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The Books

Fridge 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.)
    • Traditional Public Schools like Eton usually admit pupils from what is now year 9, i.e. age 13/14, with the years 3-8 being covered by a Prep (preparatory) School.

The Films

Specific Films

Fridge 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 mistake 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.
  • Bond's game of choice is baccarat, which relies more on luck than skill. Of course he'd excel at it - the key to his success is that he's the luckiest son of a bitch in the world.
  • 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.
      • Although this does still add up, since Vesper betrayed him and broke his heart. He made up the drink and named it after her, it makes sense why he wouldn't drink it anymore after that experience. Drinking a Vesper would only remind him of the pain, so regular vodka martinis are just his replacement.
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service is one of the closest screen adaptions of the novels but there is a major change to Bond's motivation to resign. In the book it's because he thinks that chasing after Blofeld is a lost cause and is frustrated by continually being pushed to do so. In the film, it's precisely the opposite - Bond wants to keep going after Blofeld but is prevented from doing so by M. This makes perfect sense since the film series uses Blofeld's SPECTRE as the running villain and Bond has seen numerous allies and innocents been killed off by them as well as having first hand experience of their capabilities - of course he'd been more motivated to take down Blofeld.
  • 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.
  • The Daniel Craig movies often show Bond boating in his spare time, and in No Time to Die, he takes up fishing (from a boat) during his retirement. Something rarely mentioned in the original movies is that James Bond started his government career as an officer in the Royal Navy, where he earned the rank of Commander. Once a sailor, always a sailor.
  • The Bond Girls disappearing between films with nary a mention makes sense if you consider the opening sequence to No Time To Die. They probably simply spend some time together before parting (albeit amicably rather sadly as they do in NTTD). Even for a legendary womanizer like James Bond, that's not unusual.

Fridge Horror

  • In Casino Royale (2006), Vesper casually states that MI6 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 MI6 as a substitute parental figure.
  • This gets paired with Fridge Brilliance if you think about the plot and ending of NTTD, when his family is in fact threatened by the bad guys. Barbara Broccoli once declared that "He (Bond) can't have a family." Maybe not just because Bond is supposed to be this legendary insouciant womanizer, but because the nature of his job would mean a constant threat to them—which is essentially what's happened everytime he's loved a woman enough to consider settling down with her—Tracy and Vesper were killed, Madeline almost was.

The Video Games

Fridge 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