6 Lessons in Manliness from James Bond

by schaefer on November 13, 2008 · 88 comments

in A Man's Life, Lessons In Manliness

Editor’s Note: In honor of Quantum of Solace being released today, AoM contributor Cameron Schaefer has put together this rundown of Bond’s most manly qualities.

Admit it, if you’re a man, you’ve thought about how cool it would be to spend a day in the shoes of 007 himself, “Bond, James Bond.” The cars, adventure, beautiful women, and all the ridiculous spy gadgets. Seriously, who wouldn’t enjoy sporting a wrist-mounted dart gun?

But, there’s something else that attracts us (in a manly way) to Bond. It’s not just the lifestyle and accessories, it’s how he embodies so many of the qualities that we admire in a man. Confidence, strength, self-control (with one glaring exception), independence, and charm mixed with a bit of brute force. He seems to hold the world in his hands, but he’d just as easily give it all away.

Starting with “Dr. No” in 1962, each incarnation of Bond, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, has given men a look at how to live the high life, one of sophistication and grace, but far from gentle. The following are some lessons that every man can take away from the life of James Bond.

1) Finish What You Start. A man can be counted on to complete the mission, whatever it may be. Anyone can start something, but very few can consistently finish. James Bond shows us that determination isn’t an optional part of manhood, it’s required.

Think of the men in your life you look up to. Chances are they are people you can trust to do what they say. These are the people we follow, model, and celebrate. For them, how one starts the race isn’t nearly as important as how one finishes. When things get hard and go wrong, it doesn’t cause them to throw in the towel, it only pushes them harder. In the same way, Bond is a closer, something for which all of us men should strive.

2) Dominate Technology. Bond is a man that keeps up with the times. He is a master of the current technology and gadgets, but never their slave. You won’t find Bond spending hours each day frivolously texting away or sporting a permanent bluetooth headset. Wherever Bond is, he is ALL there, not constantly sidetracked by his Blackberry. He uses technology when he needs it and chucks it when he doesn’t.

Technology can be a great asset, but like many things it can often warp into something we can’t live without. In doing so, it takes a place in our life that it has no business taking. Bond is the type of man that keeps tech in it’s proper place- a place of servitude.

3) Know Your Enemy – Like any good practitioner of war, Bond never enters a battle without knowing the intricate details of his enemy. Not just who he is, but how he thinks, what he desires, what he fears and how he can be exploited.

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. – Sun Tzu

For Bond, and for all men, sometimes the enemy is quite obvious, while at other times they cleverly hide their ulterior motives. Your enemy could be a business rival that is seeking your destruction or even some type of character assassin like an addiction, a weakness, or a character flaw. Regardless, knowledge is key to victory in any of these areas. Identifying the enemies in your life, learning their ins and outs, and defeating them at every turn is something Bond understands and all of us should as well.

4) Dress to Kill – For centuries, part of being a man meant dressing well for every occasion. Suits, hats, collared shirts and well-fitting trousers were a necessary part of living well. Somewhere along the line it became acceptable for a man to leave the house in baggy sweatpants, t-shirt, and a baseball cap.

You might be saying, “But I’m a man, only women care about how they dress.” To you Bond would reply, “You’re an idiot, kind sir, ” as he walked off with your girlfriend. How a man dresses says something about him and men who dress well exude and inspire confidence. So ditch your old, ill-fitting rags and invest in a quality wardrobe. After all, the first step towards being Bond is dressing like him.

5) Know How to Handle Your Weapon – Bond, understands the value of having a firearm and knowing how to use it. While he only discharges his weapon when absolutely necessary, 007 is well-equipped to defend himself and those around him when the situation arises.

Becoming a skilled firearms user doesn’t mean you need to turn your house into a one-stop armory. Simply stopping by the local gun range every once and awhile and/or taking a gun safety class can make a big difference. Also, a man should know how to properly clean his gun. After all, a quality weapon is a valuable tool, but it is only as good as the person operating it.

6) Stay Cool – Remember that one segment in the last 007 movie where Bond cracked under the intense pressure of his mission? Me neither. Bond shows us that being a man means staying cool under pressure. Life is tough for everyone; get over it. Great men have the inner fortitude to handle themselves with confidence and self-control even when the world around them is crumbling.

Part of dealing well with stressful situations is being prepared for them.

“On the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that on other days and other fields will bear the fruits of victory.” – General Douglas MacArthur (US WWII General and war hero)

Bond is able to remain calm because of his past training and experience. Apart from training, playing competitive sports is a wonderful way to learn how to handle stress and prepare for battle, whether it be against the “Man With the Golden Gun” or simply the young hot shot competing for your job.

Any other lessons men can take from James Bond? Drop a line in the comment box and add to the discussion. And just for fun, share your favorite Bond movie and favorite incarnation of Bond with us as well.

{ 87 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laneris November 14, 2008 at 1:01 am

‘Finish what you start’ is the most valuable manly feature to my mind.

2 David Barnes November 14, 2008 at 1:59 am

James Bond is a sadistic murdering git. We would be better looking at how to NOT be like James Bond.

Indiana Jones, on the other hand…

3 corporal November 14, 2008 at 3:15 am

” Bond, unlike most European men, understands the value of having a firearm and knowing how to use it.”

Bullshit. About 80% of Finnish men are military trained. I’m quite convinced of their ability to use firearms.

It’s true, that the US has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world. Does they feel safe?

Otherwise a great article. Just get the facts right.

4 Andrew White November 14, 2008 at 4:12 am

Could not disagree with the gun point more. First off, I live in Europe, and many, many people shoot recreationally. For heaven’s sake, Berreta has a boutique on Jermyn St in London, nestled amongst the bespoke suit and shirt makers. While per capita gun ownership is nowhere near what it is in the US, its still pretty high. I’m guessing you’re American, and just engaging in the oh-so-popular “Europe is feminine” meme that’s sweeping your nation. Hardly gentlemanly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_countries_by_gun_ownership

Secondly, I don’t believe for a second that a gun belongs in a house for “self defence”. Sure, keep your gun on display and locked up, with the ammunition somewhere else. But for every successful defence of the home, you’ll probably find twice the stories of some poor kid getting his head shot of, like the poor boy at that gun show last week. You’re better off owning a dog.

5 Kristiyan November 14, 2008 at 4:35 am

The value I perceive in Bond’s character is one: He defends the abstract idea of the Queen. He never met the queen, but he knows that what he does is for a cause higher than man, higher than the government, and while he stays loyal to the queen he gets all the fine ladies lipstick on his cheeks.

Fighting for a cause you don’t fully understand, defending a queen you have never met, by simply doing what not many other men would. Is what I perceive as value in this Ian Fleming’s character

6 Daniel November 14, 2008 at 5:20 am

Originally Posted By KristiyanThe value I perceive in Bond’s character is one: He defends the abstract idea of the Queen. He never met the queen, but he knows that what he does is for a cause higher than man, higher than the government, and while he stays loyal to the queen he gets all the fine ladies lipstick on his cheeks.

Fighting for a cause you don’t fully understand, defending a queen you have never met, by simply doing what not many other men would. Is what I perceive as value in this Ian Fleming’s character

So Bond is/was a Monarchist? Thank you, you just redeemed the mans character in my eyes.

Think Europeans dont know their guns, go to Finland, Sweden, even France. The only problem with this article is this one piece of typical ignorant BS.

7 Kristiyan November 14, 2008 at 5:49 am

I think the author meant “know your gun” to be read in a more broad perspective. If you own a Glock 9mm and that is your weapon – know it well. However if your battles are fought in court – know the Law because that is your weapon; if you are a fine crafts master – know your tools and monocular.

Almost every European has served in the military around age of 19 and know how to shoot, however let’s not forget Bond is a fictional character and we don’t run around with a Beretta in a left shoulder holster for a living. )

8 Barry November 14, 2008 at 6:23 am

Bond is willing to act boldly and he always demonstrates grace under pressure (the Hemingway definition of heroism). These are his strong points and worthy of emulation. The fact that he always gets captured by the bad guy is less worthy of emulation.

Another kind of lesson we can learn from Bond is that the book is always better than the movie. In this case, much better.

9 Roderick Spode November 14, 2008 at 6:40 am

To Mr. Andrew White,

Thank you, sir, for educating me about European firearm use. I did not know, and appreciate the information.

However, I must differ with you over using firearms for self-defense. It is entirely appropriate. A few years ago, I was a prosecutor in Pennsylvania, and I saw the statistics (for the U.S., at least) comparing defensive firearms use with firearms accidents. The number of instances where a person successfully defends himself by using, or brandishing, a firearm, far, far outnumber firearms accidents in the home.

Of course, every accident is tragic, and if one is going to have a firearm at home, one has a responsibility to take steps to minimize the possibility such accidents.

10 ciaoenrico November 14, 2008 at 9:09 am

Wow – a lot of negative reactions for something I thought was very well done!

I’m a particular fan of lesson 2, as there are so many people with iPhones and Twitter accounts and all manner of things that are good to know your way around, but within reason. People seem to either reject technology or ask it to be their wives. Certainly, a middle ground is a lot more attractive.

As for the bit about the gun, everyone, please, calm down. No one is making you go out and buy a gun or do any target practice. That should be lesson 7: Know what to take seriously, you shrieking little girl.

11 Tom Harris November 14, 2008 at 9:32 am

Originally Posted By Roderick Spode
However, I must differ with you over using firearms for self-defense. It is entirely appropriate. A few years ago, I was a prosecutor in Pennsylvania, and I saw the statistics (for the U.S., at least) comparing defensive firearms use with firearms accidents. The number of instances where a person successfully defends himself by using, or brandishing, a firearm, far, far outnumber firearms accidents in the home.

Reminds me of the tiger repelling rock from the Simpsons (http://www.criticalthinking.org.uk/tigerrepellantrock/). The fact that there are a large numbers of incidents where firearms are used in self-defense only proves that the US has high gun ownership. It doesn’t prove that the gun successfully prevented a crime.

Never mind the fact that you are comparing the number of times a firearm was used in self-defence to the number of firearms *accidents*. What happened to the number of times a firearms used in criminal activity? For example, for all those times that a firearm was used in self defence what were they defending against?

Furthermore, if a burglar knows that the majority of households own a gun he’s far less likely to break in unarmed.

At any rate, owning a gun doesn’t make you a man. It makes you a gun-owner. In other words, it’s a completely irrelevant personal decision.

12 That "Dubya" Fella November 14, 2008 at 2:33 pm

> It’s true, that the US has 90 guns for every 100 citizens,
> making it the most heavily armed society in the world.
> Does they feel safe?

I dunno. Is our children learning?

@corporal -

13 007 November 14, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Great post and good tips. I am not spending too much time on the idea of any particular firearm. After all, how many times did you see James Bond actually shoot anyone? It seems he is able to make his way and accomplish his objectives very nicely. His enemies often end up self distructing. Maybe the building they are in collapses, or a statue falls on their head. JB comfortable and capable with a pistol, but no means dirty Harry. True to his character no matter who played it. Cheers!

14 Stormbringer November 14, 2008 at 3:24 pm

You gotta be kidding! FINALLY, someone besides Paul Kyriazi sees the manliness to the James Bond character. I bought his “How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle” as a novelty, and it turned out to be one of the best self-help books I have ever read. (Don’t look for the paperback, it’s out of print and used copies cost lotsa grotzits.) I haven’t purchased the new, improved audio book, but I’m sure it’s outstanding.

I mentioned James Bond and Paul Kyriazi a few times in my own Weblog, and I think one of those was in a Manival. This article ties in to the Kyriazi book, but I like it on its own merits. Some people may take exception to the gun business, but that can fall into a “be ready to defend your family” category and the principle still applies.

15 Stormbringer November 14, 2008 at 3:27 pm

@Stormbringer – PS — His book is at http://www.bondlife.com .

16 Mike M. November 14, 2008 at 7:30 pm

OK, I’ll play….

First, being a gentleman is not inconsistent with being a man of action. Good manners and good taste do not make you a wimp.

Second, train hard. Study hard. Read the Bond books…he’s always training. Shooting practice, unarmed combat, physical training. Studying, too.

17 Bill Vincent November 14, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Wow…sure love all the ill-informed people spouting off made-up stats and ridiculous guesses about the state of firearms in the US.

Our media is anti-gun. They report the accidents and the whackjobs (those exist in every nation), but never the situations where someone defends their home by shooting an intruder. A gun-carrier myself, most often simply making a problem person aware you’re armed is enough to get them to go find something else to do.
Legal gun owners and carriers are responsible, law-abiding and experienced. Sure, there’s a few bad apples in every barrel, and those are the ones you see and hear about, rather than the millions of responsible gun owners who DO NOT shoot up restaurants or rob old ladies.

If you want to know the truth about the US, for Gawd’s sake don’t pay attention to the news..an increasing number of AMERICANS don’t even watch the American news. It’s crap. Talk to Americans if you’re interested in the US.

18 BobG November 14, 2008 at 11:38 pm

Originally Posted By David BarnesJames Bond is a sadistic murdering git. We would be better looking at how to NOT be like James Bond.

You are such a pussy.

19 Stormbringer November 15, 2008 at 7:46 pm

I’d like to revise my comment on the gun bit. First, I agree with cioenrico, calm down! For crying out loud, don’t lose sight of the good points of the article just to argue about guns.

Second, the broader point is still valid: Use the tools of your trade, and know them well. If you’re a computer software troubleshooter, know your flash drive and portable apps and how to use them. If you’re a bicycle repairman…oh, you should get the idea.

20 Spike November 16, 2008 at 3:46 am

I hope the new James Bond film is better then the last one Casino Royale

21 rick November 16, 2008 at 7:48 am

i like turtles

22 Victor November 16, 2008 at 7:54 am

One lesson I learned–Always satisfy the girl, as that makes her want to come back for more.

23 saltshaker November 16, 2008 at 9:03 am

@David Barnes

I disagree.

Bond is a double agent….killing comes with the territory.

Indiana Jones is a professor and archeologist….he killed a lot of people unnecessarily.

24 Daniel November 17, 2008 at 3:36 am

Originally Posted By saltshaker@David Barnes

I disagree.

Bond is a double agent….killing comes with the territory.

Indiana Jones is a professor and archeologist….he killed a lot of people unnecessarily.

Obviously you have had little contact with the world of archaeology, or if you have, led a very sheltered existence. To be fair, killing is generally avoided, but I could tell you some stories…

25 Rich November 17, 2008 at 4:48 pm

Why not make it a nice 007? Here’s my suggestion for the 7th:

7) Know when to give, and when to take, orders. Bond gets his missions from his boss M, he knows every man has limits and all must work together to make a go of what we call civilization. It is the attitude of being better than everybody else and the need to make everyone obey that drives many Bond villains to world domination. On the other hand, Bond also knows when he needs to take the lead, entrusting crucial tasks to friends and allies like Quarrel, Felix Leiter, Tiger Tanaka and even a few Bond girls, while he goes on ahead to play his part. Oftentimes Bond could not have survived his adventures if his trusted friends did not show up with a well-placed shot or an army of reinforcements at critical moments.

26 Dan November 17, 2008 at 6:56 pm

Note to self : Don’t tell anybody I have a gun.

27 Stormbringer November 17, 2008 at 7:05 pm

@Rich – Fabulous comment!

28 Stormbringer November 17, 2008 at 7:07 pm

@Dan – Are you like me, shooting your mouth off? HA! I made a funny! Seriously, there’s gun hating and there’s gun understanding/respect. Oh, and knowledge of the Constitution. But the election had nothing to do with knowledge of the Constitution, did it?

29 Cameron Schaefer November 18, 2008 at 9:20 am

@ corporal and @ andrew white,

I want to apologize for my stupid jab at European men and firearms. It was meant completely as a joke, mainly targeted at some comments received after a gun cleaning post I did. Brett and I discussed it before publishing the post and both decided that it wasn’t accurate or funny for that matter.

Unfortunately, I left for a trip overseas and completely forgot to take it out in my final edit before sending it in.

I realize that many European men are gun enthusiasts, having talked to many of them personally, as well as skilled fire arms users. I also have great respect for those that have served in the military being that I currently serve myself.

Please take this as a poorly thought out mistake made my be and not as a reflection of the Art of Manliness. Thanks.

- Cameron Schaefer

30 kris November 18, 2008 at 1:24 pm

@corporal
i forgot finland took up most of europe. dumbass

31 Vishal Thacker November 18, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Lesson No. 7:
Quote from Casino Royale,
Vesper: “You know James, if all that was left of you was your smile and your little finger, you’d still be more of a man than anyone I’ve ever met”

Bond: “That’s because you know what i can do with my little finger”

32 mike November 18, 2008 at 8:31 pm

YES – Those of us with guns DO feel safe! I Can’t speak for the other non gun owners – other than to recommend they too get a weapon and take charge of their own defense.

33 mike November 18, 2008 at 8:41 pm

“But for every successful defence of the home, you’ll probably find twice the stories of some poor kid getting his head shot of,”

On the surface this seems logical – unfortunately it’s another case of feelings being substituted for careful analysis. This kind of thing is not only demonstrably inaccurate, but also antithetical to the art of manliness. You euro guys especially need to do due diligence here.

34 Mike November 19, 2008 at 6:12 am

@ciaoenrico – LOL!!! Thank you so much for putting these gun remarks in proper context. “Shrieking girl!” LOL – cough, hack, sputter, laugh some more.

35 Shaun November 20, 2008 at 2:37 am

May I suggest that next time you write an article make it one on men being so touchy in your articles? Hahaha great article, well written. And while I’m here I would just like to thank you for running such a great website. Must be hard keeping this thing updated and keeping up with the drudgery of a normal life as well.

36 Sqash November 21, 2008 at 4:48 pm

@corporal

It’s either Switzerland or Israel that has the highest rate of arms in the world. Also they completely outclass the US in proper and full training in those arms.

37 Stephen B November 22, 2008 at 9:47 am

Okay, let’s stay on target. The title of the article is 6 Lessons in Manliness from James Bond, using the character as an _example_ of the six traits to cultivate. Let’s not get into gun control debates with the Euroweenies, it’s pointless.

38 John D November 24, 2008 at 6:52 am

Bond is a man’s man. Not because he is a rogue character, but rather embodies the values we claim to uphold.

He uses tools to his advantage, and does not let them distract him, be it a car, phone, computer, weapon, or watch. He does not live to use them, he uses them to live.

The bond character knows how to use his tools effectively, as well as the tools of his adversaries – should the situation require it.

He is well mannered (from Star Trek: “Good manners are never a waste of time.”)

He dresses for the occasion, tips well, and is a man of his word. He does his duty for Queen and Country. He is not reckless in competition and shoes restraint where warranted… at least those are the impressions that I take away from the character.

Die Another Day: My favorite scene is where Pierce Brosnan escapes from being held by MI6 after being traded for another spy and climbs out of the water onto a dock, and walks into the hotel soaking wet, in pajamas and asks for his usual room.

39 Mario November 24, 2008 at 9:32 am

@Andrew White – “But for every successful defence of the home, you’ll probably find twice the stories of some poor kid getting his head shot of, like the poor boy at that gun show last week.”

Andrew, I’d like to respectfully correct you on this. Actually, according to John Lott’s research/book (The Bias Against Guns), in over 95% of criminal altercations, when the victim even brandishes a gun, the crime is thwarted. Also, in every part of America, when gun ownership laws are made LESS restrictive, crime always drops. Moreover, when gun laws are made MORE restrictive, crime rises.

One more correction, children under 10 are more likely to drown in a 5-gallon bucket than be killed by an accidental gunshot. –Also from John Lott’s book. Accidental gun deaths in children are extremely rare, but always reported in the media.

Brett, thank you for your fantastic site and insightful articles. Inspiring.

40 JHP2 November 24, 2008 at 7:35 pm

@corporal – That is 80% Finnish men you reference, not European men. I am pretty certain that Finnish men do not make up most of Europe.

I am reminded of a story about how Delta Force was patterned on the SAS but Col. Beckwith had to have the early shoot house scenarios changed from those he had taken from them. That was because the design of the SAS drills was to get them to shoot whereas the Americans had grown up around weapons and had no need to be encouraged to shoot and were getting bored with the scenarios.

In any event, both SAS and Delta turn out some amazing troopers.

41 Bart December 2, 2008 at 9:41 am

Nice article – I also really liked the propositions for lesson #7.
One more thing: Cameron Schaefer’s apology was very manly. All the quibbling, boobing and name calling was not.

42 frankie December 2, 2008 at 6:41 pm

hey, great article, i juz saw solace, awesome, my fav is any bond with connery, i grew up with sean. a couple of the lessons i got from bond are:

1. treat women with respect.
2.don’t kiss and tell
3.always have a back up plan
4.don’t smile too much, keep em guessing
5.loyalty

tons more… thank you for a great newsletter for men, woot, woot!!

43 Mine December 2, 2008 at 10:07 pm

I like to think a real man isn’t so judgmental about other people’s texting habits or whatnot. In fact I think a REAL man doesn’t really care what others do. He’s got his own life to live and goes about doing just that.

Maybe that’s the key to real manliness; just get r done.

44 Stormbringer December 3, 2008 at 3:29 am

To “Mine”, if a “real man” doesn’t care what others do, why are you trying so hard to say that you don’t care?

Anyway, wanted to say that I have an article about which Bond is the best…is it Connery? Craig? Another actor whose name does not begin with “C”? Have a look here: http://xrl.in/1696

45 Brandon December 4, 2008 at 1:08 am

@corporal – As long as I’m one of those that are armed, yes, I feel safe. Making something illegal just means outlaws are the only ones who will have them, and there the people I’m worried about in the first place.

46 Brandon December 4, 2008 at 1:14 am

Originally Posted By Kristiyan
Fighting for a cause you don’t fully understand, defending a queen you have never met, by simply doing what not many other men would. Is what I perceive as value in this Ian Fleming’s character

A man should never fight for something he doesn’t fully understand. Simpletons can be swayed into spurious causes because predators appeal to their passion, not their logic. Know where you stand, what you are fighting for, and what it’s worth.

47 Brandon December 4, 2008 at 1:19 am

Originally Posted By Stormbringer@Dan – Are you like me, shooting your mouth off? HA! I made a funny! Seriously, there’s gun hating and there’s gun understanding/respect. Oh, and knowledge of the Constitution. But the election had nothing to do with knowledge of the Constitution, did it?

Well, the man that was elected did teach Constitutional Law for over a decade, but other than that…

48 LaughingTarget December 6, 2008 at 9:56 am

@Brandon

Then why did he nominate Hillary, which the Constitution says he cannot do because the position got a pay raise while she was in office? Yet another misconception, all lawyers don’t know the Constitution, nor do Constitutional Law professors.

49 Luke December 7, 2008 at 8:46 am

I am inclined to question why a critique on Bond did not render the obvious subject of how to treat a woman.

50 April Braswell December 12, 2008 at 1:58 am

Oh, we chicks LOVE James Bond.

Indeed, stay cool, be manly and finish what you start, and know how to handle your weapon are all wonderfully manly qualities.

It’s interesting, my late husband taught me to shoot, and I strive to do so as a GIRL, think more Dale Evans than Lara Croft. Fringe. Cute Boots. Skirts. LIPSTICK. Those womanly women are MY role models and we LOVE when we have men like James Bond to flirt with.

As an Online Dating Coach, I’m working with both single women and single men, and certainly recommend the Art of Manliness for the men I advise to foster their manliness in the 21st century.

Keep up the great work!

All the best,

April Braswell

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51 Stormbringer December 12, 2008 at 2:58 am

Gotta throw in something that’s slightly off-topic: A suppressed Bond moment.

I was out with a girl at a restaurant. Our waitress was a hottie, dressed in black and showing a generous amount of cleavage. (I’m still in love.) She brought our food, looked at me and said, “Is there anything else I can do for you?”

Can you imagine how difficult it was to be a good boy and not do a Roger Moore voice, saying, “Yes, but we’ll discuss that later” or something? And no, I’m not silly enough to think that she was making offers like one of Bond’s women. Fun to imagine, though.

52 Keith December 13, 2008 at 9:22 am

Let’s not forget the proper handling of your Astin Martin at exceptionally high speeds…

53 Keith December 13, 2008 at 9:25 am

@Keith – Ooops! typo. Meant Aston

54 Maveth December 15, 2008 at 9:08 pm

@Andrew White

You, sir, are an idiot. If you would care to take the time, you can find areas on the web that show that the use of firearms in the U.S. for defensive purposes (by civilians) far exceeds the accidental deaths you cite.

55 Duncan Rainey Hoopes Junior December 16, 2008 at 2:32 pm

@David Barnes

Thou knowst not what ye speak.

A whip and a hat can’t make a man, and shooting a man twenty feet away who has a sword is one of the most cowardly actions ever filmed.

Don’t get me wrong, Harrison Ford is cool, but the atheist professor who argues with Nazis is no man.

And if you asked him, “Who’s yer Daddy?”, he’d have to tell you, “James Bond.”

56 Duncan Rainey Hoopes Junior December 16, 2008 at 2:35 pm

@Duncan Rainey Hoopes Junior@David Barnes

Thou knowst not what ye speak.

In case there is ambiguity, I am speaking about Indiana Jones

57 Veronica Dylan December 18, 2008 at 8:25 am

I love James Bond…but most of you men, November 16th’s Victor excluded, and even the author, neglected this important point: HANDS DOWN Bond is the sexiest man on the planet because he is written as an awesome lover! Candlelight, adventure! and YES, the way you dress, men, is important! Own a good tuxedo! Dominate technology, but go away Blackberry addict! Live the high life, and do it independently with charm and strenghth. Indiana Jones was a professor, Bond is a friekin’ spy with a fascinating posse ready to die for him. Loved the article and comments. For a little humor from a woman’s perspective, visit my blog at http://www.divorcenetwork.com/profiles/blog/list?user=18w3csbt0xfl9
Sincerely, Veronica Dylan
Where are the Bond Men in this world?

58 Phil December 18, 2008 at 3:54 pm

I’m sad to see you didn’t add the sage words from Q in his final move:

Never let them see you bleed and always have an escape plan.

59 John B December 24, 2008 at 11:50 pm

WOW …..
I can see there are a lot of “”"GIRLS”"” here who are afraid of GUNS.
Or, should we say “GIRLIE” men?

So many GIRLIE men (men, really???)…….

USA and European non-females are 99.999% girlie men anyway!
Sort of tragic for the unfortunate women who must resign themselves
to live with these wimps. I hear these women complaining all the
time about how wimpy guys are!

I am so glad there are so MANY girlie men. It helps
me have a LOT MORE than a fair share of beautiful
females — who, by the way, totally despise ‘girlie’ males.

I was thinking about writing a NEW book “How to be
a great GIRLIE men”. I can become a billionaire just
by selling that book since there are so many GIRLIE
males who would love to become even GIRLIER!

I can see I already have a LOT of potential buyers here!

Of course . . .
I just need to hide from them that I sleep with my gun under
the pillow. And the other gun “inside” my underwear. Both are
constantly being cleaned and kept ready for “action’.
ALWAYS BE PREPARED!

John.

60 Max December 25, 2008 at 3:30 pm

I am not spending too much time on the idea of any particular firearm. After all, how many times did you see James Bond actually shoot anyone? It seems he is able to make his way and accomplish his objectives very nicely. His enemies often end up self distructing.

Well put, 007.

To the article’s author: shame on you for mistaking firearm use for a manly trait. Violence is what you do when intelligence fails. Any brainless idiot can pull a trigger, as has been widely proven.

You think killing a living being by bending your index finger is manly? You’re just pathetic.

61 Stormbringer December 25, 2008 at 3:36 pm

“Max” is being pathetic. 007 is trained in the use of firearms, and he doesn’t simply do the ” ‘scuse me while I whip this out” and blast away technique. Intelligent, judicious use of firearms is not unmanly. Condemning someone for using them, however, *is* unmanly.

62 Max December 25, 2008 at 5:18 pm

“Condemning someone for using firearms is unmanly”? Do you realize how unbelievably moronic such a statement is?

There’s nothing “intelligent” or “judicious” in killing somebody. Even a retarded child can do that with a firearm.

If even a retarded child can do it, it’s NOT MANLY — by definition. Man up, kid.

63 Stormbringer December 25, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Sorry, Max, my deceased retarded brother did not know how to use a firearm. You’re justifying a bad argument based on emotion. Too bad you can’t answer with any semblance of logic the rest of the discussion. And don’t give me that “man up” shite as a dismissal, you’re on the losing end.

64 Max December 26, 2008 at 2:17 am

Dear Stormbringer: just because you don’t get the logic, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

Any retarded child can bend his index finger and kill someone with a gun, that’s a fact.

I’m “on the losing end”, you say? Why exactly? Because you say so? You’re getting more and more pathetic…

65 Stormbringer December 26, 2008 at 2:45 am

Change your name, “Max”. “Min” would be more becoming. Now it’s a personal attack flame war in a public forum? You started this thing by lashing out at participants because you cannot wrap your tiny little mind around a concept. I called you on it, and you keep sneaking back to the computer when your mother isn’t looking so you can keep on lashing, and yet I’m the one with the problem? Post all you want, Cupcake, I am not going to waste another sentence on you.

66 Max December 26, 2008 at 3:08 am

Nice job on resorting to juvenile insults, thereby proving your lack of reasoning skills.

67 Mark Hazard December 26, 2008 at 5:14 am

Wow, has this degenerated! The “guns are evil” weenies have their fits, and then Mad Max: Beyond Emptydome manages to prove Storm’s point with “waaa waaa waaa”. Most people who disagree will drop it after they’ve been pimp slapped but Maxie Pad has to keep coming back for more. Amazing, and he pretends he has balls enough to tell people to “man up” after his unmanly outbursts. Sorry, gang, but this just pissed me off too much and I had to let the crybaby have it. I hope a moderator will zap his lame ass comments. Back to lurking now.

68 Max December 26, 2008 at 5:37 am

As the gun owners are “eloquently” showing, my hinting at retarded children was fully appropriate.

69 Mark Hazard December 26, 2008 at 5:50 am

Hey, Maxie! When have you ever shown a grain of truth? All you have is a snotty attitude, you didn’t show anything useful, and you claim ‘victory’ in your comments. Grow three things and come back. The first is a brain and then maybe you can figure out what the other two things are that you need to grow. God, what a loser.

70 Max December 26, 2008 at 5:56 am

You forgot to add “nyah nyah nyah”, Mark. That would be in tune with your “manly” attitude.

71 Nicky December 26, 2008 at 1:24 pm

I’m with Hazard and Stormbringer. Max is a troll who just wanted to start something. He’s a turdball with nothing to say, never made a point, then claims he won some kind of argument. He should grow up before he plays with the big boys. Good thing the big boys caught on and stopped feeding the troll.

PS I saw Stormbringer’s site. After what SB’s been dealing with lately, little boy Max is lucky he didn’t get his liver handed to him on a stick and should be happy he got off easy.

72 Max December 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm

New nickname, same old cowardly idiot. Not only you don’t have a point: you also have no dignity and no honour. You simply are not a man.

73 Max December 26, 2008 at 3:07 pm

New nickname, same old cowardly idiot.

You are too ashamed of yourself to post under the same identity, and rightly so: you have been publicly humiliated and you even did most of the work yourself.

Not only you don’t have a point: you also have no dignity, no honour, and no testicles. You simply are not a man.

74 schaefer December 26, 2008 at 6:12 pm

Alright guys, I appreciate the enthusiasm, but this argument isn’t going anywhere and the language being used is not what this blog is about. Please cease from any further comments unless they are adding something valuable to the discussion – personal attacks do not fall under this category.

75 Stormbringer December 26, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Nicky, I see your impassioned posting was deleted, though it showed up in my e-mail follow-ups to this thread. While I appreciate your enthusiasm, you violated your own “feeding the troll” advice. And the original thread was about James Bond. Please keep in mind that our image of James Bond does not lose his cool, and that would have been another point that the author could have mentioned if he had wished to make the article longer. Yes, the loser Max has nothing to offer except wild accusations, no logic (and Bond uses reasoning abilities) and is nothing but a troll. I believe Bond would walk away, and that’s why I am no longer discussing anything with the troll. He is probably angry at me for praising the article earlier in this forum. If you wish to flay the troll, feel free to use the link in my profile to find the e-mail address and we can have a grand old time in private.

76 kasper December 30, 2008 at 6:34 am

As I have commented elsewhere on this site, to respond to any kind of internet comment is to descend into a spiral of insanity…

By the by, though the films are fun they are a different animal entirely from the books, which are amazing (with the exception of Man with the Golden Gun). My favourites are Casino Royale and From Russia with Love.

And please, play nice, kids…

77 TcHhCt January 14, 2009 at 5:13 pm

To the uninformed… Do reseach and educate yourself or remain clueless with an opinion.

FLORIDA CONCEALED CARRY PERMITS
Through 1997, only one permit holder out of the over 350,000 permits issued, was convicted of homicide. Through 1992, Florida’s murder rate decreased 23%, while the U.S. rate rose 9%
Since 1991, 23 states have adopted RTC (right to carry), the number of privately-owned guns has risen by nearly 70 million, and violent crime is down 38%. In 2007, the most recent year for which complete data are available, RTC states had lower violent crime rates, on average, compared to the rest of the country (total violent crime by 24%; murder, 28%; robbery, 50%; and aggravated assault, 11%).
UK CRIME
A new study suggests the use of handguns in crime rose by 40% in the two years after the weapons were banned.
The research, commissioned by the Countryside Alliance’s Campaign for Shooting, has concluded that existing laws are targeting legitimate users of firearms rather than criminals.
The Centre for Defence Studies at Kings College in London, which carried out the research, said the number of crimes in which a handgun was reported increased from 2,648 in 1997/98 to 3,685 in 1999/2000.
AUSTRAILIAN CRIME
Since Australia banned private ownership of most guns in 1996, crime has risen dramatically on that continent.
Though lawmakers responsible for passing the ban promised a safer country, the nation’s crime statistics tell a different story:
Countrywide, homicides are up 3.2 percent;
Assaults are up 8.6 percent;
Amazingly, armed robberies have climbed nearly 45 percent;
In the Australian state of Victoria, gun homicides have climbed 300 percent;
In the 25 years before the gun bans, crime in Australia had been dropping steadily;
There has been a reported “dramatic increase” in home burglaries and assaults on the elderly.

All mass shooting occur in “gun free” zones.

There will always be a black market for firearms. Criminals prefer to stay armed as it’s a few years for getting caught carrying a gun vs getting caught without a gun by rival gangs or an armed potential victum. They prefer thier victums to be unarmed. The black market will supply guns as long as there is profit.

78 Drew January 19, 2010 at 5:06 am

I think that while perhaps we have taken this article a little too literal perhaps we should look at it from outside the box and with a pinch of salt. For example the gun issue… I dont believe in the use of guns at all, so perhaps the best sentence would be… Know your tools. I love doing archery, and to do it safely I have to know my equipment etc.

While some may not think following James Bond is a good idea perhaps following another knight in shining armour is good, I have always looked up to Simon Templar aka the Saint.

As for the statement on For Queen, It refers to the statement… For Queen and Country. That is whom people in the military were in service of.

I feel that we should take what we like from the article and if we strongly disagree with something then move past it

79 Pennsylvania wrongful death lawyer January 21, 2010 at 4:33 pm

To James Bond and all his wonderful qualities, here here. Always room for a little more bond in ones life.

80 Tanshin January 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm

There’s a lot of good meat here, in this article – But yeah, important to remember that you use your own tools based on profession.

All of the other points (particularly the first four, which many people seem to have a great deal of trouble with) are very important, and for some, more applicable than the one about knowing your weapon.

81 Godzilla April 1, 2010 at 5:11 am

All valuable lessons. I personally wear the “WWJBD” bracelet to remind me to ask myself, in any difficult situation: “What would James Bond do?”

82 Moon April 6, 2010 at 9:26 am

Max was correct, though I wasn’t surprised to see him pounded down by the more vocal inhabitants here. A chimpanzee can pull a trigger and kill (let alone a mentally disabled human), and that doesn’t make him more of a man. The world is full of killers, and I find nothing manly about any of them.

After 20 years of martial arts, I can confidently say that the manliest men in this field that I have ever met not only know how to remove a gun from an armed assailant, they can render him completely helpless without inflicting a *single* injury. Yeah, I know that doesn’t sit well with men who think hurting others (or killing them, take your pick) is somehow a manly quality.

See, compassion and masculinity are mutually compatible. Most men I know who refuse to see this are cowards in their own way, and their blustering does nothing to hide that in my eyes.

83 Jim November 14, 2012 at 8:19 am

I just saw Skyfall. It was AMAZING! There are definitely many lessons to be learned from James Bond.

84 deep January 5, 2013 at 3:42 am

“STAY COOL” was the best lesson for us during difficult situations.

85 Arun Doss November 22, 2013 at 6:51 pm

The main key about Bond is his attitude of having a separate but interesting taste in every thing. If it is a food or drink or gun, he have his different way, even in shave he differs from others.(using shavlet other than a razor)
That’s the important thing we should learn from James Bond building our own taste.

86 Wilkshire, Steven Wilkshire December 29, 2013 at 10:09 am

Knowing how to use your weapon doesn’t just mean guns- it means any weapon, or any tool you use. Your body is a weapon, a kitchen knife is a weapon, but in a metaphorical sense, your computer is a weapon, and your forklift is a weapon. Whatever you use to attack your tasks and get the job done is a weapon with which to do that. For a superspy traversing the globe keeping the world safe that’s a Walther PPK. For a real estate agent that’s….whatever a real estate agent uses to sell houses.

87 Dress Like 007 April 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Fantastic blog Schaefer, i am completely agree with you.
The one thing a man has learn from 007 is how actually a man should dress, particularly in his tuxedo.
The main reason of becoming the best spy is that he knows what he’s enemies are going to do, he handle his vehicles and firearms smoothly instead of agressive. And most important thing he never do what M says .. Lol
Expecting more handful blogs from you!

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