Hello again! This month on ALPHA VS. OMEGA, we feature a couple of fictional British spies.
FIRST CONTESTANT: JAMES BOND
James Bond, first of all, must be the WORST secret agent ever -- introducing himself by name to virtually everyone he meets, and what's more, saying it twice.
In keeping with this utter lack of secrecy, he seems to be constantly getting into public gunfights and fistfights and car chases. Also chases ass constantly, which often leads him into traps (and usually leads to the girl getting killed.)
"Secret" is not much a part of THIS agent. Drinks and smokes so much he probably would have died of cancer before the bad guys got him, anyway. Often has to rely on stupid gadgets to get him out of situations he shouldn't have been in in the first place:
In addition to a fondness for pointless and destructive stunts, he is almost always either captured and tortured by the enemy, or forced to leave his job and do things without sanction, usually after some kind of violent bungling.
Married once, but, as usual, proves unable to protect his wife, Tracey:
He does manage to get the job done, usually, albeit at the last minute and usually only with the assistance of other countries' intelligence agents like Felix Leiter, Tiger Tanaka, etc. So we'll give him a few points for trying hard.
Yet somewhat regretfully, as he's basically a tragic figure who deserves our pity, we must declare him:
Our next contestant: GEORGE SMILEY
Colorless and boring British intelligence service bureaucrat on the wrong side of middle age. Often butts heads with his employers, and usually on the verge of retirement. Poor guy even has an unfaithful wife.
But this is the man who gets shit done. A spy's spy. Early in his career, using his cover as a lecturer, he recruited and organized spy networks, and then became a higher-up in British intelligence. Used psychology and cunning and manipulation. You know, like a spy is supposed to do.
After years of maneuvering against his Soviet arch-enemy Karla, does Smiley kill him, or have him killed?
No, the clever bastard eventually forces the guy to defect:
And yes, he does eventually toss the cheating wife out on her ass.