YMMV / James Bond

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The film series as a whole contains examples of:

The novel series contains examples of:

  • Homegrown Hero: Bond usually departs on entirely international adventures and would not grow even a bit less British through any of it.
  • Ho Yay: Oh, there's quite a bit. In as much as Fleming seemed to dislike homosexuals, he places a lot of emphasis on naked men and their muscles. Possibly intended as fanservice for female readers.
  • Love It or Hate It: Live and Let Die: Entertaining it its own right and Fair for Its Day, or an embarrassing relic of '50s ignorance that's best left in said '50s?
  • Memetic Mutation: James Bond loves eggs.
  • Narm: The Values Dissonance will come across as this. Fleming was very much a man of his time.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: The novels written after Fleming's death aren't particularly famous or well-regarded, although Colonel Sun stands out as being the only post-Fleming novel as well-regarded as the originals. It helps that it was written by Kingsley Amis, who was friends with Fleming and (according to some) helped clean up Golden Gun for publication.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: In the short story "Blast from the Past", Bond finally meets his son James Suzuki, whom he fathered in You Only Live Twice. After three decades of non-existence, what is he used for? He appears as a corpse in a revenge plot against Bond.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: As a part of Ian Fleming's apparent obsession with food and high-class living, many of the books take detours from Bond investigating a world-spanning conspiracy to describe him having lunch in great detail.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Communists are never up to any good. During Fleming's run, Bond likes but patronizes Blacks, hates Koreans for some reason but loves the Japanese and thinks "sex equality" has fostered bisexual misfits.
    • Though outright rape is still portrayed negatively, Fleming seemed to be under the impression that most women enjoy rough sex.

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