Bond, James Bond: A Study in Easter

Have you ever noticed how much of the Easter Story is in 007? Probably not because it is not the most pious of stories. Just think a little. The same plot elements are there. (Other plot elements I will not touch shaken or stirred.)

  1. A man is sent to an exotic place.
  2. A man has a dual identity.
  3. The man is part of a select group to save the world.
  4. There is a betrayal by a close friend.
  5. The “gun” is laid down to protect a weak person.
  6. A machine of death is involved. “Goodbye, Mr. Bond.”
  7. Death is cheated. “Not you again, Mr. Bond.”
  8. The story ends in triumph.
  9. The person leaves the exotic place.

I propose the reason we love Bond or Superman is that it basically is the Easter Story updated. They touch a deep part of us. Why? Because though many parts are fiction, they relate some eternal truth. We believe one man can save the world.

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20 thoughts on “Bond, James Bond: A Study in Easter”

  1. I never thought of the  spy story as following the classic folklore elements.  The folk hero is usually someone divine raised by commoners, like Hercules, Jesus, or some commoner plucked out of the mud and raised as royalty, like Moses. So he has a dual identity. And so does a secret agent.  But I think of Bond as more of a knight errant, like Parsifal.

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  2. EThompson:

    Hypatia:
    But I think of Bond as more of a knight errant, like Parsifal.

    I always had a thing for Lancelot and his son Galahad. 🙂

    That’s not his son, okay?!  As Tennyson said, “For  when was Lancelot ever lewd?”😉

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  3. Hypatia:

    EThompson:

    Hypatia:
    But I think of Bond as more of a knight errant, like Parsifal.

    I always had a thing for Lancelot and his son Galahad. 🙂

    That’s not his son, okay?!  As Tennyson said, “For  when was Lancelot ever lewd?”😉

    Wait… I thought Galahad was the son of Lancelot and Elaine, the daughter of King Pelles. No?

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  4. EThompson:

    Hypatia:

    EThompson:

    Hypatia:
    But I think of Bond as more of a knight errant, like Parsifal.

    I always had a thing for Lancelot and his son Galahad. 🙂

    That’s not his son, okay?!  As Tennyson said, “For  when was Lancelot ever lewd?”😉

    Wait… I thought Galahad was the son of Lancelot and Elaine, the daughter of King Pelles. No?

    Yes, that’s the rumor.  I first encountered the legends when I read Idylls of the King,  and Tennyson is adamant thatLancelot would never  have  been untrue to Guenevere, and  Elaine the the Lily Maid died a virgin.  So I was just jokin’ around..never mind,  too récherché, I admit.

    But about Galahad, we can agree that “His strength was as the strength of ten/Because his heart was pure.”

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  5. Hypatia:

    EThompson:

    Hypatia:

    EThompson:

    Hypatia:
    But I think of Bond as more of a knight errant, like Parsifal.

    I always had a thing for Lancelot and his son Galahad. 🙂

    That’s not his son, okay?!  As Tennyson said, “For  when was Lancelot ever lewd?”😉

    Wait… I thought Galahad was the son of Lancelot and Elaine, the daughter of King Pelles. No?

    Yes, that’s the rumor.  I first encountered the legends when I read Idylls of the King,  and Tennyson is adamant thatLancelot would never  have  been untrue to Guenevere, and  Elaine the the Lily Maid died a virgin.  So I was just jokin’ around..never mind,  too récherché, I admit.

    But about Galahad, we can agree that “His strength was as the strength of ten/Because his heart was pure.”

    Well, I’ve always liked a good rumour. 🙂

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  6. Hypatia:
    I never thought of the  spy story as following the classic folklore elements.  The folk hero is usually someone divine raised by commoners, like Hercules, Jesus, or some commoner plucked out of the mud and raised as royalty, like Moses. So he has a dual identity. And so does a secret agent.  But I think of Bond as more of a knight errant, like Parsifal.

    What is inside us that loves this type of story? The betrayal is an important part, don’t you think? Bond saves the world is what it is all about.

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  7. 10 Cents:
    Bond saves the world is what it is all about.

    Bond saves the world all right but the cool cars, the beautiful/savvy women, the impeccably tailored suits, and that attitude are quite attractive. He lives a life all of us would like to live.

    And that is precisely what films should do; satisfy our imaginations.

    P.S. As I was writing this, I asked my husband why Bond films were so popular. He didn’t skip a beat in answering “He got all the cool girls.”  🙂

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  8. EThompson:

    10 Cents:
    Bond saves the world is what it is all about.

    Bond saves the world all right but the cool cars, the beautiful/savvy women, the impeccably tailored suits, and that attitude are quite attractive. He lives a life all of us would like to live.

    And that is precisely what films should do; satisfy our imaginations.

    P.S. As I was writing this, I asked my husband why Bond films were so popular. He didn’t skip a beat in answering “He got all the cool girls.”  🙂

    The super villains also got all the cool girls, the cars and the suits. They were the CEOs and owned a lot of stock.

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  9. Oh! This is just fantastic.  It reminds me of the cast of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ representing the Seven Deadly Sins.

    Happy Easter by the way, dimeboy, and everyone else.

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  10. Susan in Seattle:
    Oh! This is just fantastic.  It reminds me of the cast of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ representing the Seven Deadly Sins.

    Happy Easter by the way, dimeboy, and everyone else.

    Hey, I was wondering where you were, Susan. Good to see you around.

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  11. 10 Cents:

    Susan in Seattle:
    Oh! This is just fantastic.  It reminds me of the cast of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ representing the Seven Deadly Sins.

    Happy Easter by the way, dimeboy, and everyone else.

    Hey, I was wondering where you were, Susan. Good to see you around.

    Only at Ratburger.org do we tackle the deep theological questions.

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  12. 10 Cents:

    Susan in Seattle:
    Oh! This is just fantastic.  It reminds me of the cast of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ representing the Seven Deadly Sins.

    Happy Easter by the way, dimeboy, and everyone else.

    Hey, I was wondering where you were, Susan. Good to see you around.

    Thanks, dime.  Have been keeping a very low internet presence for Lent.   I have enjoyed your flowering tree photos.  Currently, Mr. SiS and I are dying Easter eggs: an annual event for us.

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  13. I just hafta  say: I fail to BELIEVE  this post has not been attacked for comparing  Jesus to Bond.  Tell ya one thing, I  wouldn’t get away with that….Sox discrimination!!

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  14. Hypatia:
    I just hafta  say: I fail to BELIEVE  this post has not been attacked for comparing  Jesus to Bond.  Tell ya one thing, I  wouldn’t get away with that….Sox discrimination!!

    A well placed bribe donation helps, Hyp.

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  15. Hypatia:
    I just hafta  say: I fail to BELIEVE  this post has not been attacked for comparing  Jesus to Bond.

    Christians are too worn down by this stuff to waste energy making an objection.   The Department of English Literature at every university has provided a century of anti-Christian garbage that looks for Christ themes in nearly every writing on their list.

    I took the original post as mockery of that awful tradition.

    Tell ya one thing, I  wouldn’t get away with that….Sox discrimination!!

    Of course.   You are a known troublemaker and must be watched carefully.

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  16. MJBubba:

    Hypatia:
    I just hafta  say: I fail to BELIEVE  this post has not been attacked for comparing  Jesus to Bond.

    Christians are too worn down by this stuff to waste energy making an objection.   The Department of English Literature at every university has provided a century of anti-Christian garbage that looks for Christ themes in nearly every writing on their list.

    I took the original post as mockery of that awful tradition.

    Tell ya one thing, I  wouldn’t get away with that….Sox discrimination!!

    Of course.   You are a known troublemaker and must be watched carefully.

    I agree. She is deplorable.

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