Before even a millimeter film of the new season of The Crown has been shown, the controversy surrounding the Netflix series is growing by the day. Celebrated James Bond icon Judi Dench throws a new bat in the henhouse and demands that Netflix post a disclaimer: “Cruel and harmful sensationalism”.
Fans of the series have been pining for the first trailer of The Crown. But despite the lack of images, there is no shortage of drama.
The next two seasons will therefore be about what was probably the most difficult period in the life of the British monarch. Not only will Diana’s death be discussed in detail, but Prince Philip’s alleged extramarital escapades and Prince Charles’ cover-up plot to dethrone the Queen prematurely have already calmed the mood.
Reason enough for James Bond legend Judi Dench to sound the alarm.
James Bond actress Judi Dench on The Crown
In an open letter to the British quality newspaper The Times Dame Dench is concerned about the thin line between fact and fiction on which The Crown is dancing.
“The closer the drama gets to the current era, the more The Crown is guilty of crossing the line between historical accuracy and blunt sensationalism,” she points out. “No one believes in artistic freedom more than I do, but I can’t just let this pass,” he continues.
Judi Dench has achieved nobility thanks to her legendary role as M in eight (!) James Bond films, so it’s not surprising that she feels the need to step in for her royal blue-blooded colleagues.
“The hurtful allusions in the series are both very cruel to the individuals involved, and very damaging to the institutions they stand for.” According to the former James Bond actress, the streaming service must take action.
“The time has come for Netflix to introduce a disclaimer. As a mark of respect for the family of a recently deceased monarch who has dutifully served her people for 70 years. Then they might be able to save their reputation in the eyes of the British public.” What now Netflix?
Netflix does not worry about disclaimer
According to The Times Buckingham Palace deliberately keeps very aloof, but are they concerned in royal circles about the effect of The Crown on the reputation of King Charles. The British royal family also wants to see a disclaimer introduced.
However, Netflix is holding its ground. “The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events. The fifth season is a fictional dramatization that attempts to imagine what happened behind closed doors during this significant decade for the royal family. In doing so, we have based ourselves on the work of many journalists, biographers and historians,” said a spokesperson for the streaming service. No disclaimer for now so at The Crown.
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In anticipation of the fifth season, you can already meet the new cast of The Crown. Or check out why season four was also fraught with controversy.
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