The name is study. Bible study.

I have long wanted to go through all 22 (or 24?) James Bond films and compile a list of the various religious references therein (the hollowed-out Bible in Diamonds Are Forever, the priest who crosses himself as the helicopter takes off in For Your Eyes Only, the rescued ancient church in The World Is Not Enough, etc., etc.). But for now, that’s just another item on my to-do list.

In the meantime, it seems that someone named Benjamin Pratt has written a book on the spiritual and religious themes of the James Bond novels, called Ian Fleming’s Seven Deadlier Sins and 007’s Moral Compass: A Bible Study with James Bond. And at least one church has already begun to base a class on this book.

I have no idea what the merits of this particular book might be, but I don’t doubt that there could be a lot of what blogger Carmen Andres refers to as “God-talk” in Fleming’s novels. The first one, Casino Royale, devoted an entire chapter to ‘The Nature of Evil‘ and Bond’s idea that we needed an “Evil Book” to complement the “Good Book”, i.e. the Bible. And I would be surprised if that was the only novel to have pondered some of the bigger questions.

Hat tip to Anthony Sacramone.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).

  • Carmen Andres

    i was surprised–and, i must admit, very delighted–to find that kind of God-talk in the ‘Casino Royale’ novel. i think the Bond in the recent two Bond films is much closer to the Bond in that novel (as well as the world in which he operates), a more complex and human Bond–and one i’m drawn to much more than the 007 of previous films. with characters like that, there’s not only the opportunity for better stories but more potential for God-talk, too.