and actors.

    And don't forget the pedophiles. As Ann Coulter pointed out, liberals insist gays can't change, but pedophiles can.

    Sexual abuse also seems to drive a lot of addicts, such as Corey Haim. Gays love to crack wise, how straights are really gay. But I think, if it were not for gays incessantly talking about gayness, most straights could not conceive of the behavior.

    • Mary Sue

      add to that the Radical Feminists who think that PiV (weener in vajay) sex is an Evil Harmful Tool of the Patriarchy™ because it *GASP* causes PREGNANCY! and thus CHOOSE relationships with women only, thus undercutting the whole "we were born that way, who would CHOOSE to be this way?" argument.

  • Tanner

    Interesting article. You know, there's a old saying, "History is written by the victor." When the Left gets control of something, they dictate it as they please. That's the way it works in their world. Regardless if it's right or wrong, or if it's truthful or false, they don't even care. It's all about money and pushing political points and agendas. One of these days, Hollywood will be laughed at for their obvious motives.

  • Mudrake2

    As a 57 year old hetro man who has had his fair share of propositions from gay men, the most recent two was a month ago and only l last week. I was taken aback both times as both cases involved men 20+ years younger and physical contact. In both cases they ran their fingers through my chest hair. I kid you not. In neither instance did I take offense. I am a physically imposing confident male secure in my own skin, and took both advances as a complement. I simply told them I was straight and that was it. In the movie scene I think the writers were just trying to show that there is no length to which Bond might go to complete a mission, it that means seducing another man, so be it. It is just another measure of his ruthlessness, not his meterosexuality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/edward.cline.77 Edward Cline

    So, what happened to my remarks?

    • Mary Sue

      sometimes randomly they're held by the automatic review function. Either posted later or not at all. It's very random.

    • zalukas

      Using word "thighs" is verbotten in this esteemed forum, meine herr.

  • http://www.facebook.com/leonardo.delapaor Leonardo de la Paor

    THE REASON WHY MUSLIMS ARE SENSITIVE ABOUT MUHAMMAD.

    Muhammad was a cross-dresser, used eyeliner and dyed his hair with henna. Muhammad had a homosexual relationship with Zihir. Muhammad liked men to kiss his whole body. Muhammad complained to Allah that he had a problem with impotency. Allah sent the angel Gabriel with a special kind of “Viagra” in the form of food. From the 66 women he had in his harem, he never produced offspring. The only children born in his marriage to Khadiga, were born in the Jaheliya (Ignorance) period before Islam, where the practice of exchanging wives was widely spread. This was banned in the Quran sura 33:52.

  • The Truth

    Clearly, Mr. Shapiro sees fit to spoil the James Bond movie for all the people who are going to see it today, simply so that he can confirm his heterosexuality to himself and the public by complaining yet again that a movie at the box office doesn’t conform to his parochial values. It doesn’t take a master spy to determine that Mr. Shapiro is a spoiled brat. What would have made this article more interesting is if the author were truly related in any way to the professionals he criticizes and could have interviewed one of them to get their thoughts on why they produce movies in the way that they do.

    • http://www.facebook.com/edward.cline.77 Edward Cline

      The Truth: If Mr. Shapiro " were truly related in any way to the professionals he criticizes," he would not have written the article. The article wouldn't have been possible. He would have been a bought scribe and very likely not writing for Front Page. Also, you charge that he is "parochial" and desperate to confirm his heterosexuality. And how exactly did Mr. Shapiro "spoil" the fun of readers here who haven’t seen the movie, when he cites a single scene in it? All that being said, you ought to look up the definition of ad hominem, and then look at yourself in the mirror. That's your middle name. You attacked Shapiro, not the column.

      • The Truth

        It’s interesting that you proclaim there is no middle ground between making a movie and venomously spouting off about a movie. If Mr. Shapiro were in any way connected to movie creativity he would have given the movie a glowing review? That’s a strange opinion of yours.

        Anyway, since this morning, I have gone to see the movie Skyfall, which Mr. Shapiro has ripped as gay propaganda and filth. I can now confirm that Mr. Shapiro is off his rocker as the movie was excellent, Bond had many women in the movie, and Shapiro baselessly exaggerates the import of the scene that offended his carefully guarded gender identity. I doubt he saw the movie.

  • Steve Chavez

    I BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT THE NEXT BOND FILM WILL BE CALLED "OCTADICK." Bond will come out of the closet and will reveal he's been a double agent for the Russians all along but all will be revealed only to his lover, Vladimir Putin. Bond will join up with Obama, also his lover, to destroy the United States. In the end, the Statue of Liberty is hit with a rocket and toppled.

    "THE END." The audience gives the movie a standing ovation. CNN'S Anderson Cooper goes bonkers. Hollywood goes nuts and John Travolta wants to be the next Bond Guy.

    • zalukas

      Report to your nearest ACLU arresting officer.

      You devil, you. LOL

  • Mark Koenig

    Having seen the film – and thus the scene under discussion – yesterday, I can report without question that Ben is correct in his assessment. I might add that I attended the screening with a gay male couple. None of us thought that Bond's line: "What makes you think this is my first time?" was intended by the writers to convey any ambiguity regarding Bond's sexual orientation. The retort by Bond to the uber-villain was clearly a bold in-your-face metaphorical counter-punch meant to take his antagonist by surprise and throw him off-balance. It accomplished said purpose quite well. Further – before we get any caterwauling from the gay left that the villain in the film (played by Javier Bardem) is gay – note well Daniel Craig's response to this speculation to a U.K. reporter: "… and I don't think Javier's character is either – I think he'd f**k anything."

    For what it's worth – three gay men viewing the film together yesterday formed precisely the same opinion.

    • jemaasjr

      Going by what you say, my guess is that they put the homo line in to keep from catching flack for having a gay villain. Probably at some point in the development it was a totally straight Bond against a unambiguously homosexual villain.

  • zalukas

    As I began watching latest installment of Bond, my Gaydar needle started to shake.

    Instead, we re-watched "Goldfinger" , where men were men and women were feminine.

    • trickyblain

      Nobody here wants to know what happens when your gaydar needle shakes, dude. There's likely other websites for that kind of thing.

      • zalukas

        You don't own a gaydar?! You should thou, gaydar helps you to keep out from perpendicular dimension of pederast world.

        Barney the Frank has a website? No, please don't link it.

  • Elif Cantoni

    Seriously? Left? Bisexual or not, what has Bond to do with any politics? What a stupid interpretation! Read some books, get some horizon!

  • John C. Davidson

    You cannot watch a movie anymore without some sort of so called progressive dig against normal society added.

  • http://twitter.com/mattand @mattand

    Can you supply some actual examples something "the left" said, other than the Daily Mail? I know you guys are still stressed out from Tuesday, but still…

  • EssEm

    Well, if James ever did have a roll in the hay with another man, can you imagine that Mr Testosterone Alpha Male would ever be anything other than the Top? So no harm done.

    In traditional aka patriarchal societies throughout history, a man only loses his masculine status by being penetrated, not by penetrating another man. Anyway, as Voltaire said, "Once, a philosopher; twice, a sodomite."

    For some reason I find this very funny. But then, in the wake of last week, I'm looking for any excuse to laugh.

    • EssEm

      BTW, this 007's boss is a woman. The gayme is already lost when M is female. Horse left the barn with that change to the stories.

  • R.C.

    Pathetic–just another promotion of the mentally ill homosexual agenda!

  • Jim_C

    "Left?" "Gay?" It's James Bond! Casino Royale is the best Bond film of all time! Daniel Craig may be better than even Connery. Come on, people! Stop obsessing, get on with life.

    • trickyblain

      Better than Connery?! He's was soundingly better than Dalton and Brosnon…debatable for Moore and Dalton..but Connery?!

      Horrible comment, Jim. Only one I've ever marked you down on. haha

      • Jim_C

        haha! I like Connery and Moore (Moore was my intro to Bond, so…)

        FWIW–I said "may" be, OK?

        "Shaken, or stirred?"

        "Do I look like I give a damn?"

  • Ghostwriter

    If I were writing the script,I would have had Bond say,"You touch me again and I'll send you to the hospital." What do you think of that?

    • The Truth

      I think I know why the screenwriters and ghostwiters end up here instead of on IMDB.

  • http://www.facebook.com/OurSafeHome.net Dan Nafe

    Wow, you guys know nothing about Ian Flemming and his co-workers. The British espionage community of Flemming's day was rife with homosexuals. Homosexuality was illegal in Great Britain and was kept on 'the down low'. This meant that the homosexual community had the very best tradecraft (and clothes!) and were recruited by MI5 & MI6.

    A homosexual Bond, James Bond would be more authentic and true to life.

  • amused

    I guess everyone forgets Diamonds are Forever -the two thugs that tried to do in 007 were tongue in cheek gay , and the film with Michael Douglas where the Villain was gay , a redo of the original with Faulkner as a CIA Agent whose son marries a dentists Daughter , Mrs Doubtfire , and a number of other HARMLESS NO POLITICAL/SOCIAL MESSAGE MOVIES meant only for WOOoooooooo ….entertainment .
    Get over yourselves gays have been around since the Caesars ,and Alexander , the world will go on with or without them . I'm more concerned with the turnstile justice here for Murderers ,Rapists and Pedophiles who always seem to get ot of jail until they kill or kill again .

  • Loyal Achates

    There's a word for people who write angry articles denouncing the presence of gay or lesbian characters in fiction, and it's 'homosexual'. When will Mr. Shapiro join Ted Haggard, Larry Craig, Mark Foley, and the rest of the sorry lot?

  • Reese

    Am I on the Frontpagemag website? Most of these comments are grossing me out.

  • John

    Right…because there is no such thing as a masculine gay man. What are traits that determine masculinity? How many ACTUAL gay men aside from stereotypes do not have these traits? Sorry, but nowhere is masculinity described as putting a dick in a vagina. James Bond has every possibility of being gay as any other male. We know that he isn’t gay because he has sex with women. That is his character. Could he be bi curious? Who cares?!

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