Daniel Craig's press tour took a turn for the better this week when the Bond actor responded to a question that further alluded to the idea that women in Hollywood often fall victim to ageist discrimination. Spectre, the 24th Bond installment hits theaters next week and Craig's character is reprised as the recognized sharp spy and in his spare time, a devoted romancer to his "Bond girl."
This time around, Craig's love interest is played not by a woman half his age, but by 51-year-old, sultry Italian actress Monica Bellucci. While a handful of industry players are hesitant to assign a role to a woman who is no more than four minutes older than their male counterpart, Bellucci is four years older than Craig.
Naturally, this MUST be talked about — the phenomenon! A woman playing the love interest of a man her own age, and that's not even the point of the plot.
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RedBulletin magazine asked Craig about "succumbing to the charms of an older women." Our response: we want to know what that even means? But Craig handled it perfectly.
"I think you mean the charms of a woman [Bond's] own age," he replied.
Craig elaborated, "We're talking about Monica Bellucci, for heaven's sake. When someone like that wants to be a Bond girl, you just count yourself lucky!"
No wonder Daniel Craig makes such a trustworthy spy - he always knows exactly how to handle a precarious situation... and an ageist question.
Spectre is in theaters November 6.