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One Director Says ‘James Bond’ Films Need More Sex

Published on April 12th, 2022 | Updated on April 12th, 2022 | By FanFest

Paul Verhoeven, director of sexy classics such as Basic Instinct and Showgirls, strongly feels that Hollywood is getting less sexy and pointed to the James Bond franchise as his prime example.

In an interview with The Times, Verhoeven said that today’s Hollywood doesn’t make the movies that he did and his famous films, like Basic Instinct, wouldn’t get made in today.

“Sex is the essence of existence. Without it, there are no species anymore. So why is that a big secret? There is a new purity. Sexuality has been moved out of movies. In the 1970s you could talk about it. But you arrive now, decades later, and those movies are not possible anymore. It would be very difficult to make a film like Showgirls or Basic Instinct now.”

Verhoeven felt strongly that the James Bond isn’t what it used to be without sex.

Bond used to be far more sexual and there was many more “Bond Girls” in the older films – including names that were sexualized. The director said:

“[It’s about] crashing and blowing up. Sometimes these movies are fun, but the narrative tells you nothing about us now. I don’t see any other thought in Marvel or Bond movies. There was always sex in Bond! They did not show a breast, or whatever. But they had some sex. I’d go back to reality. Cars that don’t leap up into the sky.”

Verhoeven has been claiming this for some time now. In 2016, while speaking to iNews, Verhoeven said that American theaters are too tight on what can be shown to audiences:

“If you say it has to be PG-13, there are a lot of things you cannot do. You cannot be provocative, you cannot be controversial, you cannot be sexual, erotic, in a direct way.”

What do you think? Has Hollywood gotten less sexual? What about James Bond? Let us know in the comments below!

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