Bond fans are different. They (we) make an effort. When I was younger, I found that watching the Bond films and reading the books made me a more active and motivated person. I began to take an interest not just in playing video games but in learning new things. Online Bond forums are, by and large, not a bunch of nerds arguing over fantasy scenarios but guys talking about actual skills: effective martial arts to learn for self-defense, good clothing decisions, how to fix cars, elegant alcoholic drinks, card-playing tips, travel locations, etc. These are real skills that you can go out and learn and use. You can’t learn how to fly an X-wing, do flips with a lightsaber, or use the Vulcan neck thing to take out a mutant invader.

Sure, as a Bond fan I learned some of the more outlandish skills, such as how to pick handcuffs with a paperclip, but I also got off my ass and took up boxing, judo, military combatives, and foreign languages. I also took an interest in classic men’s clothing (though Steve McQueen beats any Bond any day of the week in this department). I still love Bond, though as I’ve aged (I’m a ripe old 27), he’s no longer my inspiration for learning new things. But he was my initial inspiration, as a younger lad, for striving to be a well rounded man.

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