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Aaron Edwards
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James Bond may be a shining example of British fortitude and suaveness, but he's far from a perfect action hero. He's pledged to protect crown and country from those seeking to do them harm, but James Bond breaking the law is like James Bond having sex with vulnerable women — it happens all the time. Usually stirred (not shaken) to action when he suffers a personal attack or when a lover is killed, Bond stops at nothing to achieve his objective. The problem is, that objective may be at odds with what MI6 wants or, worse yet, it may be complete treason. Really, it seems like 007 lacks a moral compass. Despite his seemingly rock-solid nature, Bond is rife with character inconsistency, and has instigated some of the worst acts of treason committed by movie spies.   

The treason in question includes the multiple times he disobeys direct orders from his superiors, up to when he puts Britain and its citizens in danger. Even the best James Bond films feature the character doing some questionable things, so if you've ever been curious as to what shady dealings Bond has been up to, prepare to be enlightened. 

Bond Shot Up An Actual Embassy


Bond Shot Up An Actual Embassy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list All Of The Literal Acts Of Treason Committed By James Bond
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Movie: Casino Royale

Bond: Daniel Craig

The Treason In Question: Bond is a newly minted 00 agent at the start of Daniel Craig's first film, and he still has a lot to learn. He spends a good chunk of the first act chasing a bomb maker through Madagascar, until he tracks him down to an embassy. Instead of breaking off the chase, Bond risks an international incident that could mean dire consequences for Great Britain. He literally shoots up an embassy - and several guards - before rupturing some propane tanks to ignite a massive explosion. Attacks on embassies are usually considered an act of war, which Bond is by no means authorized to carry out. M was furious, of course, but she should have thrown him in jail.

James Bond Went Rogue To Kill A Drug Dealer


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Movie: Licence To Kill

Bond: Timothy Dalton

The Treason In Question: Timothy Dalton's Bond was tough and gritty before it was cool, which meant he got some darker stories colored with '80s culture. In Licence To Kill, Bond's longtime friend Felix Leighter is mauled by a shark after his wife is killed thanks to a Colombian drug kingpin. Having lost a wife himself, Bond is understandably furious and resolves to bring the drug dealer down.

When his quest for revenge gets in the way of his official duties, M tries to bring him in but Bond refuses. As Bond tries to escape MI6's clutches, they literally shoot at him in an attempt to stop him from going rogue. Desertion, of course, is intensely frowned upon, especially in intelligence circles.  

He Defied Orders And Attempted To Kill Le Chiffre


He Defied Orders And Attempted... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list All Of The Literal Acts Of Treason Committed By James Bond
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Movie: Casino Royale

Bond: Daniel Craig

The Treason In Question: James Bond's mission in Casino Royale is to bring in a terrorist banker, Le Chiffre, after a high-stakes poker game. Bond enters the game, but loses due to his arrogance. When Vesper Lynd, his finance officer, refuses to sponsor him buying back into the game, he grabs a knife and makes a move to stab Le Chiffre in front of everyone at the hotel. It's a direct violation of his orders, would have deprived his superiors of useful information, and would have left MI6 with a huge mess to clean up. While he didn't succeed, he still should have faced some serious punishment. Way to be short sighted, Bond.

That Time James Bond Killed The Head Of The KGB Without Orders


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Movie: The Living Daylights

Bond: Timothy Dalton

The Treason In Question: Someone is killing MI6 agents, and Bond suspects KGB chief Pushkin is behind it all. So, Bond catches up with him and performs an interrogation, only to discover Pushkin has no clue what's going on. The two hatch a plan: Bond stages an assassination of Pushkin to draw out the conspirators. The problem is that in order for the plan to work, no one could know Pushkin was still alive. To any outside observers (say, military generals with access to nuclear launch codes) Bond committed an international act of war. It's hard to say whether it was more stupid or treasonous. A lof of both? Probably a lot of both.