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James Bond’s Gay Hint Moment Was Almost Cut From Skyfall Because It Was 'Too Much'

We know that James Bond is a ladies' man, but did you know there is a scene in Skyfall that is labeled as 'too gay' and almost didn't make it to the film? 

By Ingrid Mateos


Skyfall (MGM)

Plain and simple, since he was created, James Bond is a womanizer no matter how you look at it or in which year you read this. The super-secret agent has had several 'Bond Girls' and as they say, his fame 'precedes him' however, did you know that certain scene was almost 'too gay' for the Bond franchise? The exchange of words is brief and made in less than 3 minutes, but until today it sparks some scandalous thoughts.

We are talking about Skyfall and the scene is where James Bond, played by Daniel Craig, and Raoul Silva, played by Javier Bardem, had some sexual tension on screen (actually you could cut the air with a knife) The scene in question showed Bond all tied up to a chair in front of Silva. While tied up, the movie's villain caressed the MI6 agent from his chest to his thighs as he said, "We are the last two rats. We can either eat each other or everyone else."


"You're trying to remember your training now. What's the regulation to cover this? Well, first time for everything I guess," Bardem's character continued as his hands found their way to Bond's thighs. "What makes you think this is my first time?" the British spy calmly asked.

Barbara Broccoli, the longtime James Bond franchise producer revealed in an Apple TV Special that the scene almost did not make it into the movie because it was 'too homoerotic.' “I remember we were told to cut that line by the studio. We said, ‘No, no, no.’ We resisted.” The decision obviously paid off. “I remember we were the night of the premiere, that line, just the whole place rocked it then with that line. I remember looking at the studio executive and going, 'See, told you,'" she added.

After the premiere of Skyfall back in 2012, the screenwriter John Logan"Sam and I were discussing, there were so many scenes where Bond goes mano-a-mano with the villain, whether it's Dr. No or Goldfinger or whatever, and there have been so many ways to do cat-and-mouse and intimidate Bond, and we thought, what would truly make the audience uncomfortable is sexual intimidation; playing the sort of homoerotic card that is sort of always there subtextually." spoke about it.

“Skyfall” director Sam Mendes added, “I think there’s a huge homoerotic undertow in a lot of Bond movies.” Craig and Bardem addressed the moment themselves in 2012 during an interview with Movieline. Craig said, “I don’t see the world in sexual divisions…Someone suggested that Silva may be gay. And I’m like, ‘I think he’ll fuck anything.'” Bardem added that Silva’s sexuality is “part of the game…[I]t was more about putting the other person in a very uncomfortable situation where even James Bond doesn’t know how to get out of it.”Bardem’s “main goal” for Silva was to create “uncomfortable situations” with any character he shared the screen with. “Within that, you can read anything that you want or wish,” the actor noted.

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Ingrid Mateos

I am an Entertainment news writer at Show News Today. I love all about movies, royalty, and pop culture but also enjoy writing about the latest celebrity gossip. I have a B.A in E.L.T and a diploma in Tourism Studies. When not working with words, you can probabaly find me watching BBC'S Sherlock for the umpteempth time or an old movie.

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