Spectre, the most recent of the James Bond series, was great. DonÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt worry I wonÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt spoil anything (but if youÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂre like me skip this paragraph) to sum it up, it maintained some of its recent realism and grittiness while getting back on track with the classic Bond films. Even so I left the theater scratching my head, confused and not even knowing where to look to find what I missed. As a devoted Bond fan, confusion still struck hard so I can only imagine what it does to the average moviegoer who just wants to see explosions and gadgets. Here are some things that are universal in all Bond films:
For Your Eyes Only
With the exception of the most recent 4 Bond films, all of the movies are stand alone. This means its safe to watch the movies in any order and nothing will be ruined. James Bond changes his actor every 3-5 movies but generally they are the same in character. Each film comes equipped with its own song(we'll forgive Madonna's and pretend it never happened) and insanely beautiful woman. An added Bonus to watching the oldies are the outrageous titles: Octopussy, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, etc. It only gets better.
Occupation Where the hell do I apply?
MI6, also known as SIS (Secret Intelligence Service), means Military Intelligence Section 6. No idea what section 6 refers to. ItÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs a British Military Agency regarding foreign intelligence, hence why Bond is always on holiday in a warring country. Simply put, it supplies the British Government with everyone elseÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs business. This is where Bond reports, more specifically to a man named M.
Double 0 What?
The 00 section of MI6 is its elite team of agents. They are the best of the best and have the license to kill. Which means they have the authority to kill whenever they feel necessary on the grounds of it being necessary for them to complete their mission. James Bond holds the 007 title. There are other 00 agents but none have the celebrity status of 007.
M: is the big honcho, president of MI6 and chief to 007. He gives the orders(normally) to Bond and is the first to complain when a building is blown to smithereens as a result.
Miss Moneypenny: is the secretary to M, a woman of my dreams. She plays a small but notable role, keeping Bond informed and distracted. In all movies there is a subtle romance between the two that never evolves past dangerous flirtation.
Q: the quartermaster. My personal favorite, he supplies Bond with all things that go BOOM. Laser watch, exploding lipstick, bulletproof suit, zip-line floss; you name it, QÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs got it (or will shortly). Oh and of course, the classic Bond car; loaded with all sorts of gizmoÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs that would put the mach 5 to shame, Q is the man that makes every geeks dream come true.
Who is he?
ThereÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs a reason James Bond is known as the worldÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs best and most dangerous spy, 007. HeÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs got a license to kill and an infinite amount of ways to do it.
- Firearms expert, from sniper rifle to bazooka this man wields them all with perfection.
- Hand to hand combat triple black belt in whatever you choose he will put Neo to shame.
- Stud and Borderline alcoholic, his good looks and chiseled physique are a complete paradox given the amount he drinks. Vodka martini, shaken not stirred.
- Ladies man; whether youÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂre a nun, the first lady, or wife to the worldÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs most dangerous villain, he will get you.
- Last but not least heÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs an English bloke. The only accent a spy will ever need to be official.
Even with these facts Bond films throw a lot at you and fast, sometimes its hard to keep track and the plot is lost. Pay attention to names of people and organizations. It'll help keep you in the loop. With this top secret information you have what you need to thoroughly enjoy any James Bond film without getting ensnared in a trap of ignorance. Best of luck on your mission!