4. Nick Nack Paddy Whack (The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974)
1974’s The Man With the Golden Gun often comes off like a veritable greatest hits of shocking Bond moments that couldn’t be done today, from JW Pepper’s casually racist utterances to the total inanity of Mary Goodnight’s air-headed heroine, and the aforementioned violence towards Miss Anders.
The portrayal of Hervé Villechaize’s Nick Nack, of course, is one of the main culprits contributing to the film’s wholly un-PC reputation. Not only do characters frequently refer to him as a “midget”, but he disguises himself at one point by posing as a miniature garden statue. There’s certainly no shortage of jokes about Nick Nack’s diminutive stature.
While Nick Nack is sometimes written with respect, portrayed as a competent and cunning associate of Francisco Scaramanga, he also suffers the indignity of being vanquished by getting locked in a suitcase.This all comes after Roger Moore’s Bond breaks a chair and uses the frame to try and fish Nick Nack out from under a sofa, like an unwelcome pest.
Could it be done today? We’d stand a better chance of Peter Dinklage being cast as James Bond than seeing him shut in a suitcase.
Modern day PC version: Nick Nack would be the main villain, and have a worthy glorious death scene to befit that lofty status. Further, and even more crucially, the film’s dialogue would make no reference to his height.