James Bond: Action Hero or Suave Spy?

Article by guest writer Dr. Young Gun

With the new release of Skyfall, the 23rd official James Bond movie, due in November of this year, I started thinking of what I hoped it would be. Is James Bond an action hero or suave spy…?

These thoughts took me back 15 years to when I was five. Goldeneye was released into theaters as well as the infamous video game that has since pushed many friendships to point break. These two media were my first exposure to the wonderful world of James Bond: 007. Through my teens when I learned what women were, I became obsessed with 007 and have since watched all of them multiple times each. From Connery to Craig, Bond was a man’s man.

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However, the more I compared the old to the new I found that not only were they becoming less popular, they were also becoming less manly. Causation or chance? Regardless, Bond was losing his manhood due to political correctness. They began to rob 007 of his stogies, of his suaveness, of his proper nemeses, and of his popularity to fans.

Somewhere during Pierce Brosnan’s stint as Bond, the production staff began to shift 007 into the role of an action hero. I love explosions as much as the next man, but save them for The Expendables II. Sure, a well- timed bomb is still appreciated when Sean Connery overloads Dr. No’s base with raw atomic power, but they were secondary back then. All the sudden, 007 stopped infiltrating Russian networks and began taking on small armies, with great success.

This just isn’t the way Bond works; he sneaks in, sleeps with 2-3 women (only one in the newest Quantum of Solace, which is an outrage in itself), gets what he wants, sets the base’s self-destruct code, and escapes in an Astin Martin with the girl. All the while he’s drinking his weight in vodka martini’s, ensuring that cigarette smoke is the only gas in his lungs, and making puns about how Bloefeld branched off as he got stuck in a tree. So, let me be the first man to say bring back the Bond we love, the one who wasn’t afraid to get some flak (pun).

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Trust me. I’m almost a doctor.

-Dr. Young Gun, Mandependence Guest Author

4 Responses to “James Bond: Action Hero or Suave Spy?”

  • Big Al: March 26, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    A big Manly Salute to Dr. Young Gun for writing this badass article. I’m all about the Bond action as much as the next guy, but I’m with Dr. Young Gun on bringing back the Bond who drank his weight in vodka martinis. I’m hoping Skyfall will give us a healthy dose of action but inject Bond’s lost manly “coolness.”

  • Derrick Fish: April 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    So, in this article, you mention that Bond’s become “less popular”. How do you figure? The box office takes of the current films are very impressive and have been gaining over the years. Even adjusted for inflation, the latest films rank high. “Casion Royale” ranks 9th highest on the all time, adjusted for inflation list to “Dr. No’s” 17.

  • Dr. Young Gun: April 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Well Dr. No was the first James Bond, so the precedent was set with this film. I saw the figure you looked at at http://boxofficemojo.com/franchises/chart/?id=jamesbond.htm and adjusted for ticket prices 4 of the top 5 were all made prior to 1980. My opinion is that the trend began changing more towards the mid to late 80′s during Roger Moore’s final movies like A View to a Kill and when Timothy Dalton began with The Living Daylights. That’s just how I looked at the evidence! Thanks for reading!

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