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James Bond (Characters)

"Do I look like James Bond to you?"
"Am I asking you to retrieve a nuclear warhead? No. Just copy the attendance records. It's cake."

Dun-da-da dun dun dun dun, dun-da-da dun dun dun, dun-da-da dun dun dun, dun-da-da dun dun dun, DAH-DAH dun dun dun. Need more? "Shaken, not stirred." How about 007, license to kill? "Bond. James Bond." It this hasn't clued you in, then you live in a cultural wasteland where more than half a century of the tales, written and filmed, of the suave British spy has passed you by. Luckily for Wallace, Veronica does know who he's talking about.

1.02 "Credit Where Credit's Due"

"No ski mask?"
"You said wear dark colors."
"We're not breaking into a bank vault in a James Bond movie."

Veronica's reaction to Duncan's all-in-black ensemble for their unlawful entry into the home of the Mannings is more diplomatic than hysterical laughter. She compliments her paramour's likeness to...Sean Connery? No...George Lazenby? Roger Moore? Timothy Dalton? Pierce Brosnan? Daniel Craig? Hm. Woody Allen, maybe? The Bond films, featuring the ever-changing face of the British Secret Service's most famous agent, and increasingly or not at all based on author Ian Fleming's books, have been a fixture of the movies since 1962. Want a list? Here you go — Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, License to Kill, Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale. Phew! And that's not including the "unofficial" ones.

2.07 "Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner"

"Look, I'm happy to be the Q to your Bond, but crime pays."
...
"Excellent work as usual, Q."
"Right back at you, Mr. Bond."

In the Bond films, Q is the man who makes all the nifty gadgets for British Secret Service agent 007, James Bond. Mac and Veronica are a lot cuter, but can Mac make a car that turns into a submarine?

2.08 "Ahoy, Mateys!"

"I don't know if waiting for Clemmons to go to lunch qualifies as espionage, but setting off his secretary's car alarm, pure Bond."

This fella's name sure does get mentioned a lot on this show. The British Secret Service's Agent 007 of countless books and movies never fails to get his (wo)man and save the world. He's sexy, he's resourceful, and he loves his gadgets.

Bond. James Bond.

Mars. Veronica Mars.

Get it?

2.19 "Nevermind the Buttocks"

"Please don't give us the tux speech again."
"What? You mean, how when I put on a tux, I make James Bond look like Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel?"

Yet another James Bond reference, although this time it's Wallace who aspires to the mantle, and the tuxedo, of the most famous spy/agent/007 license to kill-killer in the world. The thing about Bond is that he is very smooth, very smart, and very elegant. In other words, he looks bloody fantastic in a suit, be he wearing the face of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, or Daniel Craig. This cannot be said of Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel, the dumb, ugly, sister-wiving, prolific, redneck hillbilly of The Simpsons. Cletus is a slobby slob. Now, we love Wallace and we love Percy, but there is no way on earth that his body in a tux is going to make 007 look like Cletus. Topanga, put that rock down!

2.20 "Look Who's Stalking"

"I get to do the kickin'?"
"You get to be the spy who loves me. The guys were really impressed with how you cleared the frat of the rape last year."

James Bond, Ian Fleming's famous 007, is the epitome of the cunning, sexy, brilliant secret agent. In 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond was played by Roger Moore, who followed Sean Connery and George Lazenby as the third Bond. The spy in Bond's case is Major Anya Amasova, played by the current Mrs. Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach. However, Amasova really did love Bond, whereas, despite the fine line between love and hate, Veronica's feelings about Dick more resemble disgusted loathing than love.

3.04 "Charlie Don't Surf"
Who's Who bio: James Bond
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Q (Characters)

"Look, I'm happy to be the Q to your Bond, but crime pays."
...
"Excellent work as usual, Q."
"Right back at you, Mr. Bond."

In the Bond films, Q is the man who makes all the nifty gadgets for British Secret Service agent 007, James Bond. Mac and Veronica are a lot cuter, but can Mac make a car that turns into a submarine?

2.08 "Ahoy, Mateys!"
Who's Who bio: Q

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