From the beginning of the James Bond movie franchise in 1962, 007 has proved to be a long-lasting cultural icon. The spy for the U.K. Secret Service has now starred in 26 movies, accruing many high-tech gadgets and charming huge amounts of women as he goes. But who is James Bond? Is he a hero? A villain? A symbol of a time gone by? Or totally irrelevant?
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James Bond is a compelling character who has been popular for decades - with good reason.
Bond embodies all aspects of masculinity that men aspire to. He is protective, confident and charming. The way he holds himself, the way he charms women and the lifestyle he lives are all indicative of a strong, masculine presence the average man should aspire to. This is a huge part of his appeal to audiences.
This speaks to why Bond has always been and should always be a man, something that has been corroborated by one of the producers of the franchise. The way masculinity underpins Bond's very essence means that Bond should be played by a man.
[P1] James Bond is the epitome of masculinity.
[P2] This is what makes him an aspirational figure and a popular character.