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Licence To Kill
1. The three qualities that I felt James Bond most possessed throughout the story
were determination, bravery, and intelligence. In the next several paragraphs I will explain
how incidents in the story revealed each quality portrayed by James Bond.
In the beginning of the story a drug lord named, Frans Sanchez, severely injures
James Bond’s partner, Felix Leiter, and kills his wife Della Leiter after escaping an
attempted arrest by Felix. After this incident Bond becomes determined to capture
Sanchez, bring his drug empire down, and avenge what he had done to his partner and
close friend Felix Leiter. Bond shows such strong determination that he disobeys his chief,
“M”, and the secret service branch of London in order to continue his mission with
Sanchez. Bond was ordered by “M” to drop the case and head to Istanbul where he would
be briefed on his next mission. However, Bond told his chief that he was not done with his
mission and that if he was not allowed to continue with it he would have to resign from
the secret service. Determined to bring Sanchez down and avenge all the pain which his
friend inflected he eventually gave in his resignation and became a free agent.
James Bond shows intelligence throughout the entire story. From his surprising
attack tactics, to how he tricks villains and enemies into doing exactly what he wants.
Bond was the type of man that was usually in control of the situation. There comes a point
in the story where Bond must figure a way out to turn two major druglords against each
other, William Krest and Frans Sanchez, in order for him to gain the trust of Sanchez so
he can learn more about his drug organization and what he was about. He devises a plan
that convinces Sanchez that Krest was stealing millions of dollars from him and that he
was going to meet with the Chinese to plan an assassination in his name. Eventually Bond
thinks of a way to set Krest up so that Sanchez believes him. The plan was so well though
out that it surprised me how intelligent Bond actually was. He was in complete control of
everything that happened and he eventually gained the trust of Sanchez and was granted
permission to go to his secret drug plant in Isthmus city.
There are many times throughout the story where James Bond shows bravery and
courage. For example in one chapter in the story Bond attempts to enter an aquarium,
owned by William Krest, where he believes Sanchez is using submergible robots to
transport cocaine to ships out in the sea. Not knowing exactly what was inside, Bond
sneaks into the warehouse through tunnels located under the aquarium. Once inside he
encounters several enemies which cause problems for him. However, Bond makes the
reader feel that he is fearless as he goes in and takes out each enemy one by one in such a
professional matter, that of which you would expect from a secret agent. Bond survives
this part of the story and eventually escapes to follow Sanchez towards his secret estate.
2. Beowulf and James Bond each encounter enemies and get involved in battles
which are actually quite similar to each other. In Beowulf, the hero encounters a fire
breathing dragon that has attacked his city and eventually will kill him when they battle
one another. There is also a point in the story where Bond faces a challenge, like that of
Beowulf, where he is put to the test and comes close to his death.
Bond was attempting to assassinate Sanchez by means of using a sniper rifle and
shooting at him from a near by building. While in position and ready to fire, Bond
becomes ambushed by two Chinese ninjas, hired by Krest to capture him and find out
more about him. The two ninjas were a great challenge for Bond as the dragon was for
Beowulf. Also comparable to Beowulf Bond decides to fight the ninjas in hand to hand
combat even though he is armed, just like when Beowulf fought Grendel in the mead hall.
Bond was able to hold them off for a while but eventually the two ninjas were to much for
him. As this
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