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JAMES BOND JUNIOR

There's little James Bond Junior hasn't inherited from his world-famous uncle - his name; his nature; his passion for fast cars, gadgets and beautiful women with double entendres for names; and of course, his apparently genetic ability to make an eye-watering pun out of any conceivable situation. But despite these similarities, James Bond the younger differs from his uncle in three key respects. Firstly, his crimefighting capers are only possible if he manages to sneak out of school undetected; secondly, his success with the ladies is severely limited by his preference for soft drinks as opposed to Martini; and thirdly, he retains a sensitive and compassionate side, even for his enemies, that 007's decades in the Secret Service has had a tendency to erode.

As is the case with his notorious uncle, James the younger spends so much time making quips a


nd one-liners about other people that it's almost impossible to get to the bottom of his own character - which, ironically, could be said to be among the series' least fleshed-out. Often more of a conduit for action and adventure than a three-dimensional person in his own right, there are nonetheless some key episodes which demonstrate a little more about our hero, emphasising particular character points that may be alluded to more subtly throughout the rest of the series. In both Never Give a Villain a Fair Shake and Never Lose Hope, he's fearless to the point of arrogance and recklessness when it comes to discussing his own personal safety, yet also demonstrates moments of compassion for his enemies, as is also the case in Hostile Takeover. In Friends Like These he displays a deep desire to be liked, and an envy of newcomers - a trait that's also alluded to in Hostile Takeover. There are very few occasions on which his 'love interests' actually develop into anything remotely resembling romance (The Eiffel Missile is probably the closest he comes), but he engages in mild flirtation in most episodes to some degree. He shows his qualities as a friend to I.Q. in The Beginning and Dance of the Toreadors, but is often less than considerate towards Tracy and Phoebe - with the latter, this sometimes borders on downright manipulation. Although he appears never to have directly killed anyone in the series, James does inadvertently cause a death of a S.C.U.M. agent in Hostile Takeover, expressing deep regret afterwards, yet elsewhere seems fond of causing avalanches/cave-ins/earthquakes, regardless of the damage to local infrastructure/archaeological finds/ancient monuments and the potential mortal danger to those left inside. In some episodes he actively relishes putting his foes in what seem to be grave and inescapable situations (Jaws in Plunder Down Under, for example), although arguably since we are always fairly confident that Jaws won't die, James's behaviour is excusable in such instances. More than anyone else, James's character suffers from a general inconsistency in the tone of the show itself throughout its run, lurching awkwardly between deadly serious and downright farcical.

As the eponymous hero, we're as certain as we can be that James appears in all episodes of the series.

Voice Artist: Corey Burton

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