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James Bond producer admits homoerotic Skyfall scene was almost left on the cutting room floor

The bi who loved me: James Bond producer Barbra Broccoli admits homoerotic Skyfall scene was almost left on the cutting room floor after objections from studio executives

  • A controversial scene in one of the franchise’s most successful films cast an ambiguous shadow over his sexual identity
  • The scene won praise at the time in its attempt to alter the otherwise chauvinistic male stereotype characterised by Bond
  • But Broccoli admits studio executives balked at the idea of Bond having a more fluid sexual identity in the 2012 box office smash 
  • Daniel Craig’s forthcoming final James Bond film could see him outgun Sean Connery as the most successful 007 star for box-office takings


James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli claims studio executives were left shaken and stirred after a controversial scene in one of the franchise’s most successful films cast an ambiguous shadow over his sexual identity.  

It all starts in typically inauspicious fashion, with the secret agent – played on this occasion by Daniel Craig – tied to a chair after being captured by MI5 turncoat Raoul Silva in 2012 smash Skyfall. 

But instead of torture, Bond is surprisingly tantalized as Silva – played by Spanish actor Javier Bardem – caresses his exposed chest and rubs his inner-thighs, an unexpected move that appears to hint at a past same-sex encounter. 

Provocative: James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli claims studio executives were left shaken and stirred after a controversial scene in 2012 film Skyfall cast an ambiguous shadow over his sexual identity

‘You’re trying to remember your training now. What’s the regulation to cover this? Well, first time for everything I guess,’ Silva gently goads as the helpless Bond watches his hands move across his captive body. 

‘What makes you think this is my first time?’ Bond replies, surprising his adversary. 

The scene, a clever ploy seemingly written into the script to satisfy a new generation of fans, won praise at the time in its attempt to alter the otherwise chauvinistic male stereotype characterised by notorious womaniser Bond in earlier films. 

Adversary: The scene hints at a past same-sex encounter after Bond is captured by Raoul Silva, played by Spanish actor Javier Bardem

Adversary: The scene hints at a past same-sex encounter after Bond is captured by Raoul Silva, played by Spanish actor Javier Bardem

But Broccoli admits the highly charged exchange very nearly stayed on the cutting room floor after studio executives balked at the idea of Bond having a more fluid sexual identity. 

‘We were told to cut that line by the studio and we said no, no, no,’ she recalled in new Apple TV+ documentary Being Bond. 

‘And I remember on the night of the premiere, that line, just the whole place erupted, and I remember looking at the studio executive and going: “See? Told you.”‘  

Old times: MI5 agent Bond has bedded a string of beautiful women, with his sexuality never in doubt until the inclusion of Skyfall's famous scene

Old times: MI5 agent Bond has bedded a string of beautiful women, with his sexuality never in doubt until the inclusion of Skyfall’s famous scene  

Daniel Craig’s forthcoming final James Bond film, the COVID-delayed No Time To Die, could see him outgun Sean Connery as the most successful 007 star for box-office takings.

Craig, 53, already holds the record as the Bond who had the most drinks and drove the most miles, but he will also take the crown as the highest-grossing 007 if No Time To Die rakes in £920 million or more after it is released this month.

Connery, the original Bond, played the spy in six official 007 films in the 1960s and 1970s which grossed £3.57 billion at the box office when adjusted for inflation.

Producers are hoping that this could be eclipsed by No Time To Die, which is being seen as the first major release since the pandemic forced audiences to stay away from cinemas.

The movie has its premiere on September 28.

Popular:  Daniel Craig's forthcoming final James Bond film, the COVID-delayed No Time To Die, could see him outgun Sean Connery (pictured) as the most successful 007 star for box-office takings

Popular:  Daniel Craig’s forthcoming final James Bond film, the COVID-delayed No Time To Die, could see him outgun Sean Connery (pictured) as the most successful 007 star for box-office takings

Coming soon: The new film, held back for more than a year due to the pandemic, will be released on September 28th

Coming soon: The new film, held back for more than a year due to the pandemic, will be released on September 28th

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