Favorite films of the past that would be controversial today

New James Bond director compares Sean Connery's Bond to a sex offender

Stars Insider

21/12/21 | StarsInsider

MOVIES Curiosity

Many films can seem outdated because of how quickly technology has advanced, but even more interesting is looking at which films are outdated due to how our ethics have advanced. Have you tried revisiting an old favorite flick and suddenly felt very uncomfortable while watching it?

But don't be ashamed if you still love some of the movies that probably wouldn't get green-lit for production these days—not all of the movies are bad. Some may still be examples of fine film-making, and surely many of the riskier subjects were not intended with malice. But what people found perfectly acceptable a couple of decades ago can make the people of today sick to our stomachs.

One example is the James Bond franchise. Cary Fukunaga, the director of the most recent Bond film, 'No Time to Die,' has stated that the behavior of the beloved spy in some of the earlier movies is equal to sexual assault. Particularly, he says, in the movies where Sean Connery portrays James Bond, such as 'Goldfinger' (1964) and 'Thunderball' (1965). He referenced those movies in a recent interview, remembering a scene where Bond is more or less forcing himself on a woman even though she's protesting. "That wouldn't fly today," the director said. A further look shows that Connery's Bond displays such behavior in many of the classic movies, ignoring womens' rejections of his advances or even blackmailing them into sex.  

Click through to take a second look at some well-loved films of the past that are a little more than questionable by today's standards.

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