Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: The Hardboiled James Bond?

From: Anderson, Erick (ETW) (
Date: 24 Apr 2002

Orphaned at 11. Public school education. Kicked out of college. Served his country during WWII. No friends. No family. Kills for a living -- in hot blood and cold -- and wonders if it's all bullshit. Follows no ones rules. Variously described as cruel, ruthless, cold, taciturn. PLUS:









Gets nearly blown up, nearly shot, rolls his car, gets beat up, tortured, nearly shot again. Tied to a chair, sits for hours watching the sun reflect off a pool of his own blood. Makes it to the hospital alive, spends weeks recovering, thinks about marrying his girlfriend, finds her dead body. Discovers she's an enemy spy in her suicide note confession, then calls headquarters to say, "The bitch is dead."

This is the image I have of James Bond, and the image I had when I voted for him. Being hard-boiled means being boiled hard -- all the way through to the core; having no soft center. I think one is hard-boiled in one's soul, that it doesn't matter where he lives, where he goes, who he hangs out with or how he talks.

Just my opinion.

Best Regards, Erick

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