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James Bond: heroic spy or womanizing killer?
Renew America ^ | 11-25-12 | Matt C. Abbott

Posted on 11/26/2012 8:06:12 PM PST by ReformationFan

Yes, there are far more pressing matters in the world than the escapades of the fictional 007, but, hey, if the Vatican's official newspaper can devote five articles to the latest James Bond flick, I don't feel too guilty devoting one measly column to it.

I've always had an aversion to the James Bond character, and I suppose it has more to do with the fact that he's a glorified womanizing/fornicating spy who will kill at the drop of a hat versus a chaste spy who will "merely injure" at the drop of a hat.

To me, the Bond movies' villains are only slightly less moral than the supposed protagonist: Bond...James Bond. Thus, I feel no sympathy for 007; I don't root for him. I don't care if he gets hurt. I know he's not going to die at the end; there is, after all, too much money invested in the Bond franchise for that to happen.

I haven't seen all the Bond movies; only four (I think) in their entirety, including the latest, Skyfall, plus scenes from a couple of others. Mostly forgettable for me. But L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official newspaper, loves Skyfall.

From Reuters:

If anyone thinks the Vatican newspaper is still a staid broadsheet that publishes only religious news and harsh papal edicts, consider this ... it ran not one but five articles about the new James Bond film.

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Religion; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: abbott; bond; bondjamesbond; jamesbond; mattcabbott; vatican
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To: ReformationFan

it is the best song from a-ha i’ve run across so far.

21 posted on 11/26/2012 9:53:19 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

Gotcha. My bad...

22 posted on 11/26/2012 9:55:58 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: DesertRhino
A “chaste spy”? lol

A real spy, as opposed to a fictional creation such as James Bond, does not attract attention to him/her self and his/her activities. That should include such things as not complicating their objectives with such things as extraneous sexual activities. So, unless it absolutely mission essential, a chaste spy would be preferred by real professionals rather than someone of "Bond's" ilk...

the infowarrior

23 posted on 11/27/2012 1:59:04 AM PST by infowarrior
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To: GSP.FAN; Guenevere; SJSAMPLE; Larry Lucido; fieldmarshaldj; Clemenza; Impy; archivist007; ...
I am not sure if he is referring to the literary Bond, but I will discuss the literary Bond:

1. Bond is not a spy, he does not work for MI6. There over 13 references in the novels to Bond working at the Ministry of Defence, MI6 is part Foreign Affairs not MoD. Therefore Bond could never have worked for MI6.

2. Bond is not a killer, yes he is licenced to kill, but in the novels he did not kill that often. Like Fleming, he disliked killing in cold blood.

3. Bond is not a womanizer per se. Yes he is a "warm blooded heterosexual man", but ithe novels he never manipulated woman except for only one time in Thunderball.

24 posted on 11/27/2012 3:51:05 AM PST by Perdogg (Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA4) for President 2016)
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To: ReformationFan
The Bond books and movies share only a passing resemblance. The most faithful screen adaptation happens to rank last among audiences, On Her Majesty's Secret Service.

The Bond of the books has a conscience. He doesn't enjoy his vodka martinis as much as pound them in an effort to anesthetize himself. His frequent showers suggest, at least to this reader, an attempt to cleanse his guilt a la Lady Macbeth.

I had high hopes for the re-boot with Daniel Craig. I naively believed we'd get faithful adaptions of Fleming's excellent novellas. Silly me.

25 posted on 11/27/2012 4:17:06 AM PST by Oratam
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To: Perdogg

I didn’t know that, (#1) I wonder why they made him MI6 in the movies.

26 posted on 11/27/2012 4:48:20 AM PST by Impy (Boehner for President - 2013)
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To: Oratam

Fleming got me to read in 1964. Voracious ever since.

27 posted on 11/27/2012 4:56:41 AM PST by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: ReformationFan

The problem is the Bond personna was all about one man daring to confront evil, daring to fight corruption, daring to twart mad men and any goal of world wide domination.

Which is fine when you live in fantasy land, the reality is this, Bond should be addressing realty.

Make the next Bond movie about him removing a Manchurian candidate from Washington DC. About him finding real documentation of an usurper, the facts of who was behind him all along, the adventure of Bond fighting Acorn Agents.

This is realty, give Bond the ultimate mission much like going after SPECTRE or Dr. No.

28 posted on 11/27/2012 5:03:12 AM PST by Eye of Unk (A Civil Cold War in America is here, its already been declared.)
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