"00 Status Rescinded." - What Would Happen if Bond failed or did not exist?

Bueno1694Bueno1694 Former "X3MSonicX"
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What would ever happen with the world if James Bond failed or did not exist on any of his missions?
And with that, it could be any of them: books, movies, games, etc.

We always see Bond saving the world at the end of the day and we never have a glimpse of what could happen if he fails. Even the villains' speeches of what would happen feels a bit vague sometimes. And I don't mean just "the villain wins and the world is ruined blah blah". I am talking about all aspects - social, economical, political, and all of the other society important areas. I think it's a good discussion to see and know how the world would be if any of the bad guys succeeded in their plans.

Like Goldfinger for example. When Bond realizes that the bomb in Fort Knox would bring "Economical chaos in the west". What would that be, exactly? Would the USA become bankrupt at all? Or would it recover itself from the loss of one of its biggest national treasures, since it is a very rich country? Would other nations help it to re-establish its economy? How many years would that take? How would the radiation affect not only Fort Knox but all of the field regions around it?
It might be obvious but it might not be. Maybe other countries wouldn't help the "west" at all due to the loss of many investments that would've been put into the United States - they could have been destroyed along Fort Knox.

I might just be fumbling my words here but at least I tried to bring a different thread.

If this kind of discussion isn't allowed here (As it has politics, economics, and social topics around it), I'm sorry and I won't have any problems on the admins closing it.

Comments

  • MalloryMallory Are you ready to get back to work?
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    Well Moonraker would be the worst. Total annihilation of the human race.
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    Well Craigs Bond has failed twice so far and the result was him indirectly financing terrorism ( CR ) and failing to protect M ( SF ).The result is not much changed but given how the villains of his era are so lacking in ambition thats not surprising.
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    Mallory wrote: »
    Well Moonraker would be the worst. Total annihilation of the human race.

    Yes, it’s the end of pretty much everything if Drax wins. He kills everyone on Earth then sends his shuttles back down with their cargo of genetically perfect humans to restart things.

    The plots where someone is trying to start World War Three have less certain outcomes, mainly I think because they rely on psychology. So Stromberg for instance is taking a psychological gamble. He’s gambling that once his submarines start firing missiles then other countries will start firing their own missiles at each other. But that’s not guaranteed. The leaders may pick up their phones instead, and talk to each other to find out what’s going on.

    So that’s a weakness in Stomberg’s plan (ditto Blofeld in YOLT and Orlov in OP) that Drax’s plan doesn’t have, because Drax’s plan does not require world leaders to act in a certain way.
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    LALD is odd, now that I think about it. If Bond fails then Katanga achieves his monopoly on US heroin distribution. The result (like the result of all monopolies) would be more expensive heroin on US streets, and therefore fewer heroin users?
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    Specifically regarding GF, @Locque posted this link a while ago, to an article which explains why Goldfinger’s plan might not actually have much effect on the gold price at all https://fee.org/articles/how-economics-would-have-spoiled-goldfingers-sinister-plot-if-james-bond-hadnt/
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    He’s gambling that once his submarines start firing missiles then other countries will start firing their own missiles at each other. But that’s not guaranteed. The leaders may pick up their phones instead, and talk to each other to find out what’s going on.

    Sadly, I think that's placing a little too much faith in our leaders. Also, audiences of the time would have assumed both superpowers to follow the logic of MAD. (Mutual Assured Destruction--"Either side, if attacked for any reason by the other, would retaliate with equal or greater force. The expected result is an immediate, irreversible escalation of hostilities resulting in both combatants' mutual, total, and assured destruction...The doctrine further assumes that neither side will dare to launch a first strike because the other side would launch on warning or with surviving forces (a second strike), resulting in unacceptable losses for both parties.").
    So if the high command of the US or USSR saw nuclear missiles coming toward them from submarines, they wouldn't get on the phone with the enemy. They would try to retaliate as soon as possible.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    There's a chance the world might have actually been a better place if he hadn't intervened in TMWTGG! :)
  • MaxCasinoMaxCasino United States
    Posts: 1,851
    mtm wrote: »
    There's a chance the world might have actually been a better place if he hadn't intervened in TMWTGG! :)

    Yep, thanks a lot Ronald Reagan!
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