Here at EDGAR, we’re all about being stylish, confident, and trained secret agents… OK, maybe not the last part, but you get the idea. Ask anyone to name a fictional character who is all of those things however, and you can be sure that they will say Bond. James Bond.
Ian Flemming’s creation is a cult figure in cinema, with some of the world’s most iconic actors, including Daniel Craig, Sean Connery and Roger Moore, all adding their own personal touches to their portrayals of the character.
He’s not perfect – in fact he has many flaws – but that’s just part of his charm, and his ethos of strength, style and confidence is very much something that every gentleman should aspire to. Here are 12 lessons you can learn from 007:
- 1. Show compassion
We’ve lost count of the number of times Bond has been double-crossed (usually by a stunning Bond girl), but then decided against taking his revenge when he had the chance. Taking the high road and being the bigger man gives you a much greater feeling of satisfaction than taking the metaphorical eye for an eye.
- 2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Although Bond is very much a lone agent, he’s never too proud to ask for help if he thinks he can use someone else’s skills or knowledge to achieve his goal. And if it’s good enough for him, it should be good enough for us – that means you, man who refuses to stop and ask for directions even though he’s hopelessly lost.
- 3. Keep fit
There’s no way Bond could chase down villains if he was a carrying a little pot belly and a pair of man boobs around with him, and although your day job may not involve running down criminals, being fitter and healthier is something we could all benefit from.