The cast has been revealed for the 2015 Bond film, Spectre, and features Monica Bellucci a (gasp) 50 year-old actor playing alongside the 46 year-old Daniel Craig.
Over the course of the 24 film-long Bond franchise, there have only ever been two female co-stars older than Bond himself – they were featured in the first two movies.
Bond girls have been, on average, fourteen years younger than Bond (Aliza Gur was actually still a teenager when she filmed From Russia With Love).
It's widely acknowledged that Bond ain't exactly the most progressive franchise so Bellucci's inclusion is a bit of a pleasant surprise, particularly when one considers that there hasn't been a Bond girl this old since Maud Adams in the 1983 Octopussy.
Vulture recently put together some pretty incredible infographics, where they compared the age of several leading men with the ages of their love interests, and the results are kinda dire. The worst offenders? Steve Carrell, 45, falling for Anne Hathaway, 25 in Get Smart; Brad Pitt, 40, and Rose Byrne, 24, getting it on in Troy; Liam Neeson, 61, hooking up with Olivia Wilde, 29 in Third Person (I have never heard of this film). While the isolated incidences don't seem that bad, it's the overall trend – seriously, look at the infographics! – which sets a dangerous industry precedent for when women can be considered sexually attractive compared with men.
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