Young Bond writer slams latest No Time To Die movie for portraying 007 as a boring family man
- Author Charlie Higson said Bond was a ‘fantasy’ and shouldn’t have a wife or family
- He joked that Bond should have triggered his girlfriend’s ejection seat on his last outing
- Daniel Craig’s last Bond film was the third most successful film released in the UK of
- But Higson ‘absolutely hated’ the movie because it was like watching 007 ‘mow the lawn’
The author of the best-selling Young Bond book series has criticized the most recent 007 film for portraying the spy as a committed family man.
Charlie Higson said the opening scenes of No Time To Die – a car chase through the Italian town of Matera – were “awesome” at first, but accused the writers of undermining Bond’s character by showing him in arguing with his girlfriend while driving.
The author joked that 007 should have triggered his ejection seat and resumed his adventure.
Young Bond author Charlie Higson slammed Daniel Craig’s latest outing in No Time To Die
“Bond is a fantasy, he has no wife, no kids, you rarely see him at home, he lives in hotels, eats in restaurants, sleeps with as many women as he wants and can kill people,” Higson told Chalke Valley. History Festival, sponsored by the Daily Mail.
“It’s the best job in the world. You never see him mow his lawn, wash his car, or ask his banker for a loan. He’s a guy on a mission.
“You don’t have to worry about a backstory or boring talks with his girlfriend. This is why I absolutely hate No Time To Die. They put all the boring stuff you don’t want.
“The start of the movie is great – he’s in a really flash car, he’s got a car chase around Matera. But he’s got his girlfriend with him and they’re having a fight. What kind of fantasy is that? Find the button ejection seat, get rid of her and go on an adventure.
Writer, actor and comedian Charlie Higson who writes the Young Bond movies said ‘I absolutely hate No Time To Die’
His comments are likely to raise eyebrows among the film’s fans and producers. No Time To Die was the fourth most successful film at the international box office last year and the third most successful film ever released in the UK.
Higson’s five Young Bond novels depict the making of Ian Fleming as a teenager at Eton College in the 1930s. The series has sold over a million in the UK. The 63-year-old said his favorite Fleming adventure was From Russia With Love because it was the best written and most thoroughly researched – although he admitted some scenes would have seen the author ‘cancelled’ today today.
Although he didn’t specify which sequences could be considered problematic, one of the more controversial storylines has Bond knocking a female double agent in the face.
“There’s some pretty dodgy footage on the women, unfortunately, that in our day and age would have had it canceled instantly,” Higson said. “But as a writing, as a well-written, impactful story, it’s really good.”