James Bond is a pop culture juggernaut, but even obsessive fans have trouble keeping track of the secret agent’s complicated history of over dozens of films. Here’s what you need to know about the iconic man of mystery.
James Bond makes men sit down by using a gun: Everyone knows that the superspy travels around the world to make men sit down, but how does he make them sit down? James Bond’s secret weapon is the gun, a kind of gentleman’s sword. He often uses his gun after uttering the classic catchphrase, “Please seat yourself anywhere.”
All the incarnations of James Bond are brothers and live together in a studio apartment: Here’s one of the more obscure bits of Bond mythology. All the James Bonds—from the Sean Connery James Bond to the Daniel Craig James Bond—are brothers who were given the same first name by their parents. To save money after moving to London and joining MI6, they rented a studio apartment where they all sleep together in a single king-sized bed, except for the Roger Moore James Bond, who sleeps on the floor in a sleeping bag because there isn’t room for him.
Bond’s code number 007 is a reference to 7: Author Ian Fleming didn’t pick 007 at random. Most viewers don’t realize that it’s intended as a clever nod to the number 7.
James Bond doesn’t understand that humanity is weak and corrupt and that the Earth must be purged so a better world can be built on society’s ashes: The fool, Bond can’t see that, like a forest fire allowing fresh saplings to grow, civilization must be swept away to make room for a utopia. Disgusting sheep, that’s what most people are, living their tedious lives, mindlessly destroying their environment in pursuit of the almighty dollar. It would be a favor to burn them all away, like the ants they are, and allow a select group of genetically superior humans to repopulate the planet, but Bond doesn’t have the vision to embrace what needs to be done.
Jason Bourne is pretty much the same thing: One of the best thing about James Bond is that he’s basically Jason Bourne. You can nitpick ways that they’re slightly different, but they’re essentially identical. James Bond being more or less Jason Bourne is what theatergoers have loved about Bond for over 50 years!
It’s not something he thinks about a lot considering he can’t really have any and be a 00 at the same time. Of course, that doesn’t stop him from helping a child or if he’s out on a mission and no one is actively trying to kill him. The only other person who knows about Bond’s soft spot for kids is Q (since he’s Bond’s handler) and on those missions, James makes sure to bring back every piece of equipment. After all, he can’t let anyone know he’s more than an irresponsible 00.
What do you think of Universal remaking it's classic monster films?
You know, there was a time way back when where, if I said
that I thought that many of the Hammer Horror remakes of classic horror films were
better, I would have been burned at the stake as a heretic.
Today, “the Hammer versions were better” seems to be a relatively uncontroversial and downright
commonplace view. I think it might be (among other reasons) because of the
Angry Video Game Nerd, who changed the whole conversation about the Hammer
Horror films by chatting them up, pointing out how great they are.
Anyway, the point of bringing up Hammer is, I don’t think a
remake is necessarily doomed to failure. And while
some of the Universal movies are some of the greatest movies ever made (Bride
of Frankenstein is the first sequel to be better than the original), some are
very flawed and could benefit from another go to clarify the ideas there. The 1931 Dracula, for instance, had a great leading man and set design,
but was hobbled by the fact that it was based on a stage play and didn’t use
the strengths of film effectively. At times, it felt like a fixed camera recording a stage production.
I have some skepticism about the ability of Hollywood to
actually produce really great movies, no matter what the intentions of
individual creators are, simply for structural reasons. There is so much money
involved that it discourages risk taking and encourages studio micromanagement.
One of the biggest trends in film has been the desire by studios to make bigger
movies “director-proof.” This was actually how Hollywood worked before the
1960s, with producers having all the power…but the problem is, it only works if
you have a producer who knows what they are doing, like Louis Meyer, or to use
a modern example, an overseer like Kevin Feige. Good art is reliant on
risk-taking and doing things differently, which is harder to do when you’re
gambling with ungodly sums like a $150 million dollar budget.
Isn’t Tom Cruise going to be in the Mummy remake? Before he
became the Space Pope, Tom Cruise was my hero; in high school, I spent a lot of
time making sure my hair looked like his in posters. Sure, he belongs to a
weird space cult created by a bad pulp science fiction writer that blackmails journalists and gay actors, but he is one of the best guys at picking scripts. I don’t think he’s ever really been in a terrible movie.
Making the Mummy female is a great idea, and one with a
great pedigree. The Mummy was always meant to be female. The first true Mummy novel, the one that codified the traits of
the modern Mummy story, was Bram Stoker’s novel Jewel of the Seven Stars, which featured a female
mummy (and, to bring things full circle, Hammer Horror, classy as ever, did a version
of Jewel of the Seven Stars, Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb, with 5’11” amazon Valerie Leon).
The really good Mummy films are all about love beyond death,
reincarnation, doomed lovers reunited in past ages who get a second chance, and
eerie sorcery. A film critic once said that all the very good James Bond movies
are romances…and the same is true for Mummy films. Likewise, the Mummy is not a
Creature from the Black Lagoon or Frankenstein creature who lumbers and uses
strength to choke people; he or she is a sorcerer, like a voodoo priestess. The fear there is the fear of magic, which comes from another age and “breaks the rules.” If
they keep these things in mind, they should be okay.
We’re about halfway through April, which means there’s about half a month left to get your drabble and/or doodle on!
All drabbles are welcome, including all ships! But if you’re looking for a challenge, check out these Bond fandom formats! The first two were created by@beaubete and the Fibonacci paragraphs one was used during the last 00Q LDWS competition.
MI6: 100 words. The first word must begin with the letter ‘M,’ the second word must begin with the letter ‘I,’ and the last word must be ‘six.’
007: 100 words. The first word must begin with the letter ‘J,’ the second word must begin with the letter ‘B,’ and you cannot use the words James or Bond in the
Fibonacci paragraphs: 300 words or under. Each paragraph must follow the Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc.) regarding number of sentences. So the first two paragraphs would each consist of one sentence, the third paragraph of two sentences, the fourth paragraph of three, the fifth of five sentences, the sixth of eight, and the seventh of thirteen. You may also REVERSE the sequence once (and only once) in the middle if you so choose. So if you get up to, say, five sentences for the fifth paragraph, your sixth paragraph could have three sentences, your seventh two sentences, etc.
Fibonacci sentences: Similar to the above, except this time it’s the number of words in each sentence that must follow the Fibonacci sequence.
All doodles are welcome, including all ships! If you’re looking for inspiration–
See what you can doodle using the colors from a promo picture of one of the Bond characters!
Doodle what a character’s desk or bedroom might look like, or what they might carry in their bag
Doodle your favorite Bond AU
Doodle your favorite characters doodling
Come up with your own Bond Doodle Challenge like the Bond drabble formats above and share it!
And remember: tag your drabbles and doodles with #mi6cafechallenge so we can find and reblog them! <3
Summary: Told in reverse-chronological order, Enouement is the story of love and loss, telling the journey that led you to your ultimate destination: a life full of happiness and regret, mistakes and laughter- and the man who gave you it all. Bucky x Reader
Bucky was furious. The anger radiating in his chest was boiling as he moved through the bar toward their usual table. He felt like there was a valve somewhere in his chest, letting out the steam slowly as he dropped into his seat, a little too heavily judging by the look on Sam and Steve’s faces.
“Rough night?” Sam nudged his friend with a sharp elbow and Bucky shot him a glare, reaching for the beer Steve had so generously ordered for him ahead of time. “Trouble in paradise?”