Ana De Armas Is More Than Just Your Bond Girl
How exactly did the James Bond franchise survive the Me Too era? By evolving. While James Bond is notorious for its historic objectification of women, often as props or sexual objects for James Bonds of the past, the iconic franchise is moving forward along a far more enlightened road.
The 25th James Bond film, No Time To Die, is now out in theaters in the U.S. and the U.K., bringing plenty of excitement to fans during these decidedly unhappy times. The movie will be Daniel Craig’s last in this iconic role after playing the character for 15 years. While the film is an homage and a farewell to one of the best Bonds in history, it’s also a welcoming platform for new characters in the Bond universe.
In No Time to Die, we’re introduced to the women who follow Bond in this 25th film. They are Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch, and Paloma, played by Ana de Armas. If reviews and interviews are to be believed, then the two female characters have far more agency and depth in this Bond film than any other female character in the franchise. Craig shared his wholehearted support for the franchise’s treatment of the characters, even adding that for once, he’s the one showing more skin than the women in the film.
Star Ana de Armas had plenty to say about the matter—including why she rejects the term Bond Girl.
“I think this movie is 'Bond women,' not so much 'Bond girls,'" said de Armas to CNN. "They're highly skilled, they're powerful, and they all show it in their own way. They're equal to Bond. Times change, and I think that is reflected in the film.”
It was a long time coming, but the James Bond franchise is finally moving in the right direction. As for the ongoing debate as to whether the next James Bond should be a woman, Daniel Craig posed a pretty insightful question: “Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a part just as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”
His comments certainly attracted criticism, but he does present a good point: it's about time women should get more meaningful roles in the James Bond world, whether it’s as James Bond or not.