Parasocial interaction - our relationship with Bond

edited November 24 in No Time To Die (2021) Posts: 1,225
I came across a rather grand sounding new phrase and phenomenon this week - parasocial interaction. That is to say, the psychological relationship that viewers have with a character or media celebrity that they never meet. Ie when people say “I love/hate xxx” despite only having seen them on the tv performing. Or feeling you know someone you only see on tv.

Here’s a more detailed explanation:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parasocial_interaction

It got me thinking about the relationship we all have to a greater or lesser degree with Bond. Personally I initially felt deflated, angry and let down with the end of NTTD. Seeing it through the prism of what I guess is my own ‘Parasocial relationship’ with the character, I can understand why that is. I expect certain things from the character that I didn’t get - certain behaviours. it felt like a disappointment - out of character.

I’ve read words from some members like “betrayal” etc. All very personal emotions considering this is a piece of entertainment. Maybe Eon underestimated the contract some fans have with the character. I certainly think they made a mistake.

Anyway I thought the idea was interesting - maybe you will too. Worth a read.

Comments

  • NickTwentyTwoNickTwentyTwo Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Posts: 5,083
    Matt007 wrote: »

    I’ve read words from some members like “betrayal” etc. All very personal emotions considering this is a piece of entertainment. Maybe Eon underestimated the contract some fans have with the character. I certainly think they made a mistake.

    If this group exists and I’m sure it does, it represents all in all a very small percentage of fans and, more importantly, the theatre going public. Those in charge absolutely cannot afford to cater to these people.

    It’s an interesting topic for sure!
  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
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    Is this like Robbie Williams having one of those faces you automatically want to punch?
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
    Posts: 16,663
    Interesting article.
    Basically, don't mess with our psi heroes.
    And btw, if Indy dies in this last movie I will not pay a cent to see it. [-(
  • Posts: 516
    chrisisall wrote: »
    Interesting article.
    Basically, don't mess with our psi heroes.
    And btw, if Indy dies in this last movie I will not pay a cent to see it. [-(

    It is an interesting article. I can relate. I love Daniel Craig’s Bond. Best character of all-time for me. What they did...I’m not going to go there tonight. I’ve said my peace elsewhere.
    @chrisisall
    I’m afraid the “great” Marvel has set us up to see the demise of any of our favorite characters going forward. We’ve already seen the recent trend. Unfortunately I saw Avengers Endgame, and that’s just the beginning. Batman, Indy...basically any well known or iconic character that hasn’t died is probably going to. The most idiotic trend of all-time is here. Thanks Hollywood!
  • chrisisallchrisisall Brosnan Defender Of The Realm
    Posts: 16,663
    chrisisall wrote: »
    Interesting article.
    Basically, don't mess with our psi heroes.
    And btw, if Indy dies in this last movie I will not pay a cent to see it. [-(

    It is an interesting article. I can relate. I love Daniel Craig’s Bond. Best character of all-time for me. What they did...I’m not going to go there tonight. I’ve said my peace elsewhere.
    @chrisisall
    I’m afraid the “great” Marvel has set us up to see the demise of any of our favorite characters going forward. We’ve already seen the recent trend. Unfortunately I saw Avengers Endgame, and that’s just the beginning. Batman, Indy...basically any well known or iconic character that hasn’t died is probably going to. The most idiotic trend of all-time is here. Thanks Hollywood!

    I hated Endgame.
  • Posts: 516
    chrisisall wrote: »
    chrisisall wrote: »
    Interesting article.
    Basically, don't mess with our psi heroes.
    And btw, if Indy dies in this last movie I will not pay a cent to see it. [-(

    It is an interesting article. I can relate. I love Daniel Craig’s Bond. Best character of all-time for me. What they did...I’m not going to go there tonight. I’ve said my peace elsewhere.
    @chrisisall
    I’m afraid the “great” Marvel has set us up to see the demise of any of our favorite characters going forward. We’ve already seen the recent trend. Unfortunately I saw Avengers Endgame, and that’s just the beginning. Batman, Indy...basically any well known or iconic character that hasn’t died is probably going to. The most idiotic trend of all-time is here. Thanks Hollywood!

    I hated Endgame.

    You and me both! Horrendous movie. 3 hours of my life I’ll never get back.
  • edited November 25 Posts: 458
    I don't feel betrayed. Craig is my favorite Bond actor by far, and I've been deeply invested in him since Casino Royale. Yet I liked NTTD's ending and had no problem with it.

    He was always a more morbid and tragic case than the other Bonds; it would've been more surprising if the movie had a happy ending.
  • Posts: 1,225
    I had never heard of the term or phenomenon and can totally get on board with it as an idea. I also guess that’s why people who *maybe* at the more extreme end of the spectrum in terms of fandom - like the people who reacted so severely to Star Wars character choices in the sequels - are so vocal and get so emotional and angry about things that break the rules of *their* relationship with the characters
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