Watch Sam Taylor-Wood's video for International Women's Day
James Bond undergoes a dramatic female makeover in a new short film commissioned for International Women’s Day.
The two-minute short sees Daniel Craig‘s womanising super-spy challenged to consider gender equality by MI5 boss M, as played by Judi Dench in the recent movies.
It was directed by acclaimed artist and Nowhere Boy director Sam Taylor-Wood and scripted by Kick-Ass writer Jane Goldman.
Watch it by scrolling down and clicking below.
In the video M challenges 007 with the question: “For someone with such a fondness for women, I wonder if you’ve ever considered what it means to be one?” Bond then appears in a blonde wig and dress as M lists a series of brutal statistics relating to pay inequality, sexual assault and treatment in the workplace.
Taylor-Wood said: “Bond is challenged by M to think about gender inequality, and I hope that the film encourages viewers to do the same. Despite great advances in women’s rights, statistics show that when it comes to the balance of power between the sexes, equality is far from being a global reality.”
She added: “As M reminds Bond, facing up to gender issues and the sometimes covert nature of sexism in the 21st century is something that we all have to recognise, confront and challenge.”
The short was commissioned by the EQUALS coalition of charities and organisations brought together by Annie Lennox to heighten the call for gender equality. It will be screened in cinemas as well as online.