The Craig films aren't a reboot of the seriesBut rather origin stories.The series has lasted long enough that Comic-Book Time is in effect. All of the old movies are still in continuity.
- Jossed in Spectre, since Franz Oberhauser is Bonds foster brother, renaming himself Blofeld. In the original films, Bond didn't knew who Blofeld was until You Only Live Twice, making the Craig films origin stories for his Bond, but not for the others.
James Bond is NOT a Time Lord but...UNIT shared a sample of the Doctor's DNA with MI-6 and using it they were able to crack the regeneration code and used it to create technology that allows them to keep, perpetually young and in service, their best agent, James Bond; best handler, M; and best engineer, Q.
The films are adaptation are not sequels to each other but instead straight adaptations from the booksThis is why there is a loose continuity between the films and why the actor playing Bond changes, as no two films actually share the same continuity; instead they're just continuous film adaptations of different books, like how Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned have different actors and almost no shared continuity but come from the same book series.
- Some still have continuity between each other, such as Dr. No and From Russia with Love; The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker; and the Craig era as a whole.
- Somewhat jossed. Other films have connections as well, such as On Her Majesty's Secret Service and For Your Eyes Only and all of the Brosnan films, with characters returning. An alternate way of seperating films is by era. There is the first era, which lasted from 1962-1985, with Connery, Lazenby, and Moore being Bond. His age is consistant, being about 30 in Dr. No, and around 53 by A View to a Kill. Then there is the second era, with Bond being played by Dalton and Brosnan, lasting from 1987-2002. Again, his age works, being in his early 30's in The Living Daylights and about 45 by Die Another Day. Then there is the current series, starting with Casino Royale (2006), and ending at an undefined point. Those films have the closest continuity to each other, and work better overall. Whether each series represents the start of a new continuity, or a different Bond is left up to the viewer to decide.
- Some still have continuity between each other, such as Dr. No and From Russia with Love; The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker; and the Craig era as a whole.
- At least, That's what Alan Moore implied in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier.
- And confirmed in Century: 2009.
- So Skyfall was the second time she died in his arms?
"James Bond" is simply a name picked at random (the author of a book on West Indian birds, in fact) that is adopted by every agent to hold the post of 007Sort of like The Dread Pirate Roberts. Note that Bond tends to give it out freely and is almost never referred to by his code number. This is supported by the original film version of Casino Royale (1967), where the first James Bond — now retired and tending to his roses — complains to a government official about the "homicidal sex maniac" running around Europe using his name. This was what the director for Die Another Day wanted to do to get Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery (the then latest and first Bonds, respectively) in the movie together, but Executive Meddling prevented it. And for good cause.
- But all the Bonds have links to each other:
- Lazenby is seen fiddling with Connery-era gadgets like Grant's watch.
- Roger Moore visits the grave of the Lazenby Bond's wife, Tracy Bond.
- Timothy Dalton's Bond is known by Felix Leiter to have had an abrupt marriage.
- Brosnan's Bond noticeably references this in The World Is Not Enough.
- It's not impossible to retcon these into the theory. Lazenby received Connery's watch as part of his cover (to pass down certain objects between the agents to keep up the impression that they're one guy). Moore could have visited Tracy's grave as a mark of respect to his short-lived predecessor. Perhaps the man who became known as Dalton's Bond, like the man who became Lazenby's Bond, was also married at some point. As was Brosnan's. Also, any knowledge of previous missions the current Bond has could simply be something he read about in reports and profiles.
- But there's also an earlier reference Tracy Bond in the Moore era films: In The Spy Who Loved Me, Anya Amasova mentions Bond's wife who was killed, and this clearly brings back some painful memories for Bond, as he angrily asks Amasova to stop talking about her. If it was merely the wife of his predecessor Amasova was talking about, I don't think Bond would have reacted the way he did. Amasova even comments that it's unusual for Bond to be so sensitive about a woman.
- It's also possible that not every new actor indicates a new Bond. Perhaps there have been no more than three James Bonds. Exactly when number one retired is another question.
- Three Bonds works. The first Bond is played by Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Roger Moore — his age is fairly consistent throughout (born circa 1930) and the links between these three are much more solid. The second Bond is played by Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan — again, the age is fairly consistent (born circa 1950) and the callbacks to previous Bonds (the "abrupt marriage" referred to above) are ambiguous enough that it's not necessarily the same person. The third Bond (Born circa 1970) is played by Daniel Craig, and this is the first time we explicitly see that it's a new person. This also allows Daniel Craig's Bond to be in the same continuity as the others.
- But in the The Living Daylights, there are several references of Dalton's Bond having been in this job for a long time. For example, Bond mentions to M that he's known General Pushkin, the new KGB chief, for quite a while; when the two meet in the movie, Pushkin recognizes Dalton as James Bond without him having to introduce himself, and the two treat each other as long-time worthy opponents. Similarly, Felix Leiter and a concierge at a hotel in Tangier (where Bond apparently stays whenever he's in town) both recognize Dalton as James Bond, an old acquaintance. Most likely, these meetings wouldn't play out the way they do if Dalton was a new guy who'd replaced the old "James Bond" within the last two years.
- This article does a fairly good job pointing out why this theory is flawed, and how Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, and Brosnan are the same Bond. Lazenby is clearly familiar with Connery gadgets, and Connery is seen at the beginning of Diamonds Are Forever to be tracking Blofeld in revenge for the death of his wife (Also, if he was different, why would he come back?). Moore was recognized as James Bond by a friend from his Cambridge days in The Spy Who Loved Me (Set way before Dr. No), and is shown to be delivering flowers to his dead wife and finally killing Blofeld in revenge. Dalton was still called "James Bond" even after he quit in Licence to Kill, and they never send a replacement "James Bond" after him. If he was playing a different guy, they would refer to his real name, and not his code name, after he quit. GoldenEye's prologue takes place "9 years ago", before The Living Daylights, making Dalton and Brosnan the same Bond. Thus, all the pre-Casino Royale Bonds are the same guy.
- Lazenby's Bond could be familiar with Lazenby's gadgets since Q Laboratories likely provides gadgets for all MI-6 agents and not just this one guy. Revenge for the death of Tracy could be a sort of respect deal, like maybe Connery's Bond respected Lazenby's or was even friends with the guy, and there's also the fact that Blofeld is the leader of an extremely dangerous terrorist organization and therefore a person who should be killed at any given opportunity (like this one). Moore's could have simply been recognized, though not called by name (I gotta admit, I haven't seen the flick in a while), and his leaving flowers for Tracy could be a sign of respect for his predecessors as well as understanding the symbolism inherent of how being Bond means you're not allowed to get too close to anyone. As for killing Blofeld ... again, Blofeld was the leader of an extremely dangerous terrorist organization and therefore a person who should be killed at any given opportunity (like this one), and besides, Blofeld started it. Despite Dalton's license being revoked, MI-6 still codenamed him "Bond" since they had no one else at the time to take up the mantle (keep in mind that there was a six-year gap between Licence to Kill and GoldenEye, meaning it took six years for the new Bond to step in) and it was just a convenient codename for other spies to use in code communication. The last one is this troper's famous "plot hole" to explain: the prologue of GoldenEye does indeed take place one year before the events of The Living Daylights, but remember that in the prologue the mission ends in disaster and Bond is deeply scarred by what happened. In the scene after the intro, set nine years later, Bond is being checked by a government worker to see if he is fit for duty. The timeline goes that after Moore resigned (due to old age, presumably?), Brosnan stepped in as the new James Bond. However, after the failed mission in 1986, he was unfit for the highly stressful and demanding job of James Bond and Dalton replaced him. MI-6, remembering the trouble they had finding a new Bond to suddenly take Lazenby's place (Connery had to come out of retirement before they discovered Moore), kept Brosnan on a watchlist. Once Dalton's license was revoked, they simply put the Bond program on hold or even canceled it, seeing it as a failure. Six years later, the new M (Judi Dench) revived the Bond project and Brosnan was finally well enough to become the fifth Bond - James Bond.
- Never Say Never Again is not offically canon, and thus could be another Bond. Casino Royale (2006) was specifically stated to be a "reboot". The only thing connecting the two timelines is the fact that Judi Dench plays M, which the makers actually stated was simply because Judi Dench was such a recognizable M that Rule of Cool won over continuity.
- Lazenby refers to "the other fellow" (albeit in a Fourth Wall-breaking moment). Clearly his Bond isn't Connery's.
- The most notable evidence is that he and Blofeld don't recognize each other after being together in You Only Live Twice. While Blofeld is known for changing his appearance via plastic surgery, there's no such evidence for Bond. The actual reason was that they adhered too closely to the novel which takes place prior to the two meeting face to face.
- Could also be a case of I Know You Know I Know, where both Bond and Blofeld are simply trying to out-gambit each other, with Blofeld trying to see how much Bond knows, and Bond trying to uncover a deeper plot.
- Connery's Bond later shows up in The Rock.
- Also, take the example of the new Casino Royale: Craig's Bond is explicitly new on the job, but M is the same as she was for Brosnan's.
- Problem with that, though, is he's referred to as "James Bond" before he's officially made a Double-0.
- It might simply be procedure at MI6 to screen potential James Bonds by first granting them the name and then assigning them the official number only after they've proven themselves in the field.
- Or perhaps everyone at MI-6 has a codename: after all, we have seen more than one Q, more than one Moneypenny, more than one M. It could be that "James Bond" is just a randomly assigned name - or they assign names by psychological profile or something.
- The other problem with trying to fit Craig's Bond into any kind of continuity is that Casino Royale is a franchise reboot.
- Franchise reboot, but the exact same M as the last Brosnan films? Riiight....
- Yes, "riiight". Reboots don't have to be complete wipes of everything single thing that came before to be reboots.
- Not the same M, just the same actress.
- Very possible. Brosnan's era M refers to Bond as a Cold War relic and chastises him for it, whereas Craig's era M states that she misses the Cold War.
- That's not necessarily a discontinuity. It could be "you're a relic, while I've moved on." Or it may simply be "the grass is greener". If you consider the year each film was written/produced as the year it's set in, all of Brosnan's stories happened before 9/11. (Die Another Day just squeaks under - it was produced throughout 2001 and released in 2002). Casino Royale (2006) is the first one explicitly set after that. You might miss the Cold War too, an era (in Hollywood History) where the good guys and bad guys were much more clear cut and the politics considerably less messy. Different era, different sentiments, like a person who longs for cooler weather at the height of summer and dreams of summer in the middle of February.
- The filmmakers actually said that because Judi Dench was such a memorable M (anyone who went into the James Bond series during the Brosnan era will definitely recognize Judi Dench as M) that they included her anyways. Rule of Cool won over continuity.
- Although it doesn't appear in the movie itself, tie-in material to GoldenEye gives M's name as Barbara Mawdsley; however, a blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot in Skyfall gives M's name as Olivia Mansfield. Although it's probably unintentional, it could be taken as evidence that the Brosnan-era M and Craig-era M are two separate characters who happen to be played by the same person.
- Problem with that, though, is he's referred to as "James Bond" before he's officially made a Double-0.
- Fun fact: there are three Bonds who look like Sean Connery. (The first one, the one between Lazenby and Moore, and the one in "Never Say Never Again.")
- At least one of which was really Henry Jones, Sr.
- Or it could have just been Connery's Bond who was convinced to come back for a couple missions.
- This actually works very well, for the skip between "Twice" and "Diamonds." He retired and was replaced, but the new man fell in love, got married, and his wife was murdered, forcing his resignation. Without time to train a new man, they bring back the old one, who was friends with his temporary replacement (perhaps having trained him), and who was on one last revenge mission to avenge his friend's loss before reporting for duty.
- This would make Miss Moneypenny seem a lot less insensitive, when she asks Connery for a diamond (engagement) ring. Not very nice for a guy whose wife just died.
- My theory is that if you're gonna get hung up on all that stuff, you'll drive yourself crazy. Let's just say that Casino Royale has no relation to any of the other Bond films. They just hit the reset button and started a new series, without being hampered by anything from the other films. They simply cast Judi Dench because she's a good actor and was available at the time.
- Judging from the last two films, hiding the true names of MI-6 personnel may be standard practice for the agency. Casino Royale (2006) portrays Judi Dench's M as being quite upset that Bond has discovered her name and home address. Quantum of Solace, meanwhile, reveals that "Rene Mathis" is only a cover name for that character, though he apparently continued to use it after his "retirement" from MI-6.
- Connery, Lazenby, Moore, Dalton, and Brosnan were all the same person. The apparent lack of aging (or at least very slow aging) is justified by a sliding time-scale, similar to that of the Pre-Crisis DC Comics. Craig, on the other hand, assumed the identity upon the former's retirement, which explains why M & Q look so different than they did at the start of the series.
- Presumably, they're all required to introduce themselves the same way, have essentially the same basic personalities, and order vodka martinis, shaken not stirred. Not buying it.
- Personalities can be a result of spy training, and martini is just an advice (Bond at least once order something else - mojito), the introduction is something first Bond used, and the rest follows because they think it's cool.
- I never said the martini was Bond's only drink. But he does seem to have a clear preference for it. What about all the references to Tracy and her death? Or the fact that both Pierce Brosnan and George Lazenby have the same family motto, The World Is Not Enough? Hereï¿½s my counter-theory. Actors age. They get new different guys to take over the role. Further clarification isn't required.
- Personalities can be a result of spy training, and martini is just an advice (Bond at least once order something else - mojito), the introduction is something first Bond used, and the rest follows because they think it's cool.
- Considering Moore and Lazenby the same person helps out a lot. Lazenby and Moore do look quite a like, actually. We can say Lazenby's quit for a while, Connery's came back, and over the time, Lazenby became Moore.
- At least one of the Bonds is James Bond Jr..
- This theory is Jossed by Skyfall, where we learn that Daniel Craig's character's real name is James Bond, as the movie shows he was called that before he became an MI-6 agent. We also see the grave of his parents, and his father's surname is "Bond" too.
- Perhaps not; all the "James Bonds" are different agents that just happen to really be half-Scottish men named James Bond.
- With the same family motto, too? ("The world is not enough.") The motto is referenced in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The World Is Not Enough, and Skyfall.
- “The World Is Not Enough,” or “Non Sufficiat Orbis” in the original Latin, is the motto of the real-life Bond family (after whom Bond Street in London is named).
- This troper's preferred solving of that problem: the original Bond (Connery) was actually named James Bond. Others were given the codename (and cover details like the signature drink order, family motto, and Aston Martin) to keep the bad guys fearing him. Craig is also actually named James Bond… because Connery was his grandfather, and he's named after him. His parents' car crash may have been an accident, or it may have been a strike against Connery… but the important part is that it lets all six James Bonds be different guys in the same continuity. Hell, Moore and Dalton reacting to references to their marriage is just them keeping up their cover too; they are spies, after all.
- Alternatively, to use a bit of a retcon, the other Bonds were the previous 007's, but weren't named James Bond in this continuity.
- So, essentially, you would need to mess with the continuity (assume the previous James Bonds weren't actually James Bonds) to justify a theory that was originally coined to explain messes in the continuity? Sounds a bit pointless, no? Wouldn't it be easier to just say that before Craig, there was only one Bond who existed in a Comic-Book Time type of continuity, and this continuity was rebooted with Casino Royale, with Craig being only the second iteration of the character?
- Another possibility: James Bond is a codename, but every James Bond is brainwashed to believe it's his real name. Specifically, they're brainwashed by Dr Albert Hirsch, AKA "Kincaid", AKA Albert Finney, who runs the Skyfall facility (which is mothballed between Bonds). Whenever a Bond starts wondering where he comes from, he goes back to Skyfall, and the story of an orphan who couldn't bear to return home. And if he does visit, he finds an empty house, a couple of inexplicable tunnels (the actual facility is well hidden), a helpful old retainer, and a grave with appropriate dates on it.
- Interesting theory, but why exactly would MI-6 go through all the trouble? What do they gain from the brainwashing? Also, if this theory were true, why does a character in The Spy Who Loved Me recognize Moore as "James Bond", the person who went to Cambridge with him? Back when Moore was a student on Cambridge, Connery (or the person preceding him) would've been the official 007/James Bond, so why was Moore called James Bond too? Also, why would people who aren't working for MI-6 play along their brainwashing game? For example, as mentioned above, in The Living Daylights Felix Leiter, General Pushkin, and a hotel concierge all recognize Timothy Dalton as "James Bond", an old acquaintance. But if the brainwashing theory was true, this "old acquaintance" is actually a totally new guy. Maybe Leiter has some reason to humor the MI-6 and act as if the new Bond is the old Bond, but why would Pushkin and some random concierge do the same?
- Possible alternate theory- MI-6 organizes simulations based on previous 007 cases and puts the "new Bond" through them as a test. Would explain discrepancies between books, and different adaptations of the same films.
- The director of Die Another Day supports the theory of James Bond being a code name and seeing as how he didn't work on the Daniel Craig films, the theory about it being true in the ones before Daniel Craig might make sense.
- Perhaps not; all the "James Bonds" are different agents that just happen to really be half-Scottish men named James Bond.
- Roger Moore's Bond started out as Simon Templar and was later recruited to MI6 when Connery's Bond retired.
- Whereas Brosnan was... uh... "not" Remington Steele.
- Connery’s Bond retires or “is given a staff job at headquarters” after the events of You Only Live Twice. He is replaced by Lazenby’s Bond. Lazenby’s Bond is clearly more sentimental than Connery’s Bond, showing that he is a separate person, and even makes reference to “the other guy.” After the death of his wife at the end of the film, Lazenby’s Bond suffers an emotional breakdown and is forced to retire from the field. Connery’s Bond briefly returns to avenge his successor’s wife and finish off SPECTRE once and for all. With SPECTRE finally defeated for good after Diamonds Are Forever, Connery’s Bond once again enters retirement, satisfied that his mission is complete. Moore’s Bond replaces him. At some point before For Your Eyes Only, MI6 finds out Blofeld is still alive and is planning to send a helicopter to kidnap Lazenby’s Bond while he is visiting his wife’s grave. In order to get rid of Blofeld for good without putting Lazenby’s retired Bond in danger, they have Moore (he being the current Bond) pose as Lazenby’s Bond so that the helicopter will kidnap him instead and take him to Blofeld. Of course, it’s all part of the plan for Moore’s Bond to be taken to Blofeld so he can kill him. Blofeld is finally killed off after being dropped into the chimney. After A View to a Kill, Moore’s Bond, now in his 60’s, retires and is briefly replaced by Brosnan’s Bond (as seen at the beginning of GoldenEye, set in 1986). However, Brosnan’s Bond is so distraught over the “death” of his friend Alec Trevelyan, that he is deemed unfit to hold a license to kill and is demoted. He is replaced by Dalton’s Bond. Dalton’s Bond is forced into retirement after the events of Licence to Kill (while M was willing to forgive him, it’s not hard to imagine that the higher ups in MI-6 would not want a rogue agent working for them and would overrule M). Another Bond presumably serves from 1990-1994 and is probably killed in action. Judi Dench’s M probably takes office after this, hence the discussion about whether or not she has the guts to send a man to his death. At the beginning of post-credits GoldenEye, we see Brosnan’s Bond undergoing psychiatric evaluation in Monte Carlo. This is the point where he is deemed mentally fit to once again hold a license to kill, and is repromoted to 007. Since we know from Skyfall that Dench’s M was not above deceiving her agents, it’s probable she already knew that Janus was the former Alec Trevelyan, and purposely assigned this mission to Brosnan’s Bond as a final psychological test, or to help him get rid of his inner demons. Sometime between Everything or Nothing and Casino Royale (2006), Brosnan’s Bond either retires or is killed in action. In Casino Royale (2006), we see Craig’s Bond undergoing training to become the new 007. Around the same time, a new terrorist organization starts to form, and calls itself Spectre after the original organization. Its founder, whose real name is Franz Oberhauser, adopts the alias Ernst Blofeld in honour of the original mastermind. Since Craig’s Bond was not around during the Cold War, he has never heard of the original SPECTRE (the existence of which was presumably kept secret by MI6). However, M was around during the Cold War (even if she wasn’t serving as M at that time), and so has heard of it. She is thus very concerned by this new “Spectre” organization, and leaves a video message for Bond giving him the pieces he needs to find out about it and topple it before it can grow into the big organization it once was. Craig’s Bond, who is shown to have grown tired of killing, probably quits after Spectre, which would coincide nicely with Daniel Craig’s claim that he doesn’t plan to return as Bond.
- All the named characters at MI6 are using aliases, including “Boothroyd” (Q), Bill Tanner and Moneypenny. Both the original Q from Dr. No and Desmond Llewelyn’s Q were referred to as Boothroyd. In Skyfall, “Eve” revealing her last name to be Moneypenny comes as a revelation, even though they have apparently known each other for a long time. The implication is that Bond knows “Moneypenny” is the alias of M’s secretary, and he prompted her into revealing her new job title. Also, the original Moneypenny (played by Lois Maxwell) was a redhead who was never shown wearing glasses. In her last few appearances, they directly reference the fact that she is getting old and nearing retirement. However, come The Living Daylights, she is suddenly young, blonde and wears glasses. The change of appearance is too drastic to be ignored.
- Further proof: 1) Connery’s Bond and Moore’s Bond do not seem angry when they are getting revenge on Blofeld in Diamonds Are Forever and For Your Eyes Only; they treat it more with amusement. This is in stark contrast to Lazenby’s Bond, who was completely devastated by her death, and Dalton’s Bond, who would have hunted him down like a revenge-fueled psychopath. 2) Recurring actors playing the same characters from one era to another discredits the idea that they are reboots. 3) References to previous Bond films from different eras further solidifies this. Even Skyfall references GoldenEye. 4) On the other hand, Bond does not age from Connery’s era to Brosnan’s era, discrediting the idea that they are the same character. 5) Apart from physical appearances, the different Bond actors also have very distinct personalities (see below) 6) Lazenby referring to “the other guy” in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. 7) In Skyfall, Silva’s real name is revealed to be Tiago Rodriguez. This is proof that MI6 gives it's agents permanent aliases. Presumably, then, Raoul Silva is the official alias of whatever 00 agent he was. 8) In On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Blofeld acts like this is the first time he has met Bond, even though he previously met Connery's Bond in You Only Live Twice 9) In The Living Daylights, Saunders tells Dalton's Bond, in a condescending tone "He's under the impression you're the best", with emphasis on "under the impression." If this were the same Bond from the previous films, Saunders would have no reason to doubt his ability. The implication is that, while Koskov thinks James Bond is one man, Saunders knows this Bond is a rookie.
- Answer’s to possible objections: 1) Brosnan’s M criticizes him for being a relic of the Cold War, but Craig’s M misses the Cold War. They are two separate people. Answer: In the 1990’s, there was wide spread optimism that, with the Cold War over, world peace had finally been achieved. M was reflecting this mood. 9/11 and subsequent terrorist attacks crushed that optimism. Now, everyone was paranoid about domestic terrorism, and cyber-spying had become a major issue. M’s optimism had also been crushed, and she now missed the more simplistic days of the Cold War. 2) References to Bond’s dead wife. Answer: I’ve already addressed For Your Eyes Only. Every other reference beyond that is vague. In The Spy Who Loved Me, Anya briefly mentions Bond's wife before Bond cuts her off. It is likely that Anya did not know there were separate Bond's, and Moore's Bond cut her off so she wouldn't ask him any questions about Tracy that he didn't have the answers to. Brosnan’s Bond is simply mentioned to have lost a loved one. Who hasn’t? That could even be referring to Carver’s wife in Tomorrow Never Dies. Dalton’s Bond is mentioned to have had a short lived marriage that he doesn’t like to discuss. He may have coincidentally had a wife who died, or his marriage could have simply ended in divorce, and he doesn’t like to talk about it because he’s felt lonely ever since. 3) The Bond’s recognize gadgets from previous films. Answer: This doesn’t mean anything. If a gadget had proven to be useful in the field, then Q Branch would have every reason to reuse it. The other “Bond’s” had presumably served as secret agents before being promoted to 007, and so would be familiar with gadgets. 4) They have the same catchphrases. Answer: Could just be a Gag Echo that has no greater significance, or it could be that each Bond is mentored by the previous Bond. One Bond told his protégé “you should try vodka martinis, they’re great. Just be sure to get them shaken, not stirred”, and it became a thing. 5) The gravemarker in Skyfall. Answer: It was faked to help keep Bond's real identity secret. 6) The different Bonds have the same personalities. Answer: Actually, they don’t. Not at all. This point is actually in favour of the different Bond’s theory. Connery’s Bond is very chauvinistic and a bit sexist, but he’s also by far the classiest of the Bond’s. Lazenby’s Bond is far more sentimental and more of a Nice Guy. Then Moore’s Bond is very cheeky, childish and unprofessional compared to the previous Bond’s. He’s more of a Manchild, and doesn’t have the classiness of Connery’s Bond. Dalton’s Bond is very mature, introverted and professional. He’s much more serious and edgy. Brosnan’s Bond has Moore’s childishness, but he’s also more mature and serious when he needs to be. Craig’s Bond is very different. While he does seduce women when the job calls for it, he’s not nearly the womanizer that the previous Bonds were (a lot of fans have complained about that). His loyalty to MI-6 is also much more wavering (as shown in Skyfall and Spectre) then the previous Bond’s, and he is shown in Spectre to not be particularly fond of killing. Not to mention that he’s even hinted to be bisexual in Skyfall. One need only compare the way the Bond’s interact with Q to see that they are different people. Connery’s Bond likes to fiddle with the gadgets, but he remains quiet and actually listens to Q. Moore’s Bond, on the other hand, is constantly making cheeky remarks, and it is very evident that Q finds him more irritating than the other Bond’s. Dalton’s Bond behaves very mature and respectfully around Q, and in turn, Q treats him with a great deal of respect.
- There are still numerous details that disprove this WMG. Some of them were already mentioned above, but let's repeat them here and rebuke some of the other evidence for this theory:
- In The Spy Who Loved Me, Roger Moore's Bond meets an old university mate of his, who recognises him as "James Bond". But back when Moore was in university, according to this theory either Connery or a predecessor of his would've been the official "James Bond". So Moore would've still had his original name, yet this guy knows him as James Bond.
- In the The Living Daylights, there are several references of Dalton's Bond having been in this job for a long time. For example, Bond mentions to M that he's known General Pushkin for quite a while. When the two meet in the movie, Pushkin recognizes Dalton as James Bond without him having to introduce himself, and the two treat each other as long-time worthy opponents. Also, Felix Leiter and a random concierge at a hotel in Tangier both recognize Dalton as James Bond, an old acquaintance. These meetings shouldn't play out the way they do if Dalton was a new guy who'd replaced the old "James Bond" within the last two years.
- In Licence to Kill, Dalton's character is still called "James Bond" even after he quits. If he was playing a different character, at this point the MI-6 should refer to him with his real name, not his codename.
- Recurring actors playing the same characters doesn't really mean anything. There's no rule that if the same actor plays the same character in two different movies, they must be in the same continuity. For example, Connery plays James Bond in Never Say Never Again, which is clearly not set in the same continuity as the other Connery Bonds.
- Similarly, the fact that Moneypenny's appearance changes between A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights doesn't really prove anything. Either the latter movie is a partial reboot (with some characters changing while others remain the same), or the movie-makers simply didn't care about consistent continuity that much.
- The idea that the grave in Skyfall was faked by MI-6 to conceal Bond's identity doesn't make sense. The grave is situated at the ancestral family estate of Daniel Craig's character, so if someone managed to follow Bond's tracks that far back, they would already know who he really is. A grave with a fake name wouldn't fool anyone who's come this far. Also, Kincade, the gamekeeper who resides in the family manor, has known Bond since he was a kid and refers to him by his name. If Bond's real name wasn't "James Bond", why would Kincade play along the charade and use the fake name when he has no reason to do so?
- In Spectre, Oberhauser, who also knew Bond when he was a kid, calls him "James". If "James Bond" is a fake identity, he would have a different name as kid. So why would Oberhauser humour him and not use his real name, which he knows?
- The ring with the octopus symbol in Spectre is treated as a mystery that Bond needs to solve. However, if the movie was in the same continuity as the older Bonds, surely the current James Bond would be familiar with his predecessors' work and would immediately recognise the symbol as referring to the organisation they fought against in the 1960s and 1970s? And if for some reason he didn't know about that history, surely a quick database search for the symbol by Q would reveal it? But as it is, no one seems to know or refer to this long history between MI-6 and SPECTRE, and SPECTRE is treated as totally new adversary.
- Towards the end of Spectre, Oberhauser is wounded and gets a similar facial scar as the original Blofeld had. If the earlier Blofeld existed in the same continuity, it's quite an amazing coincidence that Oberhauser just happens to be wounded in the exact same way his predecessor was.
- He could remember Bond, but with so many years having passed by, just doesn't remember what he looked like exactly
- As already stated in the theory, the 00 agents have presumably served as traditional secret agents for many years before they get promoted to 00 agent
- Rauol Silva was also still called by that name many years after he defected, even though it wasn't his real name
- Films from different Bond eras do, in fact, reference events from previous Bond eras, confirming that they are set in the same continuity
- That would have to be a pretty big continuity error, and it's not just her appearance, it's also the fact that the previous films referenced her getting older and nearing retirement
- The facial scar on Oberhauser is no more coincidental than M having a male secretary named "Penny" in Casino Royale, only for a female named "Moneypenny" to also get the job in Skyfall. Either way, there are coincidences to be had
- The rest of the points can be explained by the theory (discussed elsewhere) that Craig's Bond has been raised and manipulated by M since childhood into believing that he really was "James Bond." Silva does imply that this was the case with himself, and hints that it was the case with Bond as well, calling him a "brother" and noting their similar backstories (Was the island he talks about his own version of Skyfall? Was his "grandmother" his own version of Kinkade, both secretly working for M?).This would also offer an interesting take on why Craig's Bond seems less loyal to MI-6, and more put off about killing, then the previous Bond's. Whereas the previous Bond's chose that life, Craig's Bond was manipulated into it by M ever since he was orphaned.
Going from the above WMG, the new bond and MI-6 use less fantastic tech because of the lack of the Cold WarIn the real world, the Eastern and the Western often made technology that was flashier than it was useful. Spear guns for underwater combat, jet packs, a nuclear bomb strong enough to level a small country, the entire space race. The longer the Cold War went on, the sillier the things got. In the Bond universe, the secret agencies got into this as well, making elaborate death traps, and gadgets that were Awesome, but Impractical. What ever objectives they were assigned basically went to the way side in a contest who could come up with the silliest and flashiest piece of tech and use it in the dumbest ways, almost making the Russians a Friendly Enemy. However, after the wall fell and 911 hit, the enemy changed. No longer was it the agents of a world power who could afford both the silly tech and whose leader felt the simple solution was just boring and viewed the whole ordeal as a game more than anything else. Now the villains don't hold back, will only avoid shooting you if you have something they need, and care more about the ends than the means. Wristwatch lasers, Moon bases, invisible cars, all of these things are pretty much useless against bad guys who go back to the basics and and hold nothing back.
The name "Felix Leiter" serves the same function as Bond's in the CIAThere are also multiple active "Felix Leiter"'s in the CIA at any given time. David Hedison's Felix Leiter was active between Live and Let Die and Licence to Kill, but Bond worked with John Terry's Felix Leiter during the events of The Living Daylights as Hedison's Leiter was busy elsewhere during most of the Roger Moore era. This gives the CIA the ability to disavow a Felix Leiter who gets captured.
- If deniability is the name of the game, there would need to be at least three active Felix Leiter agents; two (or more) in the field and one who works at Langley and is always accounted for.
- The only rub is that Hedison's fiance/wife referred to him as Felix. Would he really marry under a cover name?
- No, but by the time he got round to telling her his real name she had got used to calling him Felix. And in times of stress (like a wedding, or a horrible murder) she reverted back to her old habit.
- If deniability is the name of the game, there would need to be at least three active Felix Leiter agents; two (or more) in the field and one who works at Langley and is always accounted for.
"Ernst Stavro Blofeld" is an alias used by whoever is the current head of SPECTRE.SPECTRE does not tolerate failure. In fact, they have a habit of killing people who fail in their set tasks. This is why Blofeld looks different in every movie, and why he doesn't recognize Bond when they come face to face in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
- Blofeld and Bond never really saw each other face to face until On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Remember, Blofeld wasn't directly involved in any of those schemes. It was one of his henchmen that was running the show in the previous movies.
- In Diamonds Are Forever, Blofeld appears to be able to surgically alter doubles so convincing that he's not even sure if he's the real Blofeld
- The Blofeld seen in From Russia With Love and Thunderball is indeed the real Ernst Stavro Blofeld. The one in You Only Live Twice (Donald Pleasence) is just a stand-in, and died during the eruption. The real Blofeld (Telly Savalas) and Bond finally come face-to-face in On Her Majesty's Service That can explain why they do not recognize each other. After killing his wife, Blofeld goes into hiding, and puts another stand-in in charge. (Charles Gray) The stand-in is killed in the opening teaser, as HIS stand-ins are left in charge. That wold explain why Blofeld acts so strangely in Diamonds Are Forever. He's just an actor suddenly in charge of a terrorist organization. Finally, the Blofeld in For Your Eyes Only is the real Blofeld again, notice the heavy similarities between that one and the Telly Savalas Blofeld, last time we saw him. Bond finally has his revenge on Blofeld, dropping him down the smokestack.
"Blofeld" is the catEvery time Blofeld is shown onscreen, he's got his trademark white cat. The actor portraying Blofeld, though, is always different. Ergo, as the only element of continuity in all his appearances, the cat must itself be Blofeld. Pleasance, Savalas, Gray, Sydow and the rest? Expendable fall guys who are either paid actors, men helplessly under the cat's direct control or ambitious dupes who think they're the Dragon-in-Chief.
- This fits Real Life; "dogs have owners, cats have servants". Just check out the heyday of the newsgroup alt.cats.world.domination (yes, it exists) to see this WMG in action.
Bond has to kill someone to drive a car.In one movie Q is berating Bond for destroying yet another car when he says "You have a license to kill, not to drive." Therefore Bond has to use the several thousand pound vehicles as weapons to justify their use.
- The actual quote is "...not to break the traffic laws." So, perhaps if he's killing someone he gets a sort of diplomatic immunity to parking tickets?
The stories are sexed-up accounts to justify Bond's outrageous expense reports."M" has to justify James Bond blowing millions of pounds at casinos in the Caribbean. She says "Well, he stopped a... a.. death ray. Mr. Prime Minister, let me have my tech guy "Q" explain it to you. It's very complex."
- Except for Bond being a ridiculously good gambler who always walks away with more money than he started with...
- In her stories he's a great gambler. In real life, he could be awful.
- They also have to justify the property damage he commits.
- Why does it just have to be Bond's outrageous expenses? Why would M go out of the way to cover for the drunken antics of just one guy? James Bond's sexed up stories is the excuse for ALL of the outrageous drunken parties, casino runs, prositutes that everybody, including M, is partipating. "Prime Minister, James Bond had to stop a man with a... a GOLDEN GUN, yeah, a golden gun... on the very beautiful island of Ko Tapu that he had went alone without anyone else from M-I6 coming with him, saving the world by blowing up the island in what obviously wasn't an attempt to hide evidence of our agency gambling $25 million dollars, my three Thai male escorts, and an umbrella away.
There is a real 00 project. In Real Life.The whole series of books and films exists to distract people. The 00s exist. They are nowhere near as fantastic, highly sexed, or suave as depicted (that is added for entertainment value), but they are real. The reason they have remained hidden is that anyone who comes across evidence of them thinks he has just stumbled across a film script, book excerpt, or fan material. (People who investigate too closely might become vulnerable to that license of theirs...)
- The British government must have some kind of a hit team on call. They did back in the Troubles.
- Alternatively, there is a real-life 00 project, but it has nothing to do with the books and movies; the agents involved are just James Bond fans who named their organization after the franchise as a homage.
- If so, Fleming's fictional "00s" may have came about due to the very probable "James Bond is actually semi-autobiographical" theory below.
The movies and books are a government-sponsored simulationIn the movie and book universes, in the 20th century, there was a 00 agent named James Bond who did have all the adventures of the books and the movies. Now, in a futuristic cyberpunk age, a totalitarian government is putting new agents on an elaborate Virtual Reality training to make an army of "James Bonds". That's why Bond looks different in different movies: each actor is one of those new agents training in Virtual Reality to "be" Bond.
- Why would a totalitarian government want such a loose cannon? Seems more the sort of guy a resistance would be after.
- The simulation has been hacked. This explains why he can be shot from close range with a machine gun and evade every bullet.
- Either this or the Metal Gear and James Bond universes are one and the same.
- Bond teaming up with Solid Snake would be so awesome, the universe would dance in joy. Seriously speaking, though, Bond has already been established as a fictional character in the Metal Gear universe. But, seeing how the truth behind famous missions or people like Big Boss is Shrouded in Myth, maybe there is a real Agent 007 carrying out black ops missions, but passed off as a fictional character rather than being covered in legends.
At some point, Blofeld & Oddjob will return.Furthermore, one will have his brain transplanted into the other's body. Given the terrible pun names we've already been subjected to, this isn't too far fetched.
- ...What's so punny about "Oddfeld"?
- Only he will be renamed Liefeld.
Mr. White is the new BlofeldHe has lived through two movies (and is thus going to appear in at least three movies) as a Bond villain. He has lived through an entire movie after James Bond put a bullet in him. No one save Blofeld has done the first (Jaws managed maybe one and a half before the Heel–Face Turn), and no one has ever managed the second. There is no way these feats are performed by, and that much slow buildup given to, a character whose importance is anything less than 'epic master villain'. It is likely that Mr. White was not the seniormost director of Quantum during "Casino Royale" (although the importance and nature of his activities suggests that he was Deputy Director of Operations or similar); but the vacancies Bond has caused in Quantum's command structure and is likely to continue causing in future movies should place him in the highest leadership position fairly quickly.
- As for the 'Deputy Director of Operations' speculation above: Mr. White's role in "Casino Royale" is to arrange an introduction for Le Chiffre to one of Quantum's terrorist clients, and then to dispose of Le Chiffre and recover Quantum's financial losses when Le Chiffre proves unreliable. These are activities normally performed by mere field agents, and mere field agents do not get to attend Board of Directors meetings. For that matter, Quantum doesn't need Le Chiffre's financial network; Dominic Greene's own corporate fronts were far more extensive money laundering and financial fraud operations. So the only way Quantum's involvement in "Casino Royale" makes sense is if Le Chiffre is being considered as a candidate member of Quantum's hierarchy. This is entirely probable, as Le Chiffre (had he not been fatally addicted to dipping into the till) would have been an excellent recruit for such - and supervising the final field test of and then cleaning up after the failure of a candidate for a senior management position is something that would logically be handled personally at directorate level.
James Bond is actually semi-autobiographical.Ian Fleming served in the Royal Navy during World War II, and achieved the rank of Commander (just like Bond). His cousin, Christopher Lee, also served in the Royal Army. Winston Churchill then commissioned a special team assembled from the most skilled members of each branch of the military. They were then deployed for special missions in Axis territory. That's right, they were part of the original Inglourious Basterds... After the war, all the records were sealed under the highest level of government secrecy. The exact nature of their assignments remain classified to this day, not to be revealed until the last of the members has died. Since he was sworn to secrecy, perhaps this was Flemming's way of letting the world know of the great service he did (some details exaggerated, of course).
- Didn't Flemming Confirm this somewhere? Also, Cracked had an article about this too.
James Bond is a Time Lord.And, in his Dalton incarnation, is the new Lord President of Gallifrey.
- Actually, this makes perfect sense. It explains the different appearances AND all the continuity nods to past Bond movies. This might also be a reason why they rebooted the franchise: Daniel Craig is a new Bond because the old one had reached his regeneration limit (which means that Connery wasn't his first incarnation and that "James Bond" actually is a code name, but for different Time Lords, who, as we all know, can regenerate twelve times).
- I was just thinking this as I watched my first Daniel Craig Bond movie. Glad to see someone else is on the same wavelength.
- Perhaps James Bond is a British super-soldier made from a combination of DNA obtained from The Third Doctor when he was banished to earth and the original Sean Connery James Bond. The dates correspond quite well. It explains his longevity, changes to appearance and personality. Also his general tenacity to improvise and survive. Previously they kept their memories but the British government after Dalton went AWOL decided to wipe it with Brosnan. That's why Brosnan's bond is relatively unburdened with the history with the wives. More recently he has been regenerated and memory wiped into Daniel Craig. Perhaps the coincidence with Dalton and Rassilon is the side effect of some Morphic field.
- A different interpretation of the dates match: Connery's James Bond is an alternate version of the Third Doctor, and the other Bonds are his subsequent regenerations note . When the Second Doctor is forced to regenerate, he is given a choice of several faces- in an alternate timeline, he chooses Connery (Who could have been the face the Doctor remarks is "too young") instead of Pertwee. During his exile on Earth, he joins MI-6 instead of UNIT.
- It's shown up as fanfic before.
- That's the best explanation I've heard so far. I'll also say that Ernst Stavro Blofeld and Felix Leiter are Time Lords, and that Miss Moneypenny is a Time Lady.
Daniel Craig's James Bond is using a Fob-watchExpanding from the above theory, we can assume that at some point his memory got erased some time before Casino Royale; however, that movie came out in 2006, a year after the Time War was revealed. This means, during the gap between Die Another Day and Casino Royale, he was off fighting the Time War at some point. He realized that he was going to die there, though, turned himself human and sent himself back to earth; this is why he does not remember anything from the past movies, and is also why a lot of the wackiness has gone out of his character since then.
Felix Leiter is a Time LordAnd the CIA he's working for is actually the Celestial Intervention Agency. MI-5's standard operating procedure. He DOES break, but rather than spew information, he goes into a dream world of his own creation, explaining why Die Another Day is so over-the-top in comparison to other films. The references to previous films are his memories, both of himself and of the Bonds before him, working their way into his dreams.
- I see your WMG and raise you a slightly more elaborate version:
Bond died for real in Die Another DayThe scene where he slowed his heart down? He flatlined. In the few seconds between, though, he parleyed with Death to spare him. Death either couldn't or wouldn't spare him, but, out of sheer kindness, granted him one last victory lap in an adventure which spanned all of his memories. That's why Bond is so overpowered with the invisible car and all: Death pulled out all the stops and gave him a big ol' party.
If they ever somehow met, Bond could defeat Dio Brando.After all, Dio would soon find that, against Bond, Za Warudo Is Not Enough. ... * Brick'd*
James Bond is Telekinetic...and, by extension, so are all other 00 agents. This is why James Bond, Alec Trevelyan, and other 00-agents are by and large capable of dodging immense amounts of bullets and performing dangerous stunts without injury. They're not dodging the bullets: they're pushing them out of the way.
James Bond is a family businessThe reason there appear to be several James Bonds with different appearances is that they are all branches or generations of the same family. In the UK there are many aristocratic families that have hereditary rights or duties; why not a whole family of spies? The family traditionally names its sons James. Due to the evidently hereditary sex drive of the Bonds, there is always a plentiful supply of new James Bonds to take over the role when the current holder of the title retires or dies. The existence of "James Bond Junior" (who is also a spy) in the spin-off cartoon would seem to support this idea. - Just realised this also explains why successive Bonds have the same family motto ("The World is not Enough") even though they appear to be different people.
James Bond is intentionally a high-profile 'spy'He is, in fact, MI-6's troubleshooter, and not a normal spy. He is only sent in when there is known to be someone operating who needs to be uncovered and stopped, not to do the more normal spy work of gathering information. As such, his preferred operating procedure is to enter the situation and make sure people know he is there, while doing some minor information gathering. The point is to panic the opposition by having them think that 'James Bond' is closing in on them, and have them react and try to take him out. At which point he is expected to use his skill in escaping and surviving, and trace back the attack to find the target he is after.
- Correct. People like Kerim Bey or Dikko Hendersen are the real spies, the people who stay in a certain place long term and try to build up an information network about everything that goes on in those places. Bond doesn't do that. He's an assassin, not a spy. "Troubleshooter" might be a better word, as you said.
- As far back as Dr. No, this was implied by M's line "Unless you'd prefer to return to standard intelligence duties." The 00s are definitely not normal spies and much more like elite assassins.
James Bond is a VampireThis is a pet theory I've had for years. Why doesn't Bond age? How does he keep surviving explosions and gunshots 'n' stuff? And what happens to the women he beds between the movies? The answer is obvious. James Bond (and all other 00 Agents, for that matter) is a vampire. Faced with supernatural threats, MI-6 decided to fight fire with fire by acquiring vampires and using them as spies. The reason Bond's various bedmates seem to vanish after the end of every movie is because he DRAINS them. One of the few inversions is Tracy (from OHMSS) who Bond actually fell in love with. Another thing: why does Bond only drink a shaken Vodka Martini? Because (for some odd reason) it's capable of sating his vampiric bloodlust. The other 00s are obviously vampires as well: how else can you explain Alec/Janus/006 surviving a 300-foot fall at the end of GoldenEye? Finally, I think similar reasoning can be extended to other villains as well, most notably Jaws (obviously a bizarre vampire or invincible zombie), Baron Samedi (an actual voodoo spirit) and Oddjob (whom I strongly suspect is some kind of Golem).
- More specifically, he could be a White Court Vampire (as in the Dresden Files), as many feed on sex, and have few to no supernatural powers other than the general superhuman abilities (super strength, speed, etc), and don't burn up in the sun.
- Well, they have some freaky mojo (their blood is one hell of a drug), they can induce emotion (though JB's ability to bed women might be because of that), and they can drain people for personal power, but otherwise, most supernatural abilities they have shown in the books are from external sources.
James Bond is a robot from FuturamaHe only needs to drink alcohol for sustenance. He can eat food, but he doesn't have to. He doesn't need to sleep, but he can when he wants to.
Q is a Time Lord.And his workshop is his TARDIS. Its chameleon circuit actually works, so it shows up disguised as a room in a building wherever it needs to be; this allows him to be there to kit out James Bond on location, and do the same for other agents at the same time.
- Then why has he never regenerated?
- He has, assuming that the armorer form Dr. No—you know, the guy who makes fun of Bond and then equips him with a new weapon for his upcoming mission—regenerated into the guy who does the very same thing in every other movie until Die Another Day.
- It is also possible that R is really future Q.
- Then why has he never regenerated?
Miss Moneypenny is a Time Lady.Same reason as the others. Change of appearance.
James Bond is this universe's equivalent to Keyser Soze.One of the most frequently mocked aspects of the character is the idea of a world famous secret agent; every criminal and terrorist organization knows about him. But they don't know who he is, just his name, and that he leaves a trail of death and destruction behind him wherever he goes, and just about no one who sees his face lives to tell the tale. This also explains why they never just shoot him. "How do you shoot the Devil in the back? What if you miss?"
Pussy Galore is Bisexual.Having (questionably consensual) sex with one man, even Bond, isnï¿½t going to ï¿½cureï¿½ someone of lesbianism - Pussy was probably bisexual.
Daniel Craig's James Bond travelled back in time and became Sean Connery's James Bond.It's quite clear that Casino Royale is intended as an origin story for James Bond. It shows how he became a 00-agent, acquired his taste for tuxedoes, won his Aston Martin, and found a name for his Vesper martini. However, there are two problems that mean Casino Royale does not work as a straighforward prequel. Firstly, the film is clearly set in the 2000s, whereas Dr No, the very first Bond film, was set in the 1960s. Secondly, the character of M is played in Casino Royale by Judi Dench, who also played M in the last four Pierce Brosnan films. There is only one way that Casino Royale could be James Bond's origin story while still fitting into the same continuity as the previous twenty films: time travel. That's right ï¿½ at some indeterminate point in the 21st century, Daniel Craig's Bond travels back in time to the 1960s, arrives a couple of years before the events of Dr No, and becomes the Sean Connery Bond. Over the following decades, he goes on to become the George Lazenby Bond, the Roger Moore Bond, the Timothy Dalton Bond and the Pierce Brosnan Bond. This makes Casino Royale a sequel in the chronological sense, but a prequel in the sense of character development, as it shows how Bond acquired the iconic characteristics he displayed throughout the previous films. This circular timeline makes it comparable to such time-travel stories as Terminator Salvation. How and why did Bond travel back in time, you ask? Well, who can say? Perhaps our hero's temporal displacement was the result of some villain's elaborate scheme. Maybe MI-6 had something to do with it ï¿½ that would explain why they recognised? their agent from the future. Hey, maybe Bond even volunteered to be sent back. In any case, this would mean that, during the events of Casino Royale, the ancient time-travelling Pierce Brosnan Bond is still out there somewhere, perhaps enjoying a well-earned retirement. Needless to say, this theory is fully compatible with the one which postulates that James Bond is a timelord ï¿½ in fact, it is enhanced by it, as it would explain the whole 'time travel' aspect very nicely.
Lazenby and Dalton played the same BondExtending on the theory that there were multiple agents named James Bond, Most callbacks from Dalton's era are to Lazenby's interpretation of Bond. Thus I hypothesise that these two actors are portraying the same Bond, who is not the same as Connery or Moore's Bond. Still undecided about these johnny-come-lately versions.
Daniel Craig's Bond worked at a construction site earlier in his life.How else would he be able to drive a bulldozer, know what lever unhooked the crane pulley, and lower a scissor lift? He even recognizes a steam pipe and shoots it to spray a mook. (At around 7:44 in this video.)
- There's a fairly good chance that all the Bonds worked on construction projects while in the Navy.
Blofeld is Ian Fleming.In the novel Thunderball, Blofeld was born on May 28, 1908 — the same day as Ian Fleming.
- That was intentional.
The Boothroyd in Dr. No is Q's sonHis father could have just been sick or away that day.
- Q does indeed have a grandson, in James Bond Jr., but the less said about that, the better.....
- Clearly it has to be "Mary".
- Except "Lee Christmas" is almost certainly an alias as well.
The real reason Blofeld never came back is because he died twice.First in the submarine and then through the smokestack. He himself even stated that You Only Live Twice.
Moneypenny is a former Bond Girl from a story that wasn't published.That's the way she teases and flirts with James. She was saved by him and ended up involved in his adventure. She's really into the action of his cases.
With each 007 that takes the moniker, his first ever Bond Girl becomes MoneypennyAnd then Moneypenny is a codename given to his main handler.
Bond was rendered infertile by the torture in Casino RoyaleAssuming Casino Royale is the first Bond film chronologically, when Le Chiffre attacked James's manhood with the knotted rope, it caused enough damage to prevent him from ever having kids. This explains why he can have unprotected sex with pretty much every woman he meets, and yet not one of them ever gets pregnant.
- Alternately, he has dozens of kids, but his status as a covert operative allows him to duck responsibility for them.
- In fairness, we don't exactly get "money shots" of Bond's encounters, he could very well use condoms religiously. Not to mention the various forms of medical contraceptive the women could be using. In GoldenEye, he cracks a joke about "safe sex", so he is at least familiar with the concept.
- It's quite possible he's had a vasectomy.
Francisco Scaramanga is Mr. Roarke's evil twin.Do I even need to explain this one?
- Just in case I do: both Spaniards with identical servants. Both live on private islands. Both provide discreet, expensive services. This can't all be coincidence.
David Niven's Bond is the first BondHe lives through the events of Casino Royale, the first Bond novel (sort of- just pretend they actually directed the film seriously). After that his nephew Jimmy grows to be the Sean Connery incarnation. Don't ask about later book continuity- maybe Moore was active in the field slightly before Connery, hence Live and Let Die is the second book? And the Connery films just got shot out of order? Who knows.
James Bond is a Deathless.
- He doesn't age and changes forms. He's also using magic to deflect bullets.
The 00 Programme is actually a longstanding MI-6 project to produce brainwashed covert operativesRelated to the above - that James Bond is a cover identity used by multiple agents. Massive extrapolation and huge Skyfall spoilers to follow. The 00 programme was started during the cold war to provide the 'perfect covert operative'. Individuals displaying the right combination of physical prowess and mental malleability were taken by MI-6 to a series of training camps around the world, where they were systematically brainwashed, trained to the peak of physical perfection and combat skill, and indoctrinated with complete loyalty to the United Kingdom in general, and to M in particular. They were imprinted with new identities, carefully constructed to support the brainwashing. Skyfall was one of these training camps - an abandoned manor house, where the identity of "James Bond" was constructed - each agent there was given to believe he was the actual James Bond, whose parents had died in a climbing accident, who had served in the navy, and who had joined MI-6. Whenever a 007 died or retired, a new agent was selected, sent to Skyfall for brainwashing and imprinting on whoever was M at the time, given an evaluation period, and sent into the field. Connery!Bond was the first, and showed it was working perfectly. In You Only Live Twice, his cover-story marriage to Kissy Suzuki actually blossomed into love, which put a strain on Bond's programming to be a perfectly cold 'governmental blunt instrument' - he was pensioned off, still thinking he was James Bond, put on a lovely island somewhere under MI-6 supervision, and replaced with Lazenby!Bond. Lazenby!Bond got married on his first mission - when his wife died, Lazenby!Bond lost his mind, and committed suicide. This was a fairly significant embarrassment for the 00 programme - the 007 identity was, hereafter, modified to include a marriage that ended in death, and the next operative, Moore!Bond, began training. Meanwhile, Connery!Bond is brought out of retirement for One Last Mission - the events of Diamonds Are Forever. By then, the new and improved James Bond personality Mark II had been developed - the addition of his wife's death to the mix to psychologically bar him from developing deep personal relationships with women, and a less callous, more suave personality, emerged. Moore!Bond had a long and successful career with MI-6, but was physically aging - by the time of his final mission (the events of A View to a Kill) he was getting too old for the kind of missions expected of a 00. There was a slight modification to the James Bond personality for the next 007 they imprinted, Dalton!Bond. It was the 80s by now, the cold war was visibly coming to a head, and they needed an agent more professional and combat-oriented for this difficult time. We see Dalton!Bond's first combat exercise in Gibraltar at the beginning of the Living Daylights. However, it wasn't long before Dalton!Bond went rogue, during the events of Licence To Kill, and set off on a personal vendetta. At the end of that film, M contacts him to say he has his job back - this is not the case. We never see Dalton!Bond again. Immediately as Dalton!Bond goes rogue, they begin screening another candidate - Brosnan!Bond is created more along Moore!Bond lines to replace Dalton!Bond, and actually carries out his first mission (GoldenEye pre-credits) during the 1980s, during the period that Dalton!Bond is rogue. Brosnan!Bond is later assigned to kill Dalton!Bond. Around this time, the Cold War has ended, and MI-6 has a bigger problem - rogue 00s. Dalton!Bond went off the rails, and before long, Bean!Trevelyan goes rogue too. There are problems with loyalty that need to be ironed out of the current batch of 00 personality imprints. Brosnan!Bond's career goes fairly swimmingly, with no major wobbles, until Die Another Day, when a mission goes awry, and he is captured. Upon his return. M suspends his 00 status and - surprise surprise, goes rogue. It doesn't help that the handler M sent to watch him (Miranda Frost, played by Rosamund Pike) turned out to be a mole. At the end of the film, Brosnan!Bond faked his death, and escapes with a whole chunk of unregistered blood diamonds. While Brosnan!Bond was in captivity in North Korea, M helmed a review into the 007 personality. The result was the most major overhaul since the creation of the personality imprinted on Moore!Bond. More violent, more callous, and less suave and sophisticated than any Bond personality previously, but also, a hell of a lot more loyal. Craig!Bond was hauled off to Skyfall, made to believe he was James Bond, and sent off to Casino Royale to deal with Le Chiffre. Of course, he falls in love with Vesper Lynd, the earliest-identified Achilles Heel of the Bond personality. She dies, and rather than killing himself like the Lazenby!Bond did, he swore himself to revenge - on MI-6's behalf, no less, a grave improvement in the personality from MI-6's point of view. The layer of impermeable suaveness did not develop properly, but Craig!Bond soldiered along, and in the events between Quantum of Solace and the start of Skyfall, was doing quite well as Bond. Of course, the opening of Skyfall happens, and he drops off the radar - but again, he comes back, where previous Bonds would have stayed gone. Of course, the conditioning is still not 100%. In the extreme trauma of his near-death experience, he subconsciously begins to realise that he is not James Bond - that it is an imprinted personality. On some level, he is aware of what has happened to him - attempting to numb the pain of that truth with alcohol and pills, like so many before him. When he returns to duty, he is psychoanalysed to test this - during an otherwise routine word association exercise, the word Skyfall is dropped in, and Craig!Bond finally realises that his life is a lie. However, he decides to continue upholding it anyway. The pivotal moment for Craig!Bond in Skyfall is when he pulls the bullet out of his shoulder - that night, he realises that, as a person, he's not real - but he decides to carry on in the mission. M knows that he has failed his evaluation, but puts him through anyway - she knows that he now knows the truth about himself. The villain of Skyfall, Raoul Silva, is another 00, who, like Craig!Bond, has realised that the Raoul Silva personality is a lie, during the extreme trauma of his botched suicide attempt. However, unlike Craig!Bond, his loyalty to M is replaced with a strange mix of love and hatred for the figure he has imprinted on. At the end, Craig!Bond chooses Skyfall because it is the only home he has ever known - the old Scottish building where he, like five others before him, lost the man he was before, only to take up the name of an automaton, a person created only for killing. His line, "I always hated this place," is typical Bondian understatement in these circumstances. By the end, Craig!Bond has burned Skyfall to the ground, and knows the truth about the 00 programme. The M he was imprinted on is dead. Everything he does from here on in is his own choice. Until Skyfall is rebuilt, and Ralph Fiennes' M needs to replace him.
- It's worth noting that, in all likelihood, the men inducted into Skyfall were already promising members of MI-5 or the British military proper. Dedicated soldiers open to risk-taking would more readily volunteer for a mysterious "program" upon invitation from their superiors, even without full knowledge of what would be involved. It's also possible that at some point some person or persons within the American intelligence system got the bright idea to attempt to copy the success of this procedure with their own reprogrammed agents. Whereas Felix Leiter was merely a code name passed down, Jason Bourne was a fully realized identity.
There is one Bond and Brosnan Era takes place between Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.This allows Bond to go from "earning his stripes" in Casino Royale/Quantum of Solace to "veteran" in Skyfall. The deaths of Solange, Vesper and Fields are part of Janus' remarks about women he failed to save. Shortly after Skyfall, the Bond timeline matches up with Dr. No and From Russia with Love. From there, the series proceeds as seen in the original timeline, ending in License to Kill (which at some point will be passed by the present/future Bond movies).
- How would this theory explain the fact that each Bond is clearly set in the present day of its release year? The end of the Cold War is a significant part of the plot of GoldenEye, but in the timeline suggested here Bond would inexplicably move from the post-Cold War era to the Cold War era, Russia would turn back into the Soviet Union, technology level would suddenly regress, etc.
- The part about the Bond timeline matching up after Skyfall has been Jossed by Spectre, which has retconned Blofield's character so much that the pre-Casino Royale films can't be in the same continuity as the Craig-era Bond films. And as mentioned above, unless one was to disregard GoldenEye, doing so would contradict the timeline, for the reasons mentioned above.
Daniel Craig's Bond will become the Connery of Never Say Never Again.Not much to go on here other than Felix Leiter is African American in both. Craig seems to get more flack for his violent solutions similar to how the new M berated Bond's methods in NSNA.
- Since the Craig Bonds clearly take place in the 00s, and Never Say Never Again is clearly set in the 80s, how is this possible?
Brosnan Bond dies shortly after Die Another DaySomeone found him sleeping after sex in the temple and, outraged at the desecration, killed him. Daniel Craig's Bond is assigned the name and number as it has recently become available.
- Presumably, this happens after Everything or Nothing, as that particular video game is considered canon.
James Bond is The Avatar
Daniel Craig's Bond killed Brosnan's Bond.
James Bond is the son of Rasputin
- So that would mean he was born in 1916 (the year Rasputin died) or earlier? I don't think he's that old...
- Instead of that then, James Bond is Rasputin (since he's a time lord) and is just one of his incarnations?
- The original novels state he was born in 1924 (He lied about his age to enlist in the Navy at age 17 in 1941).
- Although it hasn't been made official, if the Young Bond books are canon, this one is jossed, since Bond is established to be 13 at the time of SilverFin takes place, and it's stated that the events of Silverfin take place on Easter of 1933, meaning that Bond was born in 1920 - 4 years after Rasputin died. Although it's possible that Rasputin donated sperm to a sperm bank and Bond was conceived using said sperm, the odds of doing so are very unlikely, since Bond's mother is stated to be Swedish, and had no reason to be in Russia at the time of Rasputian's death, much less use sperm from a Russian sperm bank. Although as noted above, this does somewhat contradict the original novels (Although it does only contradict the year he was born; the events of the epilogue of Double or Die do line up very nicely with Bond being in the Navy).
The man from For Your Eyes Only wasn't Blofeld. It was a decoyA decoy sent by the real Blofeld to throw Bond off his trail. He knew the double would die. That was the point. It was a Deceased Fall-Guy Gambit. With Bond thinking him dead, Blofeld has been free to use all the time since (Sliding Timescale or not) to recover from his injuries, build S.P.E.C.T.R.E. back up, and plot his next scheme.
Future Bond Song SingersList the singer, and then explain why they'd be chosen
- Adele: She's been confirmed to sing a second one, so she's here for posterity.
- Sarah Brightman OR Idina Menzel: Both are experienced Broadway singers who could handle doing a Shirley Bassey style song
- Michael Bublé
- Miranda Lambert: Either as the next Goldfinger/Goldeneye or something similar Tomorrow Never Dies
- Justin Timberlake: He'd either perform it similarly to Paul McCartney for Live And Let Die OR as a Suit And Tie styled song
- Lady Gaga: She'd do a jazzy, avant garde song.
- Kanye West: He'd be performing as the villain, because really wouldn't that explain everything?
- Iron Maiden Because they're as British as heavy metal gets. And Eddie in the title sequence would sweeten the deal.
- Conchita Wurst: She already sings very Bond-style songs.
- Gackt, if another Bond film set in Japan was made. Given the aforementioned WM Gs about Bond being a Timelord, and Gackt having connections to a certain franchise that gets compared to Doctor Who sometimes, it would be a good fit.
Every quartermaster is from the Q Continuum.Hence why each one is called "Q."
- So THAT'S where he gets all those wonderful toys...
- let's what for John De Lanice to play one
- Alternatively, they're all the same member of the Q Continuum. He changes his appearance every so often to avoid people getting suspicious.
Bond transfers his mind into new genetically engineered bodies every few years, because his old ones keep getting destroyed by STDsAdmit it, it makes sense.
Moneypenny was secretly gay. The 1960s version of her, anyway.
- If she was openly gay she'd have lost her job. So she pretended to be waiting for James Bond (knowing he wasn't really interested in her) and no other man dared compete with him. It's a more cheerful idea then her really waiting forever for a man who wasn't interested, anyway.
Bond was bluffing Professor Dent.
- Bond tells Dent that "That's a Smith & Wesson and you've had your six" when Dent carries an M 1911 A 1, which has a seven round capacity. Bond, being an expert on firearms, knows this, but Dent likely doesn't. Bond knows that Dent has one round left, but bluffs him into thinking that his weapon is spent so Dent will hesitate.
Bond is a mutant.
- Assuming Hollywood's interpretation of nuclear radiation, Bond's DNA was altered in Dr. No when he and Honey Ryder were exposed on Crab Key. This manifests itself as the ability to rejuvenate every few years with a new face.
Alec Trevelyan never betrayed MI-6The M at the time was forward thinking enough to realize that when the USSR inevitably fell apart that its assets, military or otherwise, would fall into the wrong hands (terrorists, the Mob, etc). So unbeknownst to everyone he and Trevelyan, England's most loyal and dependable 00 agent, concocted one of the most elaborate and dangerous deep cover operations in the history of Espionage. Trevelyan's records were covertly fabricated (the Lienz Cossack thing was a complete lie for one thing) and he'd use his deep cover (Janus) persona to form one of the world's biggest crime syndicates, gathering all the rogue Soviet equipment he can get along with some extra things (the Goldeneye weapon), and when the time came he'd signal MI-6 to come around and destroy it all in a big sting operation. No one except the old M and himself were aware of this plan. Total secrecy was required for it to succeed.
- All records related to this operation went to the grave when the old M passed away however, so when Trevelyan signaled that the operation was commencing (by firing Goldeneye), MI-6 was completely unaware of what was going on, so they sent in Bond and we all know what happens; Bond destroys the Janus Syndicate and takes out Goldeneye. Trevelyan never broke his cover this entire time though, and admirably performed his duties to the very end for Queen and Country.
- Even though he couldn't reveal what was really happening, Trevelyan still managed to help Bond in his own way. He made sure the Russians weren't able to get their hands on a fully functioning stealth helicopter, he deliberately left behind a working computer terminal in the Train (and told Bond how long he had before it blew up), and because he knew Boris would re-calibrate the Satellite Array, he 'shot' at 007 to make him hurry up.
Le Chiffre being killed and everything afterward is a hallucination.It's pretty self-explanatory. Le Chiffre drugged Bond, and he imagined himself escaping to a beautiful island with Vesper. Him logging into his account was really him giving Le Chiffre his details. Everything after that is just random dreaming, combined with death, explaining the disjointedness of Quantum of Solace.
Each of the Daniel Craig villains represent a deadly sin.
- Le Chiffre is gluttony. He is known to spend his clients' money in large sums (which is why he sets up the poker game at Casino Royale because he is in need of money) and uses an inhaler for no purpose but for pleasure.
- Dominic Greene is greed. He intends to make a monopoly off the water in Bolivia.
- Raoul Silva is wrath. He is on a vendetta because of the pain M brought him.
- Franz Oberhauser/Ernst Stavro Blofeld is envy. He was jealous of Bond because of the relationship between Bond and Oberhauser's father.
- Mr. White is sloth. He rarely takes action in the plot unless he is negatively affected by it.
- Yusef Kabira is lust. His job is to seduce beautiful government women and con them, then move on to the next.
The James Bond film universe consists of three separate continuities.And in each of them, "James Bond" is not a codename, but his real name. The first Bond was played by Connery, Lazenby, and Moore and so had a career spanning at least 23 years, from Dr. No in 1962 to A View to a Kill in 1985. All three actors are about the same age, and the films feature several recurring elements, such as SPECTRE and Blofeld. The second Bond, in an entirely different continuity, was played by Dalton and Brosnan, and went from The Living Daylights in 1987 to Die Another Day in 2002. There was a change in administration when the role of M was taken over by Judi Dench. She makes explicit reference to her predecessor. Plus the opening scene in Goldeneye took place in 1986, the year before Dalton played Bond. Finally, the Daniel Craig Bond is, again, in an entirely different universe as the earlier films. Bond becomes a 00 at the start and probably quits MI-6 at the end of Spectre.
The reason why Bond always survives is because he's being protected by Tracy's spirit.The tragic, shocking death of Tracy never really left Bond. Years later, he's still haunted by his greatest loss and will never get over it, even after he got his revenge on Blofeld. But Tracy never really left him either. After her death, she chose to become Bond's guardian angel, using her various new abilities to protect him from any potential threats. It's why despite every Death Trap his opponents can cook up, no matter how well-armed the mooks are, 007 always comes out alive and ready for the next job. It's why Bond can save himself in the tensest situations. Although he sadly can't feel her presence, Tracy is always with him, helping him when he's at his most desperate or when there's seemingly no chance of escape. And Tracy's motive for all this? She had a pretty terrible life and experienced loss in the worst ways, with her previous husband cheating on her and dying, and her only child dead at an early age. But Bond, despite all his flaws, ultimately managed to turn her life around and make her happy for the first time in years, even if it only was a short while. Tracy had already lost two of the people she loved. And now she's going to make damn sure that the world will not lose the one man who truly loved her, who would fight an entire army to get to her and who was willing give up everything to be with her for the rest of his life.
- This theory works if the "Every agent holding the post of 007 is just using the name of James Bond as an alias" WMG above is false, but there's one problem: this theory doesn't work for Daniel Craig's Bond, since not only has said Bond never married as of yet (admittedly, this troper has not seen Spectre, but from what he has heard, Bond did not get married in that film), for all we know, Tracy doesn't exist in the reboot universe.
Valentin Zukovsky is KGB agent that tailed Dalton!Bond in The Living Daylights.Zukovsky and Bond have a past; Dalton!Bond broke his right knee of the agent and Zukovsky is limp and hold animosity against Bond and both KGB background. We are talking about same guy.
Those Bond Girl names are fake names and/or nicknames.This solves the problem of "Who would name their daughter that?" For example, I'm thinking Miss Galore might have really been named Catherine (commonly nicknamed Cat, you see). These names could in some cases be self-chosen (after all, if someone's plan requires her to be a femme fatale, it won't do if her real first name is Ethel. Plus if she did any research on Bond she could have found out he likes puns, so picked one for a name.)