James Bond 50: The Gay Hitmen

 

As the world’s most famous spy celebrates 50 years as a movie star, the time has come to celebrate everything we love about him. In 22 blog posts, I’ll find something in every Bond movie, from Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008), that’s worth illustrating. Yes, even the bad ones.

Sean Connery returned to the role of James Bond in the series’ seventh chapter. The fact that he did it solely for the money is fairly obvious in his performance; Connery could sleepwalk and still be an attractive star… but his heart is just not in it. The most memorable part of this bizarre entry in the franchise is not Blofeld turning into a transsexual. It is the appearance of jazz musician Putter Smith and actor Bruce Glover as Mr. Kidd and Mr. Wint, two gay hit men. Their homosexuality is only hinted at, but has always been assumed as fact. The fact that their sexuality is vaguely portrayed as a threat against Bond, I guess we’ll have to label an unfortunate sign of the times.

My 2006 review of Diamonds Are Forever.

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