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Yutaの関心事は言語表現によってどんなイメージが引き起こされるか、なので、ついつい変な深掘りをしてしまいます。ネイティブだったら自然と浮かぶ情景も外国語学習者には難しい状況が多々あります。今回はこの記事のタイトル。

Issued on: 24/09/2021 - 04:10

The latest James Bond movie gets its world premiere next week, nearly six years after the last film in the storied franchise and an 18-month delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

British royalty and pandemic heroes have been invited to London's Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday to watch "No Time To Die", the 25th instalment of the popular spy saga.

The film is expected to be Daniel Craig's last appearance as 007. Three previously scheduled premieres -- in March and November 2020, and this April -- were all cancelled.

この記事は度重なる延期の後にようやく上映することができることを示していますが、We’ve been expecting you, Mr Bondでどんな情景が浮かびましたか? 動画にあるような猫を撫でている悪役が想像できましたか?



こちら風刺漫画の例にもそのような情景が描かれています。下のYoutube動画でも一般人によるパロディを紹介しています。動画の目的はよくある実はボンドの映画ではそんなセリフがなかったことを示すものですが。。。



記事タイトルがたまにピンとこないのがあるのも、このようなイメージを援用している場合があるからです。雑誌Economistはよくやります。例えば今回のケースでも、次のようなタイトルでした。MrではなくMsとなっているところもポイントです。次の007は黒人や女性が演じるのではという憶測を取り上げたものです。

Resistance to a female or black 007 mistakes the kind of character Bond is
Oct 15th 2021

Funny business, the suspension of disbelief. Some disbeliefs are more suspendable than others. In six decades on screen, James Bond has been played by seven actors. He has barely aged. He has hopscotched on the backs of crocodiles, surfed a tsunami and enjoyed a run of enemies who, after capturing him, go in for windy pontification and needlessly elaborate murder methods. These violations of the laws of probability and physics have not disenchanted his fans.

But faith, it seems, has limits. The idea that, after Daniel Craig’s swansong in “No Time To Die”, the role might go to a black or female actor has caused outrage in the Bondosphere. No, Mr Bond, runs the gist of the objections; we expect you to be a white guy.

アクション満載の映画のボンドは当初から原作の小説とはかけ離れていることをまず指摘しています。

Go further back, to Bond’s first entrance in “Casino Royale”, Ian Fleming’s novel of 1953, and the character is only dimly recognisable. The original Bond was an appalling misogynist, and not just compared with Mr Craig’s. “Women were for recreation,” Fleming’s protagonist thinks. “On a job, they got in the way and fogged things up with sex and hurt feelings.” Conversely, whereas the Bond of “No Time To Die” blithely kills hundreds of people, the original is oddly passive. Most of the violence in the book is perpetrated against his testicles, which Le Chiffre, the baddie, thrashes with a carpet-beater.

The man himself spends a lot of time planning what to eat and drink. Fleming didn’t conceive of him as the action hero he would become. No, he expected Bond to dine.

そこから、ダニエル・クレイグもこれまでのボンド像とは違っていたことも指摘し、そもそもボンドはa set of references that migrate between stories and eras, shifting and sometimes expendable, unmoored from both their source material and previous incarnationsなのだから黒人でも女性でもあって然るべきだと述べています。

 All the same, resistance to a female or non-white star is premised on a mistake—not about the culture wars but about the kind of character 007 is. Bond is not like Atticus Finch or Don Draper; he does not have a psychological essence or inviolable core. He is more like the recurring archetypes in medieval morality plays or the commedia dell’arte—a set of references that migrate between stories and eras, shifting and sometimes expendable, unmoored from both their source material and previous incarnations. Bond is less a person than an outline.

これも、冷静で突き放して分析するものが多いEconomistの特徴がわかる記事となっています。

007のプロデューサーは女性が007になることは否定的なようです。



 “James Bond is a male character.

“I hope that there will be many, many films made with women, for women, by women, about women.

“I don’t think we have to take a male character and have a woman portray him.

James Bond is a male character.とだけ聞くと男性優位思想な気がしてしまいますが、その後の話を聞けば、単に男性の主人公を女性に置き換えるようなことで女性進出とする安易さに否定的だとみるべきのようです。その辺を掘り下げているのがこちら。

The actor who challenges Daniel Craig for the biggest role in ‘No Time to Die’ talks to Annabel Nugent about shooting 007, online abuse, the importance of her Jamaican heritage and her role in debbie tucker green’s searing new drama
Saturday 09 October 2021 06:45

It’s time for the obvious question, the answer to which makes people either angry, hopeful, or increasingly apathetic about the whole perennial debate. Should the Bond mantle be passed on to a woman? The more important question, answers Lynch, is “when do we give a woman the lead of her own franchise?” The actor is thankful that conversations like this one are happening – that Jodie Whittaker stars in Doctor Who, for example. “But if we constantly say, ‘Woman, you are now taking over a man’s role’ instead of establishing our own rightful position in this space then we are not doing right by our sex.”

Lynch continues, “And we’re teaching our young girls that we can only be a replacement, that we are not good enough to have our own space, which is bizarre to me and also a real mind…” She stops in her tracks and laughs. It’s clear she’s a mum well-rehearsed in the art of cutting off a profanity. “It’s a mind-mess that I don’t want to teach my daughter, nor will I. I don’t know why we’re being so complacent in these conversations. I think it’s lazy for us to think a woman can just take over a role and feel like that’s good enough.”

Yutaとしては最新作を見てみて、007に期待しているのはシリアスなストーリーではなく、冒頭のようなクールでかっこいいアクションなんだなと思ってしまいました。

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