Study Guide

Dr. No Competition

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What would the events be in a Spy Olympics? Marksmanship? The Shaken-not-Stirred Relay? The 500m Sneak? Whatever the sports are, we imagine James Bond would take home the gold in the Double-O-lympics.

When we first see Bond, he's at a casino, so clearly the man likes games. However, we soon see that almost everything is a game to James Bond. And he plays to win. By everything, we mean everything. Whether it's gambling (obviously), shooting, sex, or saving the world, Bond gives 100.7% to be the very best, like no one ever was.

His competitive streak makes matters extra intense when he comes across equally competitive men. Bond feels the need to fluff up his peacock feathers whenever another man comes within a 100-feet radius. And he always ends up on top.

If you're going against Bond—or you're a woman he's showing off for—on your marks, get set, and go. The games are afoot! (Oops, wrong British guy.)

Questions About Competition

  1. When does Bond's competitive nature get him into more trouble than it's worth?
  2. Why does Leiter find it necessary to "test" Bond before allying with him? How does Bond pass the test?
  3. What traits does Dr. No admire in Bond? Does No think he is superior to Bond, or does he recognize that Bond is better?

Chew on This

Bond is a stereotype of machismo, which means he always needs to prove his manliness.

Both men and women recognize Bond's competitive desire to be superior as evidence of his actual superiority. Men want to be him, women want to be with him. And sometimes vice-versa, we're sure.

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