James Bond is no stranger to strong men strapping him down to a chair and having their way with him. In fact, nearly every Bond movie features a sadist who is obsessed with the super-spy and wants nothing more than to get his hands on him.
However, according to a new documentary on the iconic pop culture figure, one particular torture scene was almost deemed "too gay" to be included in the films.
In Skyfall, one such moment was particularly horny — and particularly gay. In the now-infamous scene from the 2012 film, Bond (Daniel Craig) gets strapped down to a chair by cyberterrorist Raoul Silva, played by Javier Bardem. Silva sits down across from Bond and starts to unbutton his shirt, stroke his neck and chest, and touch his thighs, saying that they can "eat each other, or eat everyone else."
"You’re trying to remember your training now, what's the regulation to cover this?" Silva asks Bond. "Well, there’s a first time for everything.”
The secret agent gets a smug look on his face and spits back, "What makes you think this is my first time?"
It’s an all-time classic James Bond scene, and one that queer fans especially love. But, according to producer Barbara Broccoli, the scene was almost cut.
"We were told to cut that line by the studio and we said, 'no, no, no,'" Broccoli said in a scene from the new Apple TV+ documentary Being Bond. Apparently, executives were worried that it might tarnish Bond’s lady killer image.
"I remember on the night of the premiere, that line, just the whole place erupted," Broccoli continued. "And I remember looking at the studio executive and going: 'See? Told you.'"
Craig is set to appear for the last time as Bond in the upcoming No Time to Die. He’s been playing the role of the super spy since 2006.
No Time to Die, which also stars Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, and Lashana Lynch, premieres in theaters on October 8 in the US.