i am not the only one who noticed that in Skyfall James Bond exploits a sexually trafficked woman.
But the irony is worthy of a brief mention.
Daniel Craig is married to Rachel Weisz, the actress who starred in The Whistleblower. That film, based on the true story of an American woman — Kathy Bolkovac — who went to work as a UN peacekeeper in Bosnia, described the horror of sex trafficking being conducted by the very authorities who were supposed to be bringing justice and order to that war-torn region.
It’s too bad that Craig didn’t use any of his clout as the star of the recent Bond series to suggest omitting that shower scene.
It actually would have been preferable, if the director was committed to that scene, to never mention that she was a sex-trafficked woman in the first place.
Bond has always been known for womanizing and, to a large extent, that element of his character has been widely accepted. Whether it should be is another discussion. But even for those who gladly accept Bond’s casual sexual encounters as part of the plot, this development in the storyline should be a concern.
The world of espionage is a murky one, filled with compromise and truth bending. And with that in mind, many will not expect anything different from Bond’s character.
However, perhaps we should. What is a hero after all? For that matter, what is a man?