With Skyfall coming out a few weeks back, I decided to go back and re-watch the original 1960’s Sean Connery James Bond films. I’ve seen every James Bond film and loved them all, but my memory really only went back as far as the mid 1980’s. I completely remember Pierce Brosnan, Timothy Dalton, and most of Roger Moore’s movies. However the old Sean Connery movies I barely remembered, or didn’t remember at all.
I wanted to go back and watch these with new adult eyes, mostly to restore my memory, and to satisfy my own curiosity about how the 1960’s portrayed an Alpha Male as opposed to today. (The only 1960’s Alpha stuff I remembered were some of the later John Wayne movies, which I liked in a fond sort of way, but that’s not exactly the type of Alpha I’m all about.) I was very curious to see how an Alpha navigated the silver screen in a Mad Men era.
Holy shit! Talk about a difference! Wow.
The 1960’s James Bond nailed pussy like no other leading man now, or in the 90’s, or even in my beloved masculine 80’s. Seriously. It’s not even close. I mean, occasionally (though not often) you’ll see a movie these days where a male lead fucks more than one woman during the movie, but it’s nothing, and I mean nothing, like what 1960’s James Bond was doing, and this includes the other later-era James Bonds! Let me be very specific…
In Dr. No (1962), James Bond not only fucks multiple women (three to be exact) but he fucks them all multiple times. He’ll fuck a chick, then relax, get bored, then get horny and fuck her again. He does exactly this with two different women within the hour-and-a-half movie.
Even more, one of them he already knows is a bad guy who’s complicit in trying to kill him, and who he already knows he’s going to turn over to the cops as soon as he fucks her. He nails her once, then relaxes, then gets horny and nails her again, then gets her dressed, walks her out of the house, throws her in a cop car (to her shock), the cops drive her away to prison, then he just smiles and goes back into the house for a smoke.
Oh, it gets better. In the very next movie From Russia With Love (1963), James Bond fucks four different women within the first 50 minutes of the movie. These are not tiny 30 second or five minute snippets like you usually see today with player-guys in movies. These are all focused, drawn-out events with real characters. He doesn’t just fuck them in the normal modern-day Hollywood way either. Two of the women are hot gypsy belly dancers who want to kill each other because they’re in love with the same man, but James Bond ends up having an all-night threesome with both of them. (Nothing heals hatred like good cock.) A third woman he fucks within two minutes of meeting her. I don’t mean two minutes of screen time, I mean two minutes of real time. I mean, I’ve fucked a lot of women very fast in my day, but I’ve never had a two minute meet-to-lay.
I could go on with examples but you get the gist. That’s just the first two movies. This shit goes on for another four or five movies after that.
Now here’s my point. Let me ask you a question: Has there been any mainstream Hollywood movies in the last 30 years where the male lead has done anything like this? Even if you can think of one or two (which I doubt), you’ve proven my point, because you can only think of one or two out of the hundreds of movies Hollywood cranks out a year, and has been for the last 30 years. But that’s not the only thing; can you think of a male lead in the last 30 years who did this, and the behavior was promoted as good instead of bad (or selfish or immature or wrong or whatever)? I don’t think you can think of one movie that fits that bill. Yet in the 60’s James Bond was doing this constantly…for years and years.
Moreover, James Bond in these 1960’s movies is not an outlier character doing these things. M, his boss, actively encourages Bond to seduce and fuck lots of chicks. Compare this to the Pierce Brosnan bond in Goldeneye (1995) where not only is M now a woman, but she’s angry and resentful at how misogynistic Bond is. (Remember her famous “misogynistic dinosaur” line?)
The closest you can possibly come to a modern-day equivalent, and it’s really not close at all, is that there’s occasionally a movie like Wedding Crashers, where the male lead fucks a few women for just a few minutes at the very beginning of the movie, but:
- It’s only for the first 5-15 minutes of the film.
- The behavior is always portrayed as immature, dumb, selfish, dysfunctional, dishonest, or even lonely.
- The male lead is quickly “set straight” by Falling In Love™ with that One Special Girl™ who’s Worth Changing For™ and then usually lives Living Happily Ever After™ in newfound beta bliss.
This includes the modern-day James Bond. Notice how Daniel Craig starts out all cool but then falls in love, and then gets moody and depressed when his Perfect Girl™ gets killed?
Seeing my point yet?
Here’s some more questions: What if there actually was a mainstream Hollywood movie today where the male lead was doing the exact same stuff 60’s Bond was doing (same numbers of women fucked, same sexual focus), and it was promoted as a good thing, i.e. at the end of the movie he was still doing it and having a great time?
Think about that for a minute. How would the press react? How would women react? How would movie critics react?
Would such a movie even find wide theater distribution in the first place?
Interesting, isn’t it?
These days we just love to pat ourselves on the back about how sexually free we all are compared to how sexually repressive we used to be decades ago. Well, I’ve got news for you. Today, thanks to things like feminism, political correctness, marketing to female consumers, and the continuing pussification of men (with men’s compliance I might add, thanks betas!), WE are the sexually repressed ones in many ways. 40 years ago JFK was banging six supermodels at a time on his yacht, and no one said boo. Today, Bill Clinton gets a blowjob from some fat chick and the entire government is paralyzed for almost a year.
You could argue that people back then didn’t know about what JFK was doing, and I would argue that if they had found out, I don’t think the government would have been paralyzed for a year. It would have been a very brief scandal and then life would have resumed. In the Mad Men era, people expected men to act like the pigs we are. Today, at least in most of the western world, men are not allowed to be men. (Yes, I realize there are exceptions to the rule like France.) We’re supposed to shut up, calm down, and serve our female
Watching these old films was as interesting as it was depressing. It was great that 60’s James Bond did his thing on the big screen back then. It’s terrible that men are no longer “allowed” to be like that any more.
I guess we’re going to have to show them wrong…