James Bond Theory Reveals Who Is Actually 007’s Main Enemy

James Bond has faced some formidable foes over the years, not least Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Auric Goldfinger, and that CGI tsunami in Die Another Day.

Every villain has always known the spy’s identity and 007 has stopped at nothing to uncover who they are. It led to a theory that the reason he’s actually bad at the whole spy game—specifically, the secrecy bit—is all part of MI6’s master plan, allowing the real spies to do their job.

Whatever the reasons for Bond’s all-guns-blazing approach, there’s no denying it’s effective, and no matter how dangerous the villain, Bond always wins at the end of the day and stops them.

But what if 007’s real enemy isn’t the likes of Blofeld, Dr No, and Goldfinger, but actually someone a lot closer to home? And it’s a neMesis he’ll never see coming… M.

The new theory comes from Reddit user KNHaw who suggests that the reason we’ve seen Bond out on so many death-defying missions isn’t that he’s the best at it, but because M is trying really hard to get him killed.

“We all know James Bond lives a life of danger, excitement and betrayal. We are led to believe that this is all in the line of duty, that Crown and Country face so many imminent threats that MI6 sends out agents on what amount to suicide missions on a regular basis,” they write.

“We’re also told that Bond is either the best at his job and thus gets handed all the plumb assignments or that every 00 agent lives this way. Still, he’s captured so often and faces so much insane violence and tortured you have to wonder how Bond and MI6 can function.

“Even accounting for the fact that he’s an idiot who runs around using his real name and pulling attention-grabbing antics, he sure gets compromised and captured a lot… What if it’s not an accident?

“We’re told that M is fond of Bond, in a fatherly, gentleman’s club sort of way, but what if that’s all a lie? Let us imagine that in the clubby, aristocratic, upper crust world of MI6, Bond somehow managed to offend his boss… Whatever the faux pas, Bond has to go.”

In a normal job situation, if Bond had offended his boss, M might just be willing to fire him and be done with it. He tried that in License to Kill (kind of) when he suspended him and revoked his license to kill, but it didn’t really do much good.

Imagine, too, if a resentful 007 decided to do an Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean’s Goldeneye baddie) and switch sides or even just reveal all of MI6’s secrets when he’s had one too many Martinis, it would be too much of a risk.

So a literal firing is all that will do when it comes to M getting rid of Bond, so he keeps choosing 007 for the dangerous missions under the guise of him being the only person who can get the job done.

“And if Q has some lethally unreliable equipment that needs field testing, why not send him out with that too?” they add, although as we all know, Q’s equipment will only ever come in handy at the exact right time—and it’ll work perfectly.

The real frustration for M would be that Bond genuinely is quite good at this saving the world lark, and he keeps coming back in one piece. So M just has to find another deadly mission to send him on and the cycle begins again.

Now, of course, we know that this theory is just a bit of fun and we don’t actually think M has a killer vendetta against Bond. We imagine it is very frustrating to have an agent who basically never pays attention to anything you say, though.

Where Bond might or might not be the same person (he probably isn’t), we do know that M has changed throughout the series when the actor has changed. This was confirmed after Judi Dench’s death in Skyfall when Ralph Fiennes then took on the M role.

So if the theory was going to hold water, you could say that it might only apply to only one M, and if it was going to be any of them, we’d put money on it being Dench’s M during the Pierce Brosnan era.

While past Ms had been cold towards Bond, they were rarely as openly hostile as Dench’s M was towards Brosnan’s Bond, calling him a “sexist, misogynist dinosaur” and a “relic of the Cold War”.

She has even had him evaluated, so was trying to get rid of him the ‘normal’ way and could then have seen offing him as the only solution. Their relationship mellowed over the missions and come Daniel Craig’s time, Bond was a nuisance, but she grew closer to him.

But maybe in those early days, M had a look at the MI6 case files and sent Bond on the missions that’d see him facing the most bullets.

Clearly, she should have just sent 006 after him though.

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