If you are familiar with the Bond movies you know about Bond Girls, the women who play the love interest or femme fatale of the titular character. Now these women are usually played by a younger and upcoming actress, despite the current Agent 007 being 48. Daniel Craig, who plays Bond, has called out against this act of gender double standard and ageism. In film older actresses are being shunned and younger women get paired up with men beyond their midlife. Most of these actors are in age appropriate relationships but then we choose to project them with someone half their age. I’ve already discussed how women already don’t get the best roles in film and called out how they should be offered better protagonist roles. It seems to happen in nearly every movie with a romance.
“It is true that women reach a certain age when people decide that they’re not useful anymore as actors. There are a few significant theatrical roles that they might be viable for. That’s not fair, it’s not right, it’s not a proper reflection of what goes on in life.” – Peter Capaldi
Some people are actively fighting this sexism, like Ryan Murphy who said: “I feel like it’s ridiculous that women over 40 aren’t working.” and has gone out of his way to create shows like Feud and purposely including them in his projects like American Horror Story.
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