‘Bond’ Producer Urged to Help Monkeys Named After Iconic Film Characters

For Immediate Release:

18 June 2020


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‘Bond’ Producer Urged to Help Monkeys Named After Iconic Film Characters

PETA Pleads on Behalf of ‘Goldfinger’ and Others Whose Brains Are Cut Up in NIH Laboratories

London – PETA is calling on James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli to condemn the US National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) “psychology experiments” on monkeys, in which animals named after Goldfinger, Oddjob, Jaws, Le Chiffre, and other Bond villains are mutilated, tormented, and killed.

In its letter to Broccoli, PETA explains that experimenters – purportedly studying human psychiatric disorders – saw open the skulls of these monkeys, suck out bits of their brains or inject toxins into them, and place them alone inside a small metal cage and deliberately frighten them with rubber snakes and spiders. Eventually, they’re killed. These experiments have received more than US$36 million in taxpayer funding over the past 13 years alone, even though they’ve never led to the development of a single treatment for humans.

“We doubt that Barbara Broccoli would want James Bond implicated in NIH’s monkey-torment tests,” says PETA US Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “NIH tortures monkeys and tarnishes the film franchise, and we urge her to call on the agency to stop acting like a Bond villain where these monkeys are concerned.”

Bill Maher and Anjelica Huston previously teamed up with PETA US to speak out against the “monkey fright experiments”, and many other stars – including Kevin Nealon, Casey Affleck, James Cromwell, and Edie Falco – have joined the group and its affiliates to speak out against animal testing.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to experiment on” – opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview.

The letter is available upon request. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or click here.