Ralph Fiennes: Spectre is male escapism

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 October 2015
Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes

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

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."


  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 2h 28min
  • 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…