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Sylvia English 1091G-098 6 December 2005 The Spy in Shining Armor For centuries, readers have been enchanted by the legends of the heroes of the medieval days, the knights in shining armor. I enjoy reading about their bravery in the face of evil, romantic trysts with noble ladies, and loyalty to their lords. They are archetypes that have fulfilled the longings of many cultures and age groups. Similarly, the most popular spy of modern times, James Bond of the Albert Broccoli films, epitomizes the heroic figure according to almost all societies. People have written articles describing how to emulate Bond’s every move and the reasons for his worldwide popularity. These reasons include his ability to seduce women, his sophisticated British persona, and his ability to always defeat the competition. I, however, see 007 as a continuation of the archetype figures of the Knights of the Round Table. I think the mass appeal of James Bond is his patriotic bravery that leaves the viewer with a similar feeling of courage and hope. Carol S. Pearson supports this idea in her book The Hero Within that identifies the hero archetype as a Warrior who slays a dragon. Pearson agrees that “[w]hen the hero does triumph over the villain […] it reinforces our faith that it is possible not only to identify the dragon but to slay it: We can take charge of our lives, eliminate our problems, and make a better world” (Pearson 74). Bond’s success in every

Mehochko 2 situation (fighting evil. 007 risks his life several times in each film out of obligation for his country because "he simply loves what he does" (Zimmerman 121). Bond must always be on the lookout for surprise attacks from an enemy like Odd Job with his deadly bowler hat. or simply looking good) is the result of his heroic nature as an archetype. The life of a spy is difficult and dangerous. wooing a woman. He defeats villains who threaten not only his life. He cares about the people at MI6 and gladly does his duty for the Queen. Bond carries on good-natured banter with his coworkers. His debut on the silver screen seemed to “comfort British viewers about their state's continued role and competence” (Black 110). His loyalty to Great Britain (along with his charming accent) is one reason for the films’ worldwide success. and even M. but the lives of everyone in his home country and even the entire world. It is difficult to imagine James Bond as any other nationality besides that of an Englishman. which is passed on to the observer. Bond’s distinct British identity is “part of the frame of reference that ensures continuity for the films” (Black 112). the spy still “puts on his tux and commences wreaking havoc” against international terrorists (Parker 32). When at headquarters. Q the gadget inventor. I see this loyal sacrifice as an inspiration to viewers of the movies. . Even when M tells Bond his “Double-O status [is] rescinded” in Die Another Day. his commanding officer. He cannot have any lasting or significant relationships and cannot even use his real name. He gives up a normal life to protect the safety of people he does not even know. Bond “never grouses about a mission” (Zimmerman 121). He displays affection for Miss Moneypenny.

When he is confronted with a fight. He is not only good at his job.” another Jungian archetype (75). Bond never attacks first and then asks questions. Pearson calls Warriors without the Martyr traits “primitive. he goes on quests that his country chooses for him. he still charms her with his welcoming personality. In an article for Men’s Health.” and courageously risks his life for people he has never met (Parker 32). He “is no reluctant hero. His courage in the face of frightening moments along with his fighting etiquette. James Bond is never vulgar or offensive. James Bond is more than an assassin of evildoers. According to Pearson. Even when he is surprised by an attacker. He is genial even to people he knows to be his enemies. writer Mike Zimmerman describes the spy as “a master of letting an enemy know he's there” (121).Mehochko 3 As a result of his patriotism. and much like a knight. “Martyrs see themselves as sacrificing for others. the debonair spy handles himself with a clever . If he suspects a woman is a traitor. and this quality gives him a reputation as the perfect gentleman that other men aspire to be.” and says that “Warriors who integrate care with mastery fight for themselves and for others” (82). but his motives are wholesome and admirable to the audience. The audience can also admire Bond’s handling of his adversaries. Pearson agrees when she states that being a Warrior is a “necessary complement to the virtues associated with the Martyr. are respectable qualities. however. Bond has a “brand of confidence serves a man well” (Zimmerman 120). I believe this characteristic is part of the reason that James Bond is so appealing. He cares about the welfare of others. Bond shows no fear.” which is exactly what Bond does when he accepts the life of a spy (75).

Pearson says that this gift consists of “courage and a corresponding freedom from bondage to one’s fears” (91). Bond builds a special relationship with each of these women. His lack of fear of the numerous criminals is respectable.” confirming his gentlemanly nature (Black 112). Occasionally. I see James Bond as a gallant knight riding to defeat his foe with a fearless smirk on his face. He blows up secret labs. He allows them to go “beyond slaying the dragon” and overcome their fears (Pearson 90). and spies on dangerous criminals “offhandedly. eyes elsewhere. shoots attackers. Despite the motives of a woman who falls in love with him. The portrayal of his sleeping with different women in the films asserts that “he gives as well as receives pleasure.Mehochko 4 and a calm manner. According to her writings. The dragons he rides to slay include Dr. not to mention their malicious henchmen. “Bond trusts her. as if removing his cufflinks” (Parker 32). As the final step of his quest in each installment. and Mr. and she knows it” (Zimmerman 121).” but he still gives them all of his affection (Black 112). Goldfinger and his smuggling of weapons and gold. When these . No and his cruel scientific creations. Bond girls “have sex with Bond and then try to kill him. 007 usually sleeps with a different woman every time. Pearson supports my admiration when she states that “[a]t best the Warrior ultimately learns to make friends with fear by long acquaintance” (91). Everyone from young children to their grandparents have terrifying fears to deal with. some of which never subside. 007 possesses “[t]he developmental gift that comes from confronting one’s own most frightening dragons” (90). Big and his voodoo. They identify with the Bond archetype as a projection of life without their unmanageable apprehensions.

However. James always wins. though.” and “recogniz[e] oneness with the earth and interdependence with other people” (Pearson 96). it allows Bond to escape the stressful life of an international spy. Bond usually takes time away from work at the end of each film with a beautiful girl. I agree with her statement that “the skills of assertion and boundary-setting” that come with the end of a quest “allow for the creation of a positive relationship with another . The temptresses’ “female sexuality appears as a threat. but one that Bond is able to overcome” (Black 112).Mehochko 5 unfortunate instances occur. she is also very helpful in guiding James through Dr. No. Warriors “give over control. In Dr. In some exotic location. Honey Ryder sets the standard for all Bond girls to be gorgeous. Bond beds sometimes more than one woman in each film. No’s confusing island. he is able to forget about the troubles of the world. James loves the women for their beauty. However. Christmas Jones is not only Bond’s coworker in stopping the villain. His love affairs with good-natured women are much more enjoyable. but also sees them as equals in the fight against evil. Pearson’s analysis of the hero helped me to see it. and some people would never find the admirable quality in this fact. the true purposes of their quests are recognized: “to honor humanness in people who are in control of their lives and also in those who have given over the control” (Pearson 96). Even if this tranquility only lasts for a short time. she is his love interest. Dr. and his female companion helps him achieve peace. When Warriors become capable of loving other human beings. In this fashion. In The World Is Not Enough. Pearson acknowledges this stage of falling in love as the final step in the hero’s journey. They grow to admire one another intellectually before they fall in love.

the Warrior stays and fights” (Pearson 74). The difference between the two archetypes is that “[t]he Wanderer identifies the dragon and flees. At the end of a knight’s quest. Our fascination with the hero or Warrior archetype enables us to live our lives through that character. Almost all school children read about the Knights of the Round Table at least once during their academic career. We must realize that our childish fears hold us back from doing great things and overcome them in order to live life to its fullest potential. James is “rewarded” for his sacrifice with the company of a beautiful woman that loves him. His archetypal love fulfills our desires to love and be loved back by an attractive person. The archetypes Jung noticed in the dreams seem to me to be a projection of our stages in life. Just like the knight. Most people strive to be in a successful relationship in which the two people understand one another. .Mehochko 6 human being […] and ultimately make it possible to love and savor life itself” (96). Pearson says one must experience “the exploring of the Wanderer” in order to achieve “the competition and triumph of the Warrior” (xxvi). Carol S. finally. Likewise. he comes home and marries. Pearson asserts that “after he has confronted his fear by slaying the dragon […] [t]he reward for his battle is that he becomes. a lover” (96). more than half of the world’s population has seen a James Bond movie.

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