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Why James Bond Fans Are Better Than Sci-Fi Geeks

Think Ursula Andress cares whether Yoda's lightsaber style would beat Mace Windu's?

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Robert Wargas

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September 13, 2012 - 8:00 am
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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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Robert Wargas is a contributor to PJ Media. A native of Long Island, he was educated at the City University of New York and Yale University, and has also written for The Daily Telegraph of London and The Weekly Standard. Outside of opinion writing, he has worked as a professional historian for a major research laboratory and university, documenting the history of biotechnology since the 1970s. He has also reported for both weekly and daily newspapers, including Newsday. He maintains a personal blog/website at robertwargas.org. Follow him on Twitter @RobertWargas
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