What An Idiot: James Bond
As the Trope Namer
for Bond Villain Stupidity
, and a franchise that's been working for over 50 years, it is obvious that the James Bond
movies have this all the time. But even 007 himself can make such decisions that would make you
wonder if he did them after taking his martini stirred, not shaken.
- Tilly Masterson has learned that Auric Goldfinger has killed her sister Jill (Jill is the victim famously left sprawled dead on a bed, painted in gold) and decides she wants some revenge. To do this, she decides to take him out by stalking him in Switzerland, where he has his base of operations, and shooting him with a rifle.
You'd Expect: Tilly would do a little bit of research, the very least of which being learning how to shoot properly.
Instead: Tilly rushes off to Switzerland using an AR7 as her weapon of choice, a .22 caliber rifle with pitiful stopping power and range and is such a horrible shot that she nearly shoots James Bond, a man standing several hundred feet away and up from her target, causing him to think that she was targeting him instead.
It Gets Even Worse: She tries to do it again later, when Bond is trying to infiltrate Goldfinger's smuggling facility. In her idiocy, she stops just short of advertising her position on a neon sign and trips an alarm wire, compromising Bond's infiltration attempt and leading them both into a chase that ultimately leads to her death at the hands of Oddjob.
- In The Man with the Golden Gun, Bond successfully retrieves the Solex agitator and gives it to his ally Hip, who gives it to fellow agent Mary Goodnight.
You'd Expect: For Goodnight to focus on bringing the Solex to M.
Instead: Goodnight decides to plant a bug on Scaramanga's car. She succeeds... only to have Scaramanga toss her into the trunk. Worse still, Goodnight still has the Solex with her.
- Moonraker: Bond is being all sneaky-like on the eponymous space station when he runs into the Giant Mook, Jaws, from the previous film. Jaws is known for toughness and his metal teeth.
You'd expect That Bond would try hitting a weak spot, evading him, or use his poison wrist dart gun to dispose of him.
Instead He punches Jaws in the teeth. Nice going, James. One connection and a "CLANG" sound, and Bond's hand is in agony.
- In Casino Royale, Le Chiffre not only works as a banker for several terrorist organisations, but he also runs a pretty shady criminal operation on the side: he buys up company shares, short sells them to other people, and then orchestrates terrorist attacks on the companies' most valuable assets to drive their stocks into bankruptcy, while he earns a swift profit.
You'd Expect: Le Chiffre to only use a special private fund of some sort to deal with this venture, just in case something goes wrong, one of his schemes is discovered and foiled, and he loses money. Granted, he might not be able to invest as much as he could, but he would at least avoid pissing off his clients by losing their money.
Instead: He dips into his own clients' money. As a result, when Bond sabotages his scheme to blow up the Skyfleet corporation's prototype airliner, Le Chiffre loses $101.2 million of the terrorists' money, and is forced to set up a poker tournament at Casino Royale in Montenegro to recover it, and both MI6 and the CIA send agents from their own forces to infiltrate the game with the intention of then bankrupting Le Chiffre to get him to seek asylum with one of them. Things only get worse when Le Chiffre himself ends up getting attacked by a pissed off client who has found himself out of pocket.
It Gets Worse: When he ultimately loses the tournament, he attempts to torture Bond for the password to the winnings, and then is personally shot dead by Mr. White because Quantum no longer can trust Le Chiffre with handling their money.
- In Skyfall:
- Bond and MI6 have just apprehended Raoul Silva, and watch him act smarmy and at ease in the interrogation room he's been placed in. Bond goes to check up on Q, who has plugged in Silva's computer into the MI6 network and is blithely trying to crack the code. Bond realizes that the password to the system is an easily-guessed name for a subway station.
You'd Expect: That either Q or Bond would realize something's up (and that a one-word password hidden in plain sight is suspicious), or that Q wouldn't have hooked the villain's computer up to an internal network before trying to open it.
Instead: They don't. Silva's computer releases a virus that takes down all of MI6's internal security, and Bond is forced to go on a long foot chase after Silva.
- Later on, Bond and M head out to the Skyfall estate to lay an ambush for Silva. Q and Tanner are in on the plan, and lay out a trail of breadcrumbs for Silva to follow. Mallory comes in and realizes what they're doing.
You'd Expect: That, as far as they know, a single agent and a much older woman (who presumably doesn't have combat experience) are on their own against Silva and an entire force of his men), and would either tell some of the MI6 agents in person to go to the estate to provide backup, or at least give them some support, like the military, or a constabulary in that region.
Instead: Mallory thinks it's a great plan, and seems more concerned with what will happen if the Members of Parliament discover that they've been forging input files. To be fair, this IS James Bond they're talking about, and he does manage to kill off Silva and all his men, but with that said, for most of the film Bond had been clearly showing signs of Badass Decay (e.g. not passing MI6's physical exam), which is a major theme in the movie, and in any case, he's unable to prevent M from being killed.