Masculinity in Bond Villains: The reference of homosexuality by ‘queer-coded’ male characters as a tool for violence and manipulation in 007 – does it have to be this way?

Screen shot from Skyfall (2012) directed by Sam Mendes, Eon Productions. Image features James Bond (Daniel Craig) and Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem).

In this blog, I will look at how queer-coded masculinity is portrayed in the villains in James Bond films Casino Royale (2006) directed by Martin Campbell and Skyfall directed by Sam Mendes (2012). In particular I will look at La Chiffre in Casino Royale (played by Mads Mikkelsen) and Raoul Silva in Skyfall (played by Javier Bardem). Focusing on the torture and interrogation scenes from these films, I will consider the significance of mockingly ‘queer-coded’ behaviour of the villains included in the films, such as innuendos and homosexual references used to torture and manipulate Bond (played by Daniel Craig).

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(2/9) ‘Pop Culture’

In this post, I share how I feel about (2/9) ‘Pop Culture,’ the second painting from the Bi in the 2000s™ illustrative series.

What inspired you to paint this painting?

I felt at the time at school, and still feel to a large extent, that popular culture has a huge influence on how we often view our own identity, particularly as a teenager and young adult. I chose to include the musical artist referenced in the painting as a historical reference, not an endorsement. In the late 2000s, certainly in the UK at the time, I was aware that there were a few (predominantly female musical artists) to ‘come out’ as either bisexual or pansexual. This painting represents the complete lack of awareness I had about bisexuality before this happened in the culture around me. I’m aware that not everyone will agree with this or relate to this, this is just from my own perspective, and I thought it was interesting to explore these themes in this painting.

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