Everybody’s favorite spy is back in theaters this month with the release of “Spectre.” To mark the occasion, we decided to take a look at his 50-plus year history to see what lessons we could learn about life and money from the greatest secret agent in film history.
Develop your revenue streams.
The Bond movies regularly earn more than $100 million in product placement; from the Aston Martin he drives to the Omega watches he wears, ensuring the profitability of his missions long before you or I pony up $7.50 for a ticket.
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In “Goldfinger,” or any of the Connery-era Bond films, the climax tended to revolve around an impending countdown to doomsday, stopped at the last moment by Bond. Through it all, James Bond stays cool.
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Keep your house in good order.
The film plot of “Skyfall,” the climax of the film involves a return to Bond’s childhood home, which he manages to turn into a fortress with an afternoon’s work.
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Don’t be fooled by the luxuries James Bond enjoys.
It might not seem like a path to financial freedom, but what if you bought all of the luxuries that James Bond buys? In the films, we’ve seen him drive incredibly expensive cars in wonderfully exotic locations while wearing fabulously expensive clothes. We’ve also never seen him buy any of them. He’s received them from MI6, which is why it’s so easy for him to blow them all up.
Are you trying to live the James Bond lifestyle? James Bond doesn’t even live the James Bond lifestyle. He lets the taxpayers foot the bill while he gets by on a public servant’s wage. You’ll be much happier living within your means and finding the luxuries when you can.