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James Bond 007. The ultimate Mustachian?
« on: November 16, 2015, 09:50:51 PM »
Last night I watched the latest Bond movie Spectre and loved it...
It got me thinking all about the Bond World and actually besides being pretty awesome he is very mustachian for a number of reasons.

For one thing he lives off a company black American Express card (shown in Casino Royal when he checks into the Bahamas hotel).
This means most of his hotel stays are paid by his employer. Bond himself probably gets quite a few credit card points from this plus frequent flyer miles galore!
He always flies business / first or even charter jet so points points points.

The house he lives in is quite mustachian. A smallish apartment in a classy part of London. Minimalist furniture and low maintenance.
Probably a rental but who knows he may own it. I can't imagine he has ever filled out a mortgage application before. It is also possibly paid by his employer. Safe houses can also be used instead of holiday houses :)

Cars: of course the Astons etc are all company cars! Easily replaced when he destroys them. He is also seen driving cheaper rental cars and steals the odd car here and there.
So all cars basically free then.

Other transport: well he runs... A lot... No need for a push bike then, and can steal and drive motorbikes, planes, trains and helicopters.
Former SES training comes in handy here. Which is quite mustachian as he is a "jack of all trades".

Clothes: well this is all very top end, perhaps his salary pays for all those $2000 suits but once again maybe they are employer financed?
The watches of course are free.

Food: well he doesn't eat well, or very much at all. An occasional fancy dinner feeds him for a few days, that probably helps with his overall fitness. Alcohol is his poison but he never seems to pay the bill for it? Always running out the back door or heading upstairs for a chat with the boss.
No need for Gym memberships either, "on the job" fitness with fist fights, sex and running around is all that's required to get the blood pumping. Probably could use the gym at MI6 if he was really bored that week.

Retirement savings: well there is probably a hefty government pension waiting for him at the end of his life, or a golden parachute if he is truly made redundant. Every time he wins at a casino or poker game he tends to give it all away or to a colleague to look after for him so they probably just chuck it in his bank account earning 1% interest. But he does have family inherited wealth so maybe that is all he needs.

The bad guys are the ultimate in discretionary spending. Multiple staff, boats, planes and helicopters. Luxury Cars and houses all over the World they either need to be a billionaire or a government dictator to be able to afford it.

So I guess that's what James Bond is all about then? Mustachain ideals VS the spenda-holic bad guys?



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Re: James Bond 007. The ultimate Mustachian?
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2015, 11:09:57 PM »
LOL!  I can't wait to see it…of course it will probably be after it comes out on DVD and it hits my local library que.  ;)

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Re: James Bond 007. The ultimate Mustachian?
« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2015, 07:27:16 AM »
He doesn't ever seem particularly happy, so I'm not sure mustachianism would really fit.  As a matter of fact, his work constantly gets in the way of him being happy.  Kinda an antithesis of the mustache really . . .

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Re: James Bond 007. The ultimate Mustachian?
« Reply #3 on: November 17, 2015, 09:30:53 AM »
But he has been in the same job for more than 50years with no promotion and no sign of early retirement

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Re: James Bond 007. The ultimate Mustachian?
« Reply #4 on: November 17, 2015, 09:41:18 AM »
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But he has been in the same job for more than 50years with no promotion and no sign of early retirement

Haha! Now I want to see a film with realistic aging where a 70 year old Bond has to keep going on spy missions because he can't afford to stop working.

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Re: James Bond 007. The ultimate Mustachian?
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2015, 09:45:49 AM »
That would be perfect.  They can cast the only correct bond (Connery) for the role again.

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Re: James Bond 007. The ultimate Mustachian?
« Reply #6 on: November 17, 2015, 10:09:24 AM »
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Haha! Now I want to see a film with realistic aging where a 70 year old Bond has to keep going on spy missions because he can't afford to stop working.

The villains will be aging too, because all of those expensive ray guns and super-bombs have got to be hard on the investment portfolio.

If the franchise keeps going another decade, the Parkour scenes will have to involve wheelchairs and walkers. I'd actually pay theater prices to see that.

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Re: James Bond 007. The ultimate Mustachian?
« Reply #7 on: November 17, 2015, 06:42:40 PM »
Retirement savings: unnecessary; low life expectancy.

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Re: James Bond 007. The ultimate Mustachian?
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2015, 11:36:30 AM »
But he has been in the same job for more than 50years with no promotion and no sign of early retirement

SWAMI?

http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2011/04/30/weekend-edition-retire-in-your-mind-even-if-you-love-your-job/

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Re: James Bond 007. The ultimate Mustachian?
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2015, 01:56:48 PM »
lol nath, I love your post :)

Even though I don't think he has retirement savings since he probably expects do get shot sooner or later ;)

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Re: James Bond 007. The ultimate Mustachian?
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2015, 02:24:53 PM »
Even though I don't think he has retirement savings since he probably expects do get shot sooner or later ;)

But just bad enough to get the disability check...