The BooksFridge Horror
- According to his obituary in You Only Live Twice, Bond attended the prestigious Eton College for one year, whereupon he was asked to leave due to "trouble" with one of the maids. Eton is a secondary school. First years are generally 11 years old. Which means that at 12 years old, Bond was expelled. Bond was orphaned when he was 11, making it a profound possibility that Bond was taken advantage of by a woman in whom he was seeking a mother figure, although as he was at Eton in the early Thirties she might well have been only 14. (This same backstory was given to Daniel Craig's Bond via the official Casino Royale (2006) website, casting an interesting light on his relationship with Judi Dench's M, especially in Skyfall.)
- Goldfinger has Koreans described as "the cruellest people in the world". Bear in mind that the book was written in 1958 and the Korean War was still fresh in people's minds.
The FilmsFridge Brilliance
Can I tell you what's messed up about James Bond? Shaken, not stirred, will get you cold water with a dash of gin and dry vermouth. The reason you stir it with a special spoon is so not to chip the ice. James is ordering a weak martini and being snooty about it.
— President Jed Bartlet, The West Wing
- When does Bond order these drinks? When he's in the field, and needs to keep his wits about him, but generally also when he's around enemies. By having a martini, he seems like a drunk and not someone worth taking seriously, and by having a "vodka martini — shaken, not stirred", it adds a certain class and debonair quality, but it's only a weak drink and not likely to affect his judgement or reflexes.
- Except that's Critical Research Failure on Bartlet's part. Yes, gin martinis are stirred so the gin won't bruise from the ice. But Bond drinks VODKA martinis, and vodka needs to be cold, so it is traditionally shaken to get rid of the oily film that stirring would leave.
- And in Quantum of Solace, Craig!Bond developed his taste for that kind of vodka martini because it was the drink he made up on the spot to impress Vesper. So every time he's ordering it, he's doing it in the memory of his dead girlfriend.
- Except that the martinis he orders afterwards are not Vesper martinis; they are ordinary vodka martinis. The Vesper has a completely different recipe.
- In Diamonds Are Forever, Blofeld has suddenly become a comical villain despite being cold and menacing in the previous films. But perhaps this is because he has snapped due to his many great defeats; in both the books and the films, he takes a lot of pride in his work, and his ego has clearly been damaged by now. He acts insanely and impulsively throughout the film, such as dressing in drag and making two girls guard a very important prisoner who is easily rescued. It seems that now he is so far gone that he does a lot of what he does just for kicks, like The Joker.
- Also from Diamonds Are Forever, we never get a definitive answer as to why Blofeld is suddenly making doubles of himself and having corrective surgery again. (The first time was presumably to turn from Donald Pleasence in You Only Live Twice to Telly Savalas in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.) The good thing is, there doesn't seem to be one sole reason. You can go with the obvious: once knowing that Bond survived his assassination at the end of OHMSS, and since his wife is dead, Blofeld probably realised that he had woken a sleeping dragon and that Bond would come after him, so he had surgery AND doubles made up to throw 007 off his scent while he re-established himself elsewhere. You can also go with another theory: because he has so many schemes and plans running concurrently across the globe, Blofeld realised he couldn't keep his eye on everything at one, and he probably isn't too trustworthy to let someone else oversee his plans, so having doubles made and sent to various locations will ensure that the plans would run as smoothly as if he had carried them out himself.
- In The Living Daylights, Whitaker is said to be a failed student of West Point and a strategic moron, but within his mansion, there are a number of generals... including Adolf Hitler, a man who made a number of utterly stupid decisions during World War II and was also a huge slacker, preferring to go on daily movie marathons instead of actually running Germany. Whitaker looks up to him; no wonder he's a failure.
- A meta example. You Only Live Twice, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker being so similar in plotline is likely because the late Lewis Gilbert directed all three.
- In Casino Royale (2006), Vesper casually states that MI-6 prefers to recruit orphans without stating why. The implication is that with no family to have emotional ties to, a potential Double-O Agent not only has no worries about them being kidnapped and used as leverage against them, but he also sees MI-6/England as a substitute parental figure.
The Video GamesFridge Brilliance
- So there's this James Bond game for the Game Boy. In it, you spend some time in a black market, where you need to trade various items to various people until you finally end up with the item you need. One fellow, when spoken to, says "I could help you immensely if you could only find me a small red fish." I finished the level without finding said fish, but I thought it might be an optional item, of which the game has a few. I didn't spend much time expressly trying to find it, but I did ultimately explore every corner of that market (and also poked around the water a little in previous levels), and it didn't take me long to conclude that no such fish existed. It did, however, take me nine years to suddenly get the joke. A small red fish. It's a RED HERRING! -Hyper Z