March 7, 2011 / 4:58 PM / in 7 years

Bond star Craig in drag for Women's Day film

LONDON (Reuters) - James Bond actor Daniel Craig has dressed in drag for a short film about sexual equality made to coincide with International Women’s Day on Tuesday.

<p>British actor Daniel Craig waves to Japanese fans as he arrives at the Japanese premiere for his latest James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace" in Tokyo November 25, 2008. REUTERS/Issei Kato</p>

The film, available on YouTube here is directed by "Nowhere Boy" film maker and artist Sam Taylor-Wood and features the voice of actress Judi Dench in the style of "M," her spymaster character in the Bond movie franchise.

The script asks a besuited Craig-as-Bond a series of questions about issues facing women including pay inequality and domestic violence.

Craig, who is silent throughout, then appears in a long blonde wig, knee-length dress and women’s shoes as Dench reads a list of statistics designed to underline the extra hurdles women face in today’s society.

“Bond is challenged by ‘M’ to think about gender inequality, and I hope that the film encourages viewers to do the same,” said Taylor-Wood.

“Despite great advances in women’s rights, statistics show that when it comes to the balance of power between the sexes, equality is far from being a global reality.”

Reporting by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Steve Addison

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