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12 life lessons every gentleman can learn from James Bond

Words by Edgar Daily

James Bond can teach us many a life lesson. And this is why we should all strive to be a bit more like 007.

Here at EDGAR, we're all about being stylish, confident, and trained secret agents... OK, maybe not the last part, but you get the idea. Ask anyone to name a fictional character who is all of those things however, and you can be sure that they will say Bond. James Bond.

Ian Fleming's creation is a cult figure in cinema, with some of the world's most iconic actors, including Daniel Craig, Sean Connery and Roger Moore, all adding their own personal touches to their portrayals of the character.

He's not perfect - in fact he has many flaws - but that's just part of his charm, and his ethos of strength, style and confidence is very much something that every gentleman should aspire to. Here are 12 lessons you can learn from 007:

Show compassion

We've lost count of the number of times Bond has been double-crossed (usually by a stunning Bond girl), but then decided against taking his revenge when he had the chance. Taking the high road and being the bigger man gives you a much greater feeling of satisfaction than taking the metaphorical eye for an eye.

Don't be afraid to ask for help

Although Bond is very much a lone agent, he's never too proud to ask for help if he thinks he can use someone else's skills or knowledge to achieve his goal. And if it's good enough for him, it should be good enough for us - that means you, man who refuses to stop and ask for directions even though he's hopelessly lost.

Keep fit

There's no way Bond could chase down villains if he was a carrying a little pot belly and a pair of man boobs around with him, and although your day job may not involve running down criminals, being fitter and healthier is something we could all benefit from.

You don't always need to follow the rules

Just how Bond doesn't check every little detail of his actions with HQ, sometimes a gentleman has to make an executive decision to break the rules for the greater good.

Always remain calm

Even if 007 finds himself in a sticky situation - strapped to a table with a laser beam pointed between his legs (Goldfinger, 1964), for example - he remains calm and thinks of a rational plan to make his escape. While we hope you don't have any close encounters with a laser any time soon, the same sentiment can certainly be applied to the everyday life of a gentleman.

Dress to impress

The quintessential gentleman, Bond is very image conscious and always looks razor sharp. This is very much a mantra we like to live by - just be careful you don't spend too much time in front of the mirror.

Take risks

We don't expect you to do anything quite as reckless as what Bond does in this scene from Casino Royal (2006) below, where he pushes in over $40 million on a single hand of poker, but taking calculated risks is certainly something a gentleman should be doing.

Be confident

Have you ever seen an unsure Bond dithering over making an important decision? No, of course you haven't, because Bond always has the courage of his convictions, and so should you if you want to be respected.

Master technology

From a jet pack, to an exploding watch, to a mobile phone that doubles up as both a taser and a remote control for his BMW 7540iL, 007 always seems to have the latest gadget. However, he never lets technology get in his way, and although he's not afraid to use it, you'll never see him pass up good old-fashioned conversation in favour of updating his Facebook status or checking Twitter.

Be romantic

Although his love interests invariably get him into bother from time to time, nobody could accuse Bond of not being romantic. And that's a trait we very much endorse - after all, what's life without love?

Take time out

Being the world's premiere secret agent, of course Bond doesn't rest until the mission has been accomplished, but once it's all over you can bet your bottom dollar that he's going to be disappearing off the map for a while for some well-earned relaxation time.

Always have a backup plan

When it all goes wrong - as it often does if you're an international man of mystery constantly putting himself on the line - it's important to always have a plan B. And it's just the same in normal life, as you can't always rely on things going how you'd originally expected.

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