Here is an edited version of an article of mine that first appeared on jamesbondlifestyle.com
THE BOND BRAIN—THUNDERBALL
I have selected perhaps the only passage in the novel THUNDERBALL wherein we get a glimpse of the Bond Brain.
Here’s the quote from a conversation Bond has with Domino, (the sister of the pilot killed by Largo’s men) during dinner:
“I make up my own mind about men and women. What’s the good of other people’s opinions?”
Each one of us has unique experiences . Each one of us has a different degree of intelligence, tolerance, intolerance, passion, or sangfroid. Given the uniqueness of our makeup, Bond’s advice makes a great deal of sense. Make up your own mind, and don’t be overly influenced by the opinions of others.
Perhaps you are in sales. Other salespeople have opined that Company X is a bad prospect, or a tough sale, or some other negative thing. Yet, the unique you may feel differently, and obtain a different result than that predicted by your peers.
With respect to a bachelor’s potential romantic partners, same thing. One man’s beauty is another man’s stimulus to a lifetime of celibacy. One man may like the adventurous type, and another the homebody. Neither are wrong. Neither are right. It is an individual taste matter, and as long as you are acting in accordance with your own unique set of parameters, you are doing fine.
There are of course times when other people’s opinions do count. Politics for example. Here we can count on them usually being wrong. Consumer marketing is another arena where the opinions of others are paramount. What does that lead to? Budweiser beer and McDonalds.
So whether it’s business, booze or your choice of bordello, keep your own counsel, and remember the above words of Bond.
You will be a better bachelor for it.