Like, Daniel Craig’s Bond Swan song “No Time to Die” The franchise offers everything fans expect: thrilling action sequences, beautiful women, sharp one-liners. . . And an ugly villain.
This time the new superheroine is a man named Lucifer Safin, played by the Oscar winner. Rami Malik (“Bohemian Rhapsody”). Safin is smart, cunning and not content with just taking revenge on different people, including 007’s latest Bond girl Madeleine (Leia Sidox) and her young daughter. Once he crosses that list, Safin intends to launch a bio-weapon to the world.
In short, Safin is very bad. But his actions alone are not the cause of controversy and controversy. Introduced after wearing the expressionless white mask worn in the first Japanese Noah performances, Safin’s real face is ultimately covered in scars due to a life-threatening neurological agent.
This is the physical difference, however, of the disorder, which has taken the poor and disabled worker Jane Campbell and others like her into its arms.
On Its YouTube channel, The author addresses the subject: “Impairment, impairment, disability and physical change, it is a tool that is used in literature and now in film and has been used for so long that it There’s a part of society that is something I don’t think many people think twice about, and it needs to change. ”
The ugly imagery of villains perpetuates the stereotype that moral corruption and distrust are linked to physical appearance. These are real-world effects for people who are apparently disabled or deformed, and how they are treated less because the audience is conditioned.
Unfortunately, the 007 franchise is one of the most persistent members of this villainous troupe, an exercise that the producers defended, pointing to the work of author Ian Fleming, who initiated the James Bond novels. On which the films are based.
Producer Michael G. Wilson said it was a flaming device he used throughout the story. Told Deck of Geck. On the release of the 2012 “Skyfall”. “It’s just part of the writing tradition.”
Campbell backtracked on the claim.
“I don’t know why it’s a literary ‘tradition,’ he said in an interview with Salon, that cinema and literature cling to love.” It would be more interesting for everyone to tell a more subtle story. ”
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Tradition in the franchise means adhering to the same formula and archeology that was first developed by the wealthy, privileged, traditionally attractive and capable Fleming in the 1950s. Highlighting his WWII experiences in intelligence, the author wrote in his mind the ultimate secret agent who is sexy, confident, subtle and white. He has a woman in every port and she kicks the bad man’s ass.
And this evil man is often presented with perversion. In “No Time to Die”, Safin is not alone. The film also features two other villains, each with a missing eye, one of whom is Ernest Bluefield, a character Christoph Waltz who is adapted from the 2015 “Specter”. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve met the Specter terrorist leader several times in previous incarnations in the Bond franchise. It is usually shown with a large scar on one eye (or the eye is missing) and occasionally a pet is a white cat. He is also the inspiration for Dr. Evil, the villain portrayed by comedian Mike Myers in the “Austin Powers” spy fake franchise.
during this, Not Dr. Julius, Safin, who is rumored to be connected, is seen with artificial hands, received by Specter after playing with tradition. “Casino Royale,” villain in 2006. Lee Schaefery In “Skyfall”, villain Raul Silva (Javier Bardem) reveals that the motive for his attacks against MI6 is linked to the suffering he endured after the capture of the enemy. Removing her teeth To show that half of his face has been permanently disfigured by hydrogen cyanide. For all the villains listed, not a single actor who portrays them seems to hurt or maim themselves.
Despite the outcry, which has been revived over and over again, Campbell believes she knows why the mega-popular franchise is in trouble.
“Because it’s a simple ‘punch down’? Because they don’t respect people with disabilities?” she said. “I can only understand the lack of respect provided they have been asked to reconsider, and research has presented why these repeated troopers are harmful.”
It is disappointing to know that this trap is so wide that it is not limited to violent rents of adults. Campbell remembered for the first time that a bad character was seen with a visible notoriety. “The Lion King.”
“It was 1994, so I was seven years old.” “But I’m sure I’ve seen many more examples before,” he said.
Campbell is not alone in his fight for better, more responsible representation for people with physical differences. One organization that is advocating for advances in the bond franchise is Changing Fees, a UK-based charity that suffers from visible stigma or disability.
They found it. Only 1 in 5 With a visible difference, they have seen a character who casts them as a hero in a movie or on TV, while 39% of people have seen someone with a visible difference as a villain. They also found that the long-term effects of not being represented in society and popular culture have serious mental health effects on people. تِ س را Low self-esteem has been reported, and a quarter say it has affected their mental health.
Changing faces started them. #IAmNotYourVillain Campaign. Turning the story around the visible difference and disability, which ends British Film Institute Stop funding in 2018 for movies that show villains with facial expressions.
Before “No time to die” He changed his face and wrote an open letter. Commitment to bond producers to eliminate future traps in the franchise. The letter reads in part:
For many of us, we regularly experience abuse and hatred, simply because of how we look. When we open our front door, we see a lot. . . .
So, for the next Bond movie, let’s have a character – a hero, a strong side kick or an intelligent love interest, which also makes a clear difference. Because we are not just your villains.
For Campbell, the Bond franchise is just the beginning of how far the media has come in terms of proper representation.
Horror film director Ari Easter. Openly admits [to Forbes] That his crippled character, Rubin, ‘Midsomer’ As a symbol, as an idea, he is even more important as a character. We are not metaphors; We are people ”
The next step? “More inclusion of disabled voices,” Campbell said, involves more disabled writers and actors, both of which will lead to better representation and better storytelling and less potential in the industry.
While the film industry. The calculation is in progress Representation On camera and off, the future of the Bond franchise could change drastically if they choose to apply what has been said about this troupe in future films. It would be refreshing if there was no physical difference in the main opponent, and even better, if 007 itself took on a new form. It took Bond 25 movies to finally turn golden, and it turned out fine. Now is the time for the franchise to realize that no one needs to look physically “perfect” to be brave.