Skyfall; James Bond’s Bi Moment
By the time you read this review, ‘Skyfall’ will have broken box office records and minted millions for its studios. Movie critics have practically peed themselves while praising this 23rd installment of the Bond franchise. But audiences are divided.
Some are grumbling that there aren’t enough money shots - scenes of things blowing up mixed with scenes of buxom women wearing bikinis that leave nothing to the imagination. ‘Skyfall’ is not for those expecting an overdose of testosterone.
And then there are those, like me, vibrating with the satisfaction of having seen the best Bond film in years because its intelligence is the sexiest thing about it.
This Bond is also not the Bond of years past when he captured and overpowered his female prey into steamy sex scenes. Instead, this Bond lures you into a sort of modern eroticism …
But this Bond also springs a sexual surprise, a first to my knowledge and memory of Bond movies. In that scene when he first meets Silva, Bond hints that he may have had a sexual encounter or two with other men. Silva comes on to Bond, big time. When he goads Bond with the line, “There’s a first time for everything” Bond calmly retorts, “What makes you think this is my first time?” Is this Bond’s coming out as bisexual? This thread of the storyline doesn’t really go anywhere but we can hope that the “Bond girl” in the next installment is actually a man. (via Bi Magazine)
Anil Vora reviews from the perspective of a queer man and a person of color. It helps him cut through a lot of bulls**t that movies try to spoon feed their audience. He has reviewed movies for GayRadio.com and written a blog. He is also an actor, playwright, and a lifelong fan and expert on Bollywood films.