Ralph Fiennes: Spectre is male escapism

British actor Ralph Fiennes has claimed that the new Bond movie 'Spectre' is "male escapism"

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Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes thinks 'Spectre' is "male escapism".

The British actor stars as M in the new Sam Mendes-directed movie and despite its universal appeal, Raplh thinks the Bond franchise deliberately taps into a particular mindset.

He shared: "It's such a guy thing in the end! I was taken to see a Bond film with my father when I was about eight or nine, and I thought it was fantastic. But I have a sense that my mother was exasperated that I found it interesting. It's just male escapism, male fantasy. I think it's best to not take it too seriously."

And although Ralph has praised the movie's director, he freely admits that the Bond franchise over-simplifies life.

He told the Guardian newspaper: "I do like the fact Sam has tried to root it in something real and relevant, but it doesn't bear very meticulous inspection. I like the principle.

"And it felt like quite a good line to say; that a licence to kill is also a licence not to kill. But the Bond films work on dialogue that you buy into at the moment because the real world is much more complex."

Spectre

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 148 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Stephanie Sigman
  • UK release: 26 October 2015

James Bond (Craig) comes up against a global crime syndicate, while back at home, the 00 programme is under threat from reckless moderniser C (Scott). With its swagger, dry humour and frequent, well-executed action it's a solid crowdpleaser, but the story is predictable, the characterisation is thin and overall it lacks…

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