Bond gets re­write

Co-star re­vises Quan­tum of So­lace se­duc­tion scene

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Gemma Arter­ton has rewrit­ten the sto­ry­line for her Bond girl char­ac­ter in new book Fem­i­nists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies).

In the 2008 James Bond film Quan­tum of So­lace, Daniel Craig ’s Bond se­duces Arter­ton’s char­ac­ter Straw­berry Fields and takes her back to his ho­tel room. He finds her dead the next day, killed by en­emy agents.

In Au­gust, Arter­ton re­vealed she had writ­ten an al­ter­na­tive sto­ry­line for Straw­berry, for which she said she could get “in so much trou­ble.” The piece, ti­tled Woke Bond Woman, has now been pub­lished in a new book of fem­i­nist es­says.

Her ver­sion is dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent, with Straw­berry re­but­ting Bond’s ad­vances, say­ing, “I’m not in­ter­ested in flirt­ing with you — I’m here to work.”

She also re­fuses to go up to his room. As Arter­ton writes: “‘No thank you,’ I say. Maybe he is at­trac­tive, but he’s at least 20 years older than me, we’ve only just met, he’s a col­league ...

“Plus this man has a rep­u­ta­tion. Don’t women who go up to his ho­tel room and sleep with him usu­ally die in some hor­rific yet iconic way? No, no. Not me.”

In the story, the Bri­tish spy calls her “up­tight” for turn­ing him down and claims he can help ad­vance her ca­reer, but Straw­berry says “No thank you” and walks out “un­harmed.”

Her story ap­pears to ref­er­ence al­le­ga­tions against pro­ducer Har­vey We­in­stein, whom mul­ti­ple woman have ac­cused of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing them in ho­tel rooms. He has de­nied all al­le­ga­tions of non­con­sen­sual sex.

Arter­ton, 32, told Cover Me­dia in Au­gust, “I’ve writ­ten this short story, which I could get in so much trou­ble for. It’s called Woke Bond Woman and it’s about what my Bond girl should have done, but it’s re­ally funny.”

Fem­i­nists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies) also fea­tures con­tri­bu­tions by ac­tresses Keira Knight­ley, Saoirse Ro­nan, Karen Gil­lan, and Jameela Jamil.

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Gemma Arter­ton

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