Bond, . . . James Bond

The chlamydia carrier

A recent not-too-serious article on the BBC website compares James Bond’s sex life with the average British male.  Even though this is an obvious part of the media blitz to create buzz for the upcoming movie, I did learn several new things.

The James Bond films do not show explicit sex, usually just waking up together in bed, but someone counted in the series (up to 2002) strong implications of sexual contact with 46 different women and mild encounters with a further 52.  His partners included Pussy Galore, Holly Goodhead, Honey Ryder, and Xenia Onatopp, names I have never encountered.  And, it took several actors many years to portray his total.

In contrast, a survey found English men have an average of 9.3 female sexual partners over their lifetimes, still impressive to me.   Brits being Brits, the survey specified only female partners.

The article is not in praise of James Bond. On the contrary, even in one of the movies he is called a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur,”  and he almost certainly has chlamydia, a word I had to look up and want no part of.

There are also concerns about his mental state.  Another word I had to look up was “psychopathy,” used to describe him.

Wikipedia defines psychopathy as a vague personality disorder characterized by shallow emotions, reduced fear, lack of empathy, coldheartedness, lack of guilt, egocentricity, superficial charm, manipulativeness, irresponsibility, impulsivity, and a parasitic lifestyle.  In other words, typical guy stuff, only more so.

People with psychopathy are often perceived as charming and charismatic, says the article, attracting the admiration of men as well as the affection of women  Yes!  Even in high school, I noticed girls were attracted to boys displaying these symptoms, but according to your reunion biographies, most of you made better choices after a little life experience.

About Roger Walck

My reasons for writing this blog are spelled out in the posting of 10/1/2012, Montaigne's Essays. They are probably not what you think.
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