James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has revealed she had to fight to keep the moment in which 007 hints at having had a gay experience in Skyfall.
After being bound to a chair, Bond is caressed and told by Silva: ‘You’re trying to remember your training now. What’s the regulation to cover this? Well, first time for everything I guess.’
Bond responds: ‘What makes you think this is my first time?’
With the line seeming to imply that the secret agent had gay encounters in the past, producer Barbara revealed: ‘I remember we were told to cut that line by the studio and we said no, no, no. We resisted.’
She added in the new Apple TV documentary Being James Bond that her decision was vindicated by the reaction at the premiere.
Barbara Broccoli said she had to fight to keep the scene in (Picture: Getty Images)
‘The night of the premiere, that line, just the whole place rocked it then … I remember looking at the studio executive [and] going, “See, told you.”‘
Director Sir Sam Mendes added of the iconic moment: ‘I think there’s a huge homoerotic undertow in a lot of Bond movies.’
The next film, No Time To Die, will be Daniel’s final outing as 007, and will finally hit cinemas this month after a string of delays.
No Time To Die will be Daniel’s final outing as 007 (Picture: PA)
It has been six years since the release of the last Bond film Spectre, and the 25th film in the franchise was initially set for release in late 2019, before Danny Boyle left the project and was replaced by director Cary Joji Fukunaga.
No Time To Die was then supposed to be released in April 2020, but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and a November 2020 date was also postponed.
The 53-year-old has played Bond in four films so far – Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre – and had initially planned to step down before signing on to No Time To Die.
James Norton, Henry Golding and Rege-Jean Page are among those rumoured to be taking over as the secret agent for the next round of films.
No Time To Die is set for release on September 30.