One of the most iconic, cool, cocky, confident, competent, fashionable, well mannered, ultimate protagonist and psychopathic characters has to be James Bond. Created by the author Ian Fleming and further developed by the over two decades now perseverance of the Broccoli family of American film producer Albert R Broccoli. The first Bond film “Dr. No” was released (1962) when I was four years old and I’ve been hooked ever since, and have read all of Fleming’s books, and some of the books that have been written since his passing, by new authors that are carrying on the Bond folklore. President John F. Kennedy was also a James Bond fan, and watched a preview screening of “From Russia with Love” at the White House on November 21st, 1963. He was killed the next day in Dallas.
The following is based on the combined facts of Bond, in literature and filmdom, with a “wee bit of artistic wherewithal”, said of course in a Scottish accent.
James Bond was born in Germany to a Scottish father, Andrew Bond of Glencoe, Scotland and Swiss mother, Monique Delacroix, and spent much of his first ten years abroad, as his father was a Vickers armaments company representative. Bond became multilingual in German and French at an early age. Sadly his parents were both killed in a mountain climbing accident that orphaned him at age 11. Bond goes to live with his aunt, Miss Charmian Bond, in the village of Pett Bottom, Kent, England, where he completes his early education, and on a holiday to Paris when he was sixteen years old, supposedly loses his virginity. Through his childhood, he and his aunt would spend time each year at Skyfall, the Bond family estate in the Scottish Highlands. He briefly attended Eton College, but graduates from Fettes Collage in Scotland.
Enlisting in the British Navy as a commando, he participated in an unknown number of clandestine foreign military engagements, eventually becoming a Royal Naval Reserve Commander. In his early twenties (some have suggested when he was twenty years old) he applied and was accepted to join the British intelligence division of MI6 as an agent. Eventually he became one of 15 agents to earn the designation double O, meaning they had a license to kill, or as Bond himself has said, “it means that you’ve had to kill a chap in cold blood in the course of some assignment.” Bond’s “00” designation (007) was awarded to him because he killed two men during the course of fulfilling his first few assignments.
Because of his usual saving the world daring do, Bond is well known to the underworld especially his nemesis, the criminal syndicate SPECTRE (Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism Revenge and Extortion), so every so often, Bond gets a face replacement. To further the secrecy and stealth needed to carry on such heroic and often insane actions as he does. Although that balloon is always pierced by Bond himself by having the manner of a true psychopath and declaring his name out loud and upon introduction, each time he meets a bad guy. He even emphasizes it, “Bond… James Bond”. Another give-away could be his penchant for a well cut tuxedo. To-date Bond has had seven face transplants, and still looks good. Rumour has it that in a few years Bond will be undergoing not only another face transplant but a skin transplant as well, for a mission, which as of yet, remains undisclosed.
Often laughing hysterically when being tortured, Bond has a wit about him, especially after many of his kills. He is a master of the one-liner, and is probably why he likes bars and interacting with other psychopaths, while his card game of chance is baccarat and not poker.
Early in his career he was a very heavy smoker, averaging about 60 custom-made cigarettes a day (3 packs) but by the time of the “Die Another Day” mission, he had cut it down to the occasional cigar. Since, Bond has been able to quit cigarettes altogether. Good for him I say.
While being filmed, Bond has a drink, on average, every 10 minutes, 53 seconds. His drink of choice, the Vesper; three measures of Gordon’s Gin, one of Vodka, and half a measure of the wine-based aperitif Kina Lillet, shaken and not stirred, until its ice cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel, and served in a deep champagne goblet. Of course expensive wine, scotch and champagne are also equally enjoyed, especially if some caviar happens to be lying around. It was estimated that his weekly alcohol consumption is five times the recommended amount. Coincidently perhaps, a Vesper martini has approximately 130 calories, which on average is what men burn during sex.
Over his career, Bond has slept with some of the most beautiful women in the world, with many of them the most beautiful of their era, the lucky duck. Bond has been married but once, to Tracy Bond, formerly Contessa Teresa di Vicenzo (Dianne Rigg), but who was sadly killed on their wedding day. His little black book includes the women, Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress), Anya Amasova (Barbarah Bach), Plenty O’Toole (Lana Wood), Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland), Solitaire (Jane Seymour), Jinx (Halle Barry) and the Japanese secret service agent Kissy Suzuki (Mie Hama), who would be the only woman to bear his child. Bond has had an estimated 78 sexual encounters over his career so far, but actually has had sex with only 55 of them. Unfortunately 75% of the women he sleeps with attempt to kill him, and that one of every three women he beds dies.
Besides driving an Aston Martin or a Bentley, Bond’s favorite weapon is the Walther PPK, the same handgun Hitler used to off himself. To-date Bond has over 378 kills, and cause for nearly 1,000 collateral damage deaths. The flip side is that over the 23 films to-date, Bond has been shot at over 5,000 times.
A clinical psychologist would have a field day with Bond.