This is a list about Bond, James Bond.
In 1952 a writer/Naval Intelligence Officer named Ian Fleming sat down by a typewriter in Jamaica to write a spy novel. The character was supposed to be an outlet for his own demons (as any good literary character should be). Little did Fleming know that his own personal struggles with life, women and a world beyond his control were really universal problems that would later captivate the entire world. These stories were destined to be told through the most important medium of the 21st Century, the medium of the motion picture.
Fleming really tapped into something human with his books and the films would take those words even further. His Secret agent 007 would become a cultural lens we would use to understand the evil that surrounds us. This is the evil that occurs when people want too much. When lustful appetites get out of hand, men want gold, women want diamonds and the world truly is not enough. Bond is the perfect counterbalance to this. His is an individual with the same appetites but he is able to overcome this lust in order to serve the greater good. It’s like the old saying “It takes one to know one.”
007 has taken many forms over the years. He has gone from 1960’s sexist super-spy to the “Blonde Bond” who defends the world from a faceless enemy in a post 9-11 world. He is like the ultimate, realistic, larger-than-life comic book character — I recall going to see Skyfall with some of my friends and there is one shot at the end of the film which reminded me of a familiar image of Batman.
Bond has always had an audience because his stories are always a David and Goliath battle, one man (James) who is up again insurmountable odds (SPECTRE or some other powerful terrorist individual). In a James Bond film, the individual uses his wits to outsmart and overcome an overconfident system of terror/danger.
The MI-6 agent with the “license to kill” will continue to appeal to us because he gives us hope. Whenever we watch one of his adventures, we are given encouragement. We hope that by beating our own demons we can focus on something greater than our own selfishness and petty problems. If given the chance, we will one day be willing to put it all on the line to save someone else. That is the really the epiphany of the true hero: self-sacrifice for the greater good.
The following is a list of my favorite James Bond films (from best to worst)…Read less