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Wallace Sellars
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I have never read any Bond novels, but the way he is being described here reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker.
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I have never read any of the original James Bond novels, but I have seen all of the films, a fandom I inherited from my mother. But I've long been struck by something Warren Ellis wrote in 2002, when he described James Bond as he read in the novels:

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In the guts of it, though, is Bond as a scarred man with clear psychological damage, often on the edge of being removed from service by M on mental health grounds. It’s made stridently obvious that being on the 00 detail of the Secret Service is a job that fucks you up.

Bond is not a superman. He prevails because he is quite simply nastier and more determined to wreak utter bloody havoc than the next guy. In some ways — and I don’t think Fleming was unaware of this — he is what Allen Ginsberg called “bleak male energy,” causing and taking immense damage in single-minded pursuit of what he wants. At the conclusion of YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE, the front end of his personality essentially rubbed out by torture, drugs, multiple trauma and a sequence of horrible mental hammerblows, there is an almost disturbing glimpse of an amnesiac Bond as gentle, open, devoted, and almost sweet. And his lover dreads the day that he recovers.

He is England’s blunt instrument of international assault — the spiteful, vicious bastard of a faded empire that still wants the world to do as it’s bloody well told.


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Interesting. Back when Ellis had an online forum, he described the Bond novels as “vile.”

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I have never read any Bond novels, but the way he is being described here reminds me of Richard Stark's Parker.

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I guess there are some similarities.  Parker never really exhibited the weariness or the outright burnout Bond did. Yes, they both killed. True neither one particularly liked it, but if that's what the job called for, then do be it. 

They were both betrayed by lovers in their introductory tomes. Thinking about them both, it would've been interesting to see them pitted against one another. 
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