Who's the better gentleman spy.. James Bond or Harry Hart?
Going to stir the pot a bit with this one.. but here goes……
Bond may be credited with being a gentleman spy, but he’s actually rather rude. Bond can be seen boarding a boat (without invitation) then walking up to a sleeping person and kicking them awake while yelling at them that he’s ‘chartering their boat’, dumping an unconscious woman into an unknown man’s arms and going off, among other things that I just could never picture Harry doing. I love Bond, don’t get me wrong, ….but he’s a bit of a dick a lot of the time.
Harry, on the other hand, remains perfectly charming.. even towards Valentine whom he probably suspects is one of the worst people he’s gone up against. Aside from a rather salty look when Valentine shakes Eggsy’s hand (hands off the goods Valentine! haha) he remains cordial towards him, perhaps tensely so, but still. He does tell Chester “You’re a snob.” in a very ‘with all due respect, fuck off’ tone. But Chester looks down on people (when he was probably from the lower ranks himself) and he doesn’t uphold Kingsman’s values …and Harry probably just finds it (and him) insufferable. His temper does flare at Eggsy, once, though it seems that he’s more angry with himself over things/not doing enough/because he cares so deeply for him. Even with Eggsy’s yelling at and insulting him, Harry calms with the ‘can’t you see everything I’ve done has been to make up for everything’ line.. causing Eggsy, who is the little hot head, to instantly mellow. Not that, that was Harry’s intention.. he was just being honest. Until that point Eggsy has some pent up blame towards him, and Harry probably knows it. It’s the hardest/worse situation between them ..and Harry handles it like a class act. Beyond that, he’s personable and charming. I find it very odd and out of character if/when he isn’t.
Parallels between Bond and Harry are that they’re (probably) the best agents from their organizations, both are highly intelligent, can quickly think their way out of any situation, are resourceful, can banter and get a foe to take their bait and leave them with a cheeky/witty remark that angers them/makes them lose focus while they smile and are already five steps ahead plotting their escape.
Who’s the better ‘agent’ could be debated. Fight wise, considering he took out a church full of people by himself, Harry. However, the question was ‘who’s the better gentleman spy?’ Bond may be suave and sleek doing ‘spy stuff’ while the Bond Theme plays in the background ….but when you combine everything ..hands down …I’d say it’s Harry!
Actually.. I’ve always thought Harry was based more on (the charismatically charming and impeccably dressed) John Steed from The Avengers (no not THAT one.. Google: The Avengers tv series) than on James Bond. Steed is a secret agent working for an unnamed branch of British intelligence that fights with his manners and a crook handle umbrella…
…and he had a blue velvet tux… (and pretty much looks like he could of been Harry’s father)
…not to mention he was paired with a (track suit wearing) arse kicking widow working as a spy along side him ..with lots of subtext between them. Their verbal interactions ranged from witty banter to thinly disguised innuendo. (Bit of a taboo given the times/that she was a widow) …and because of their significant age difference …which also sounds familiar.
Mrs. Peel was a certified genius/specialized in chemistry and other sciences. A heroine and she was rarely defeated in fights, a martial arts master, formidable fencer, and often rescued Steed when he was in trouble. I’m curious if/how Eggsy ‘rescues’ Harry in K2.