A Study on Sherlock Holmes and James Bond
The Character of James Bond was first created by Ian Fleming in England in 1953. He appeared in twelve novels and two short story collections. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes were first written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in England 1892. Sherlock is just as daring as Bond but they are quite different. Holmes’ strongest characteristics are intelligence, insanity, and friendliessness. While reading the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes one often gets to experience Holmes’ Bohemian soul. He is often deducing, doing drugs or both simultaneously. His character is very real and his loneliness makes him seem relatable. How does Ian Fleming’s, James Bond: Goldfinger compare and contrast to Arthur Conan Doyle’s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in terms of conflict, characterization and perspective?
Goldfinger begins with Bond sitting on an airplane and waiting to return to London. The flight was delayed so Bond was stuck in the airport. Bond just so happens to bump into Mr. DuPont, a man that Bond is acquainted with. Mr. DuPont asked for assistance from Bond in a mystery he was trying to solve. Mr. DuPont had been playing cards with a man named Goldfinger and Goldfinger would keep winning. Later Bond would find out that the man was a cheat. Bond demanded Goldfinger buy him plane tickets back to London and the Goldfinger give all the won money back to Mr. DuPont. Bond went back to London headquarters and he instantly did research on Auric Goldfinger. Ironically Bond had been given a new assignment on the man. The Bank of England had found out that Goldfinger had been illegally smuggling large amounts of gold across major borders. Bond then further acquainted himself with Goldfinger by joining him in a game of golf. Goldfinger then invited Bond to dinner at his house. On the night of the dinner Goldfinger told Bond that he would have to step out for awhile. Bond took this opportunity to snoop around the house. Bond discovered a miniature factory with Koreans working in it.
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He snooped around some more and in one of the bedrooms in the closet he found a spinning reel of film. Goldfinger had been taping Bond the whole time. Bond ruined the film and made it look like the cat did it. Goldfinger returned shortly after that and they had dinner. Bond was then introduced to Odd Job, Goldfinger’s deadly Korean bodyguard. Later James went spying on Goldfinger while he was on one of his big gold runs. When Odd Job found James Bond and Tilly Masterson at gunpoint on Goldfinger’s property, he doesn’t take it lightly. Rather than Goldfinger taking their lives he forces them to assist him in his next criminal adventure. Goldfinger had plans to break into Fort Knox’s gold vault. James and Tilly were imprisoned and had to do clerical work for Goldfinger. A bunch of gang leaders were to meet up with Goldfinger to have a briefing about how they would work with Goldfinger in this big heist. These gang leaders included Springer of the Purple Gang, Midnight of the Shadow Syndicate, Billy Ring of the Machine, Strap of the Spangled Mob, Solo of the Unione Sicilione and Pussy Galore of the Cement mixers. They were to infiltrate Fort Knox, Kentucky while the whole town was asleep on an opiate dosage.
During the heist Bond was luckily rescued by American forces. Goldfinger and the other crooks managed to escape. Bond was on his way back to London and while at the airport he was called to the front desk. The worker said that if Bond didn’t have all of his vaccinations he would have to stay and get his missing vaccine. They took Bond downstairs and injected his arm with a syringe. But the dosage was not a vaccine. James soon woke up strapped into an airplane seat. Goldfinger had caught him again. He had managed to heist the plane and get a hold of some workers uniforms. Pussy Galore was the stewardess. She got Bond a drink and on the napkin underneath the glass was a not saying she was on his side. Bond punctured a whole in Odd Jobs window and he was sucked out of the plane. Bond then killed Goldfinger and that was that.
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a series of twelve short mystery stories. The Man with the Twisted Lip is a story about a woman who is trying to find her husband. he left for work one day and while the wife was out in the town she saw his frightened figure and it appeared that someone yanked him away from the window. A lascar scoundrel then ran down the stairs and frightened her. He was then thrown in jail because the man’s wife believed that he had something to do with her husband’s disappearance. After much thinking and sleuthing, Holmes went to the jail to see the scoundrel. The man had a face so dirty it was brown and he had a twisted lip. Holmes asked the prison guard for a pale and sponge and wiped the scoundrel’s face. Underneath was the face of the missing husband. The husband reveals that he goes out disguised and panhandles to make a living because it pays well. That’s why he was shocked when he saw his wife. He doesn’t want his wife to know how he makes a living. He was then released from jail because one can’t attain charges for kidnapping oneself. The Adventure of The Blue Carbuncle is about a man who is falsely accused of stealing a blue gem. The evidence against the man is that someone said they showed him a room that had the stone in it so he could solder something. The man was said the have disappeared and the bureau that the stone was in was busted open. Holmes went sleuthing about town to get further information. Sherlock soon came to find out that it was James Ryder who took the stone. He was caught around town looking for the goose he hid the stone in.
James Bond and Sherlock Holmes compare and contrast in many ways. Bond’s strongest characteristics are charm, whit, and strength. Bond rarely shows fear when caught in a bad place. He is very easily distracted by pretty girls and his quick thinking often gets him out of deep trouble.
“And there was Bond, launched against this man by a series of flukes, a train of coincidence that had been started by a plane breaking down” Goldfinger (p. 90) The majority of the conflict in Goldfinger seems to be based on fate. James Bond falls into the grip of Goldfinger continuously in this book. When James Bond was returning to London after stopping Golfinger from penetrating Fort Knox, Goldfinger and his accomplices kidknapped 007 and placed him on a plane that the villians hijacked. Their plan was to kill him again. Why didn’t just kill him on the spot? This is just one of the many examples throughout Flemming’s book that keeps the reader reading. One would think that a James Bond would have tons of fight scenes filled with action but the majority of the conflict is found in the suspense of the narration and the dialogue. The book only starts to get violent towards the end. The conflicts within the book include Man vs. Man and Man vs. Evil. While conflict in James Bond gets thicker as the story progresses conflict in the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are ever-present within the stories. There are always little instances where Holmes has to explain what’s going wrong and has to find the solution to the problem.
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The conflict in the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is also Man vs. Man and Man vs. Evil but they are in a different context. When Bond is dealing with Man vs. Man conflict it is mainly against one man, Goldfinger in a continuous dispute while Sherlock Holmes has to deal with different people everyday and he has to bring wrongdoers to justice. With Man vs. Evil Bond has to face a very evil force which happens to be Goldfinger. Auric Goldfinger is described as evil. This is done by Fleming through creating a character that is not only physically ugly but also internally ugly. The narrator describes a man that is not only greedy, but also violent. He will kill anyone that will get in the way of him attaining more gold. “Now it was not a rabbit in the hole, not even a fox, it was a king cobra” Goldfinger (p. 256) Having spent time with Goldfinger Bond realized how great a criminal Goldfinger was. Thus his criminal ways can be recognized as an evil force. When the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes deals with Man vs. Evil the evil force he is against ranges from petty crimes to wrong-doers and unsolved murders. Sherlock’s goal is not to be a hero or a vigilante but he solves mysteries because it’s fun and it brings drama to his life. Since the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a series of short stories it is difficult to compare and contrast the main conflicts because the stories of Holmes have many different conflicts while Goldfinger only has one.
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“My life is spent in one effort to escape from the commonplaces of existence.” ASH (p. 550) “It was anathema to his Victorian soul.” Goldfinger (p. 68) James Bond and Sherlock Holmes compare and contrast in many ways. Both James and Sherlock are smart, determined and have their own vices. Sherlock Holmes’s character was an insane, manic-depressive, junkie with no friends that people paraded to for help. These stories portray him as a loopy detective who does not believe in being emotional but being logical. James Bond is a lonely, lustful indifferent secret agent who continues his line of work because chance and danger soothe him. “But in Bond’s case Goldfinger could not have known that high tension was Bond’s natural way of life and that pressure and danger relaxed him.” Goldfinger (p. 132) James Bond and Sherlock Holmes are almost completely different men. Yes, they are both smart and know how to problem solve but their personalities almost opposite. James is laidback while Sherlock is high strung. James is charming while Sherlock can sometimes be rude and obnoxious. James is emotional and Sherlock is not. “He rather liked the peaceful room and knowing everybody’s secrets and being occasionally fed by one of the pretty girls” Goldfinger (p.
58) James rather relax and hang out with women rather than work out in the world all the time. Being and assassin stressed him out. “You’re stale, tired of having to be tough” Goldfinger (p. 17) But Sherlock was totally different. He loved his job and could go days without sleep trying to solve a mystery. “Sherlock was a man who when he had an unsolved problem would go days even a week without resting” ASH (p. 144) “He never spoke of the softer passions save with a gibe and a sneer” ASH (p.3) Sherlock Holmes scoffed at emotion because he thought that logic was more important. But it seems like Holmes had some emotional problems and he seemed lonely. “Today is for Goldfinger not for love” Goldfinger (p.172) Bond often had narrative segments were all his thoughts and emotions were about his feelings. They were about how he felt about his job and how he felt about himself.
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“So accustumed was I to his success that the very thought of his failing ceased to enter my head” ASH (p. 14) “What the hell was he doing glooming about this Mexican?” Goldfinger (p. 16) The narrator of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is Watson. The narrator of Goldfinger is omniscient. When Watson narrarates he has opinions that he shares about the scene, characters and Sherlock. Watson provides clues the the very essence of Sherlock Holmes’ character. For Example: He shares with the reader how much of a drug addict Holmes is. “I suppose Watson that you imagine that i have added opium-smoking to cocaine injections” ASH (p. 131) Through his narration, we also are able to visualize the setting of story. He provides the reader with detail and visual that they should be able to relate to.”To me at least her was a strange contrast between the sweet promise of spring and this sinister quest upon which we were engaged.” ASH (p. 190) When the narrator of Goldfinger speaks he does not state opinions but facts and exactly what is going through James’ mind and the setting.”He was not keyed about the job on hand, only interested and amused.” Goldfinger (p. 35) The narrator of Goldfinger will also often rant about James’ feelings or how he is going to make the next move. The book is rarely filled with dialogue. On the othe hand Arthur Conan Doyle gives his character a chance to speak and show some humanity.”Not a bit doctor. Stay where you are. I am lost without my Boswell.” ASH (p. 8) Yet, however, when anything is shown throughout the book it is shown through the keen eyes of Watson.