Conspiracy Theory – There’s more than one Bond

Bond. James Bond. He’s been knocking heads and banging his way throughout history since 1962, foiling schemes ranging from communism-based super-weapons through to new age Illuminati quests for world domination. The man has been around, is what I’m saying.

But here’s the rub. Barring the recent Daniel Craig films, each installment in the Bond franchise is seen as chronological canon. That means that Bond did indeed fight his way from the cold war through to whatever shenanigans were present in Die another day. So how the hell has he maintained his youthful vigor and ability to belt out one-liners at the right moment? The Hugh Hefner diet? Nope, it’s a far more simple explanation. Because there’s more than one Bond.

So what if James Bond was not a person, but a code-name? An identity used for elite agents as each predecessor retires or is killed in action? In a way, it makes sense. Just look at Q, M and Felix Leiter, possibly the american alternative of that idea.

That could explain why Bond is always in his prime (Most of the time, anyway). Or why his personality changes so much between agents. Look at the facts. Sean Connery was a hard man with little class and less patience for any threats to the UK, while Roger Moore was a suaver operative with a campy nature for gadgets. Or how the intensity of Dalton is matched only by the duty-bound nature of Brosnan and smug attitude.

What about George Lazenby then? Hell, he only popped up for one underrated movie, but it ended in tragedy when his wife was murdered on his wedding day. That’s enough to break the resolve of any man, and force him into retirement. An act that had Connery returning to avenge the assault on a fellow agent that was perpetrated by SPECTRE and Blofeld.

And there’s a reason why this theory actually makes the franchise better. Because it gives it a sense of actual danger in a lethal world, one where past accomplishments aren’t worth a damn when a replacement is being groomed to take over from you.

And considering how much damage the need for more gadgets and ludicrous plots did to the franchise, it’s a balance that evens things out. Is it a full-proof theory? Probably not, becaue a die-hard fan could find holes in it (DEY ALL LIKE MARTINI’S!), but it is a fun one with a solid premise.

Oh piss off Craig.

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  • Uberutang

    yeah I have always subscribed to this theory. And they do not all like martinis… he often drinks bourbon or scotch…

  • Andre116

    “The Hugh Hefner diet?”

    Is that 5 platinum blondes a day?

    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      Only if you’re fasting.

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Yeah, I always thought this way. I don’t know if Flemming even came out and said it as clearly as this though, but can’t be certain…

  • http://twitter.com/blahsum James Francis

    I’ve heard this before and it’s a popular fan theory. But several Bond movies contradict it. In particular, Moore’s Bond refers to when he used to be married. Felix Leiter also makes a similar comment in License To Kill, referring to Bond once being married. True, maybe those Bonds were married before they became 007, but I like to think it’s continually the same person. Bond is timeless, which is one aspect of Skyfall that really irked me. I don’t need Bond going all Riggs on us.

    Also, a REAL conspiracy theory would be that MI6 always clones him if he is killed. Every time the genes get a shake-up, hence the different looks.

    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      Sounds like Bond may be a Time Lord…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kervyn-Cloete/610830836 Kervyn Cloete

    This entire theory was actually predicated on the final scene from OHMSS, in which Lazenby turns to the camera, breaking the fourth wall to address the audience, and says “This never happened to the other guy”.

    It was meant as just a lighthearted campy, nudge nudge wink wink prank, in what had been an otherwise pretty morose third act, instead it drive the conspiracy theorists wild.