Daniel Craig hits back at sexist aging double standard

The James Bond actor addressed Hollywood's ageist double standards in a recent interview.

It's common in Hollywood to see leading men age gracefully while the female leads are encouraged to remain as young as possible.

So when Daniel Craig was asked by a Red Bulletin reporter how he felt about "succumbing to the charms of an older woman", referring to his Spectre love interest actress Monica Bellucci, 51, who is only four years older, Daniel called rubbish on this.

"I think you mean the charms of a woman his own age," Daniel, 47, responded. "We're talking about Monica Bellucci, for heaven's sake. When someone like that wants to be a Bond girl, you just count yourself lucky!"

While the age gap between Daniel and Monica is quite small, age disparities between male and female leads are considered par for the course in such an industry. 

Writer for Vulture, Kyle Buchanan suggested that "it seems time and time again, male movie stars are allowed to age into their forties, fifties and even sixties, while the ages of their female love interests remain firmly on one side of the big 4-0."

Daniel also shared some truths in the Red Bulletin interview on the subject of Bond's reputation as an expert "with the ladies". 

"Let's not forget that he's actually a misogynist," he told the publication. "A lot of women are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long."

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