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I can't seem to find the reference, but I recall reading an essay or article once about how Bond really is a big mess of a spy: uses his own name, announces himself and makes himself a target, and is generally too loud to be a "secret" agent. It's an analysis that has underscored many of the arguments that Bond is a codename passed down from agent to agent, a role played by men over time, thus attempting to explain the changes in actors, ability, and tone. Still others have used this to create fiction where Bond -- or a Bond analogue -- is a bumbling distraction while the real agents get the job done while he draws fire. Ostensibly ludicrous, it does help explain why his primary method of investigation seems to be, "I'll show up, let everyone know I'm here, and see who shoots at me."
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2013 on James Bond, bungler at Some Came Running
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Oct 15, 2013