The Women 'Wear The Pants' In New James Bond Flick 'No Time To Die'

It's about bloody time.

Let’s be honest, the James Bond films haven’t all been a feminist’s dream to watch, especially those older ones… But it seems as though No Time To Die will finally show a shift where female characters are allowed to be more than just the leggy-model types who distract Mr Bond.

In No Time To Die, Naomie Harris returns to play Moneypenny and Leá Seydoux reprises her role as Madeleine Swann, while Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch is rumoured to be inheriting the 007 title following Bond’s (Daniel Craig) retirement.

However, Bond, unsurprisingly, is called back into the spy world and when he does he has Blade Runner star Ana de Armas as Paloma, another spy, by his side.

It would seem at this point that the women are very much outnumbering the men here.

De Armas commented on the change to THR, saying, “[The women] have been sexualized before, a stereotype, a kind of woman who will always be in danger and waiting to be rescued by Bond.”

“It’s pretty obvious that there is an evolution in the fact that Lashana is one of the main characters in the film and wears the pants — literally. I wear the gown. She wears the pants.”

She added, “[Paloma] is a character that is very irresponsible. She’s got this bubbliness of someone who is excited to be on a mission, but she plays with this ambiguity — you don’t really know if she’s like a really trained, prepared partner for Bond… She’s very smart. She helps Bond navigate through certain things that he wouldn’t be able to do alone.”

Lynch also spoke about her character, saying, “I didn’t want someone who was slick. I wanted someone who was rough around the edges and who has a past and a history and has issues with her weight and maybe questions what’s going on with her boyfriend.”

“Everyone was really responsive to having her be what I wanted. You’re given a fresh perspective on a brand-new black woman in the Bond world.”

Another huge impact on the film is the fact Killing Eve and Fleabag writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge has a writing credit. De Armas and Lynch revealed their excitement about Waller-Bridge’s involvement with Lynch saying, “I very literally squealed when I first heard her name… I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, British girl just like me. She’s going to know how to actually take care of women onscreen.'”

Speaking with the BBC, Waller-Bridge revealed she added “little spices” to the dialogue that had already been written.

“They were just looking for tweaks across a few of the characters and a few of the storylines,” she said. “My involvement was much more practical. Just, ‘You’re a writer, we need some help with these scenes. And you come up with some dialogue for these characters.’”

Waller-Bridge is only the second woman to have a writing credit on a Bond film in the franchise’s almost 60-year history. The first woman involved was Johanna Harwood on Dr No and From Russia With Love.

It was reportedly Craig’s idea to have the Fleabag writer involved in the film, she explained, “We met for coffee and then a few months later we met again. And then I met the director Cary Joji Fukunaga and then I met Daniel after that. But I know Daniel and Barbara [Broccoli] had been talking about it for while.”

Todd Phillips Reveals Why He Cut Out A 'Joker' Scene Confirming Sophie's Fate

"How crazy is he?"

It’s been a month since Joker was first released, and we still have so many questions but it doesn’t seem like director Todd Phillips is willing to give away too much about the film now (or ever, probably).

However, there is one thing he’s setting the record straight on and that’s about single mother Sophie Dumond’s (Zazie Beetz) fate.

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In the film, we find out that Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck has invented a romance with Sophie in his mind and the pair have actually barely exchanged more than a few words to each other.

Towards the end of the film, Fleck lets himself into Sophie’s apartment and she’s shocked to find him there as he’s essentially a stranger to her and asks him to leave. He does, but we never know if she survived or if the very disturbed Fleck murdered her.

Last month, we received confirmation from the film’s cinematographer Lawrence Sher that Sophie had indeed survived, because killing her would go against Arthur’s code of conduct – he only killed those who wronged him and she never did.

Now, Phillips has revealed to IndieWire, that he originally had a scene that would have made Sophie’s fate very clear.

In the original Joker script, when Arthur appears on Murray Franklin’s show, there was a cutaway scene to show Sophie watching the violent encounter on her television.

However, the scene was cut because it wouldn’t have made sense given Joker is meant to be told entirely from Arthur’s perspective.

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He added, “He doesn’t kill her, definitively. As the filmmaker and the writer I am saying he doesn’t kill her. We like the idea that it’s almost like a litmus test for the audience to say, ‘how crazy is he?’

“Most people that I’ve spoken to think he didn’t kill her because they understand the idea that he only kills people that did him wrong. She had nothing to do with it. Most people understood that, even as a villain, he was living by a certain code. Of course he didn’t kill this woman down the hall.”

Good to know!

Dan Aykroyd Confirms The Original Cast Will Return To 'Ghostbusters 2020'

"It’s gonna be scary."

Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd has officially confirmed the original cast will return for the third film that fans have been begging for since 1989 when Ghostbusters II was released.

When Ghostbusters 2020 was first announced, it was believed the film wouldn’t have anything to do with the original Ghostbusters and would pass the torch onto a new generation of supernatural exterminators – this time teenagers.

However, Aykroyd has confirmed in a new interview with The Greg Hill Show, that while the latest film in the franchise doesn’t focus on the original cast, they will be returning.

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Aykroyd said, “Jason Reitman wrote a beautiful, heartfelt script that takes the real DNA from the first two movies and transfers that directly to the third, the next generation. It hands the legacy off to a new generation of stars, and players, and actors, and characters.

“And we’ve shot our part, so [Bill] Murray, Sigourney [Weaver] and Annie Potts, and it was really exciting working on this new idea a new take on the story which Jason — who’s a really incredible and fine filmmaker — came up with. So I’m pretty excited.”

He added, “I have really good feelings about his, just because of the quality of the stars we’ve got there. We’ve got some really terrific young actors, a great story, a great setting. It’s gonna be scary, really thought-provoking, it’s gonna be very heart-felt.”

The confirmation comes after rumours Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts and Bill Murray would be returning, but now we know they’ve actually shot their parts it makes it official.

Aykroyd, Murry, Hudson, Weaver and Potts previously returned for cameos in Paul Feig’s 2016 reboot of the film, but not as Ghostbusters.

No doubt fans will be very keen to see the actors as the familiar characters one more time.

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According to ComicBook.Com, Reitman, who is the son of original director Ivan Reitman, shared these comments about his father while at the Ghostbusters Fan Fest, “You’re the greatest storyteller I know, and I’m the luckiest son on Earth.

“I feel so intimidated making this film, but I’m making it for all of you guys. But most of all, I’m making it for you, and I love you.”

Ghostbusters 2020 also stars Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace.

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