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James Bond's World of Values (1966)

by Lycurgus M. Starkey, Jr.
"The villains and the heroes get all mixed up," said James Bond from his hospital bed. The killing business used to be so simple, so clearly right or wrong. Bond is recuperating from the torture inflicted by Le Chiffre in the Casino Royale affair. Physically and emotionally depressed, he questions the morality of his secret-service job as a hired assassin. In so doing he reflects the moral confusion of our time. "Of course," says Bond, "patriotism comes along and makes it seem fairly all right [killing of the villain], but this country-right-or-wrong business is getting a little out of date. Today we are fighting Communism. Okay, if I'd been alive fifty years ago, the brand of conservatism we have today would have been damn near called Communism, and we should have been told to go and fight that."
You tell 'em, Lycurgus.
(Lycurgus. Hmm. His parents must have wanted him to become a minister.)