British Authors Think Great Britian is Shaping World Events Through Intelligence Agencies British authors believe that their country of Great Britain is shaping world events potentially and morally through its intelligence agencies. Morally , there are several methods in which they have shown this. In Ian Fleming’s books, James Bond embodied the idea of a consumer society which have morally affected society. The sadistic infliction of pain is another formula used in many of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books that morall y affects society. They have also potentially affected world events with their intelligenc e agencies.
In several cases, the British have solved the potentially serious problems of other alli ed nations that could affect the whole world. Both Ian Fleming and John Le Carre believe that becau se of Britain’s superior resources, it is a leader that can potentially change the world. A ll of this affects everyday life in almost every country in the world and helping to revolutionize the world. Ian Fleming has instilled in James Bond the idea of a consume r society. James Bond always knows exactly what he likes and he always has the resources to order whatever it may be.
In Casino Royale, he encourages one of the girls with to ignor e the column of prices during a dinner. She complies saying “Well, I’d like to start with caviar and then have a plain grilled rognon de veau with pommes souffles. And then I’d like to have fra ises des bois with a lot of cream”1. He then orders some expensive food for himself. To explai n for this he says “You must forgive me.
I take a ridiculous pleasure in what I eat and drink. It comes partly from being a bachelor, but mostly from a habit of taking a lot of trouble over details.”2 The pleasure Bond takes in possessing and consuming material objects has several significance. In part it is simply the prerogative of the hero to live well. The brand names Bond end orses are those the reader might find, if not among his own toiletries or in his own garage, then on the shelves of a nearby store or the lot of a nearby dealer. Bond uses his knowledge of th e ways of the world to enforce justice.
1,2 Fleming, Ian Casino Royale (Lowe & Brydone Printers Ltd., London, 1954), pg. 92 Much of this has had an impact in today’s society and it was particularly evident in the 1980s during the boom years. People continually bought clothes wit h name brands such as the Gap, Club Monaco, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, and so on. Other consum er products like shoes from Reebok and Nike, electronics from Sony, automobiles from Merc edes-Benz and BMW, were all bought without a care in the world because the consumer k nows what they want and so they just charged it to their credit cards because they were a readily attainable resource. The generation that watched and read about James Bond bought into his lifestyle and it affected the whole world.
A formula used in many of Ian Fleming’s James Bond books is t he sadistic infliction of pain. In Casino Royale, a Soviet agent has Bond stripped and tied to a seatless armchair. He wants to know where Bond has placed the winnings from his gambling . When Bond refuses to divulge the location of his winnings, the agent striked upwards wi th a carpet-beater. “Bond’s whole body arched in an involuntary spasm.
His face contracted in a soundless scream, and his lips flew right away from his teeth. At the same time his head fle w back with a jerk showing the taut sinews of his neck. For an instant, muscles stood out in knots all over his body and his toes and fingers clenched until they were quite white. Then his bo dy sagged, and perspiration started to bead all over his skin. He muttered a deep groan.”3 The Soviet agent taunts him with the intention to castrate Bond through the torture or failing that , with a carving knife he has at hand, make the scene into an obscene parody of an Oedipal situatio n. Oedipus used a knife to pull out his own eyes.
3 Fleming, Ian Casino Royale (Lowe & Brydone Printers Ltd., Lo ndon, 1954), pg. 144 This sort of episode shows Fleming’s notorious sadism. Bond i s always the victim or the witness. “Elegance and ingenuity usually characterize these scenes . Pain becomes an artistic effect.”4 In many modern books and films of the late 1970s and 198 0s, it became more and more acceptable that pain be glorified. Movies like Hellraiser, Friday the 13th, and Poltergeist are examples of this. These movies generally are easily to get access to and are a form of enjoyment for many. Most people do not give these movies and books much thou ght as to the message they are sending to people.
Some people have been inspired by these boo ks and movies to commit actions similar to James Bond:both heroic and criminal. 4Lewis, Peter John Le Carre (Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., I nc., New York, 1985), pg. 169 Other nations often have potentially serious problems that co uld affect the world and it is left for the British to solve them. In Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger , Auric Goldfinger plans to break into Fort Knox where most of the U.S. gold reserves are loca ted. “Goldfinger’s carefully-planned plot called Operation Grand Slam called for uniforms to di sguise an attack force, a deadly poison to annihilate the local population, an atom bomb to blast open the vault and even arranges to rendezvous with a Soviet submarine.”5 5Van Dover, J.K.
Murder in the Millions (Frederick Ungar Publ ishing Co., Inc., New York, 1984), pg 193 James Bond gets involved because this would increase the pric e of gold ten times which would cause havoc on money markets all over the world and he must prevent lives from being lost. He prevents this from happening with the assistance of Pussy Galore. Even though the American agents are aware of Goldfinger’s plan, they leave it up t o Bond to save the day which he does. Later on, the President of the U.S. wanted to thank him b ut Goldfinger gets in the way along with Oddjob.
The American couldn’t save their own gold on th eir own and had no idea as to what was going until James Bond informed them. Instead a Bri tish agent had to do most of difficult work while they cleaned up after him. Both Ian Fleming and John Le Carre believe that because of Br itain’s superior resources, it is a leader that can potentially change the world. The most imp ortant of Britain’s superior resources that makes it a leader in the world is the people in its secret service like James Bond and George Smiley. James Bond has been called a latter-day Saint G eorge for the whole world because he really kills dragons.
“Bond is a hero who rides out to vanquish a grotesque villain embodying social and moral evil-contemporary totalitarianism as we ll as traditional vices like pride and desires for things that belong to other people.”6 6Van Dover, J.K. Murder in the Millions (Frederick Ungar Publ ishing Co., Inc., New York, 1984), pg. 264 James Bond is a warrior on a modern battlefield. Missiles and nuclear weapons figure prominently in the foreground of his missions. James Bond has acce ss to a wide variety of weapons that are fantastically more advanced than anything that Am ericans or Soviets have. He can always count on Q Branch for useful devices like homing device s, an Aston Martin with smokescreen, oil slick, machine guns and ejector seat, bullet proo f vest that can withstand automatic weapon fire, laser guns, watches that let him listen on conversations, and so on.
Using all these gadgets, he single-handedly again and again rescues a da msel, slays a monster and averts a holocaust. In You Only Live Twice, the head of the Japanese secret servi ce refers to as St George because it describes his task. He tells him,”You are to enter this Castle of Death and slay the dragon within”7 and later he adds:”But Bondo-san, does it not amus e you to think of that foolish dragon dozing all unsuspecting in his castle while St. George come s silently riding towards his lair across the waves?”8. The dragon that Bond must slay is the he ad of the international criminal group known as SPECTRE, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who lives in a seasi de castle.
Blofeld dresses himself in a black silk kimono embroidered with golden dragons and he recruits his assistants from the Black Dragon Society, a powerful Japanese secret society. These 2 allusions show how Blofeld is linked to the dragon that must be slayed by the modern St. George of the free world in order to protect it from harm. 7,8 Fleming, Ian You Only Live Twice (Lowe & Brydone Printers Ltd., London, 1964), pg. 60 In John Le Carre’s books, George Smiley frequently flexes his intellectual muscles to undertake academic excursions into the mystery of human behaviour, disciplined by the practical application of his own deductions.
A perfect balance of reason and feeling is something Smiley is able to achieve always in capacity as a spy when he combines lo gical analysis with the guidance provided by his feelings for other people and his instinc ts. A case in point is his response to the killing of his former colleague, General Vladimir in Smiley’s People. “Caring for Vladimir commits Smiley to the pursuit of his murderers; insti nct tells him that there is something wrong with the loose cigarettes he finds in Vladimir’s r oom; and a logical and meticulous recreation of Vladimir’s last moments enables him to di scover the whereabouts of the cigarette pack he has sensed contains the information that he is seeking.”9 Using methods such as these, he accomplishes his triumph over his Moriarty:Karla the head of Thirteenth Directorate of the KGB. His Black Grail finally achieved over his chief nemesis by forcing Karla to defect to the Circus. 9Monaghan, David Smiley’s Circus (Orbis Book Publishing Corpo ration Ltd., London, 1986), pg. 43 Ian Fleming and John Le Carre assert that British Intelligenc e agents like James Bond and George Smiley are moulding global events potentially and moral ly. The agents have potentially affected global events by solving the serious problems of other allied nations that could rest of the whole world and using their incomparable resourc es to change the world for the better.
They have also morally affected the real world with Ja mes Bond leading the people to embracing the concept of a consumer society and the sadistic in fliction of pain in entertainment. This has caused many people to alter their standard s in terms of violence and in the products that they buy. People also now know that if they don’ t hear about a damaging spy problem, it is because British Intelligence is leading the way to prevent such a problem from occurring. Bibliography Fleming, Ian Casino Royale, Lowe & Brydone Printers Ltd., London, 1954 Fleming, Ian You Only Live Twice, Lowe & Brydone Printers Ltd., Lo ndon, 1964 Lewis, Peter John Le Carre, Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., Inc., New York, 1985 Monaghan, David Smiley’s Circus, Orbis Book Publishing Corporation Ltd., London, 1986 Van Dover, J.K. Murder in the Millions, Frederick Ungar Publishing Co., Inc., New York, 1984.