Some of the greatest nights I remember as a kid growing up involved a delicious dinner, often with family and friends, but the very best and most memorable ones always ended with my Dad and I putting on a James Bond movie. The larger than life adventures of legendary Agent 007 in his battle of good versus evil have entertained and inspired generations through years of peace and war. The question remains: Does the world still need James Bond?
An Ian Fleming creation of the Cold War era, the record-setting legacy of James Bond has included 22 films over the time period of fifty years. Whether you envision a gray Aston Martin thundering down an English country road or rather a Vodka martini, shaken, not stirred to accompany a high stakes poker game, there is no denying that everything Bond does, he does so with dedication and ultimately for his country. Bond is stunningly able to maintain his cool when thrown into a shark pit or strapped below a laser beam because he takes the time to assess the situation, account for all possible options and then choose the most effective course of action to get the job done.
James Bond knows that his country is depending upon him, that failure is not an option. Therefore, he never gets caught up in the details, thinking of what he CAN’T do, but rather envisions where he WANTS to be and figures out WHAT it will take to get him there. Q branch may ensure that 007 is fitted with the best that technology has to offer but there is nothing mechanical about Bond, no instinct that he shares with the common thug. The man, the legend is always able to straighten his tie, put on a grin and rise to the occasion, it is for this timeless quality he is admired and loved. His fictional excellence inspires individuals whose countries are at war and whose success it not guaranteed. Entertainment value aside, I believe James Bond has contributed greatly to business, government and society and look forward to the release of Skyfall on November 9th!