Codename: James Bond

Me and one of my co-workers were talking about theories in movies and tv-shows, like the Pulp Fiction theory that inside the briefcase is Ving Rhames’ soul and some like that. One of theories brought up something I thought was interesting. Why is it that James Bond’s been alive since the 1962 and hasn’t aged a day and looks different in each movie. Their theory was that he was a time lord like Dr. Who. I can do you one better. The James Bonds from Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Rodger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Prosnan, and Daniel Craig, here’s the thing: they’re not the same man.

All these actors are all agents of MI6 who have graduated to the status of 007 and awarded honor to carry on the legacy of the name of James Bond, a pass the torch so to speak. Which explains how Bond looks like different in almost every film and hasn’t aged at all. The same thing applies to the name of M, Q, and Moneypenny. One evidence to this theory was when George Lazenby first appeared as James Bond, he said, “This never happened to the other fellow.” Which we can also say, that the Daniel Craig Bond is not a reboot, but the most recent one to be honored with the name of James Bond, which makes sense since in Casino Royale, he just was awarded with the 00 status and why the M (Judi Dench) is the same actress from the Prosnan era, and also works because in Skyfall, Mallory was promoted as the new M and why Q was so young in, he even references “What were you expecting an exploding pen? We don’t do that anymore.” pretty much referencing the Q before him.

I mean, it could work, it does make sense, it’s just a movie, but it’s funny to talk about. I admit, I got my theory based on Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic books, in the 3rd he references this subject where Bond is a legacy passed on from agent to agent in MI6. His books even show an image of busts of all the agents to carry on the Bond name, all modeled after the Bond actors from Connery to Craig. Course his original Bond, Jimmy (cause of copyright), was a bad person but was still a hero to Great Britain which started the legacy. Moore making him a bad person was in response to his hatred for the League movie and one of his characters portrayed by Connery. Moore really holds a grudge.

Either way, it makes sense and I think it’s funny.


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