6 times Sean Connery’s James Bond was a complete prick

Racist, sexist, homophobic. The 1960s 007 had it all.

Sean Connery as James Bond in Dr No
Dr No Sean Connery as James Bond in the first 007 movie. Image Picture Eon/MGM

James Bond was famously written off as a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur” by Judi Dench in GoldenEye, but more than 20 years later he’s still alive and kicking.

Daniel Craig’s 007 has moved with the times, ironing out some of the more dubious elements weaved throughout Ian Fleming’s novels and the early movies.

Head back to the Sean Connery films from the 60s, though, and you’ll find a shedload of inappropriate moments that jar in the 21st century.

Racism, sexism, homophobia… Connery’s 007 did it all. Here are six of his most outrageous clangers to jog your memory…


1

James Bond gets a Japanese makeover


What better was to avoid SPECTRE assassins than to disguise yourself as a Japanese man? Bond got his chest hair bleached, eyebrows shaved and had a black wig plonked on him for a bizarre racial makeover in You Only Live Twice. Couldn’t he have just worn a hat?

2

Violence against women


By the time of Connery’s final official outing as 007 in Diamonds are Forever, he was well and truly on auto-pilot. However, the moment where he chokes a woman with her own bikini top was tackled with worrying intensity.

3

James Bond slags off The Beatles

“My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!” This moment from Goldfinger ticked off sexism, snobbery and appalling musical judgement all in one.

4

Inadvertently killing his fake wife


As part of his You Only Live Twice cover, 007 married Japanese agent Aki. While the pair were sleeping, a SPECTRE assassin attempted to poison the MI6 spy, but rolling over in bed he put his ‘wife’ right into the line of fire. In what was probably karmic retribution, the following Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service saw 007’s real-life murdered on their wedding day.

5

James Bond’s homophobia


More a product of the film itself than Connery’s 007, Diamonds are Forever boasted bigotry in the form of caricature gay assassins Mr Wint and Mr Kidd.  Bond’s dispatch of Bruce Glover’s Wint was particularly brutal.

6

Casual Sexism


“Say goodbye to Felix. Man talk.” Goldfinger had many classic 007 movie moments. Its treatment of Bond’s masseuse Dink wasn’t one of them.

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