Recently, I’ve been making my way through the James Bond novels. Even back in the late 1950’s Ian Fleming (speaking through Bond) noticed and criticized changes for the worse in the world, especially with regards to feminism and the increasing welfare state (I can’t remember which book it was, but Fleming basically predicts that the NHS and Nanny State of the UK would bring down the country in the long run).
It’s also refreshing to read a novel where a MAN thinks and acts like a MAN should. That is something, in our current day, that is lacking in literature. Nowhere do you have Bond softening what he says or thinks, so that the women (readers or characters) will not be “offended.”
Fleming/Bond makes it clear, women are the weaker sex. They make decisions based on emotion or whims, get in the way when a job needs to be done, and for the most part need to be rescued or protected from harm.
However, Bond does love women. He enjoys the meeting, pursuit and conquest of a beautiful woman. And contrary to the Movie Bond, he doesn’t stick his dick in every woman he comes across in the novels. Feminists may decry him as a misogynistic playboy cad, but the allure of the dark, mysterious man continues on into our current times.
Fleming wrote in Goldfinger about gender roles switching, emphasis is mine:
Bond came to the conclusion that Tilly Masterton was one of those girls whose hormones had got mixed up. He knew the type well and thought they and their male counterparts were a direct consequence of giving votes to women and ‘sex equality’. As a result of fifty years of emancipation, feminine qualities were dying out or being transferred to the males. Pansies of both sexes were everywhere, not yet completely homosexual, but confused, not knowing what they were. The result was a herd of unhappy sexual misfits–barren and full of frustrations, the women wanting to dominate and the men to be nannied. He was sorry for them, but he had no time for them.
This was written in the late 50s, see how easily you could juxtapose it and see similarities with today’s world.
If you want an archetype of a man to emulate, James Bond of the novels is one you can’t go wrong with.
The James Bond Books
Live and Let Die
Diamonds are Forever
From Russia with Love
For Your Eyes Only
The Spy Who Loved Me
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
You Only Live Twice
The Man with the Golden Gun
Octopussy/The Living Daylights