James Bond is a culturally significant personality in modern media. He was created by Ian Fleming in 1953. Fleming took aspects of Bond from himself, personalities surrounding himself, and his own experiences. Bond passed from paper to onscreen with minor changes.
It may be hard to spot the differences between onscreen and paper as Fleming took aspects of Bond’s actors, such as Sean Connery’s Scottish traits, and worked those into his character’s background and personality as he continued his writing of Bond stories. As time passed and different actors filled the roles as well as different writers continuing Fleming’s legacy, some of that characterization has been left behind from novel to film.
Other aspects of Bond heightened in the film but not as relevant to the stories in the novels are his interactions with M’s secretary Moneypenny, his dependence upon high tech gadgets, the watches he uses, the liqour he consumes, his cars and the spectacular car crashes, as well as his womanizing habits. This can be readily seen in product placement and audience appeal to draw upon the desire to escape into Bond’s exciting, dashing persona from mundane reality. Bond on paper or onscreen is very appealing to audiences.
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