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    “Am I sacked?”

    M doesn’t bother answering James’ attempt at humor but instead continues in his point. “Since your return from the Skyfall operation, which was over a year ago I might add, you have not taken one day of leave, no holiday of which I'm aware. You haven’t rested the requisite 48 hour period between mission and report.”

    James takes a deep breath and lets it out slowly.

    “You are not a young man,” M says plainly. “Everyone, even James Bond, needs time to let wounds heal, both physical and mental. Pushing yourself is going to get you or someone else killed eventually.”

    “So not another mission then?” James asks and moves to stand.

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    Or, James Bond is forced to take a few days off, runs into Q at a kebab shop, starts playing World of Warcraft, and takes a trip to Witney to meet Q's family (for reasons of national security, of course).

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    14 Sep 2021

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    “If I promise to make no unwelcomed housecalls, would that ease your mind at all?”

    Q was too tired to catch the slant of implication in that phrasing, but he knew there was something for him to still be objecting to. “What are you doing back here, anyway? Didn’t you quit? We had another 007, she lasted a month.”

    “I did resign, but I did tell you before I left that I’d be back.”

    “You…yeah, but you didn’t come back!”

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    29 Aug 2021

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    Let the cynics and optimists debate love, he remembered Q saying once, apropos of—not Madeleine, it couldn’t have been Madeleine, that had come too late—some woman Bond had used as a lever against a fulcrum. Let them debate it: the pragmatists would use it, and just as often get fucked over by it.

    (Post-Spectre. Bond returns to London, but it's been seven years, and nothing he's left behind has stayed still in his absence.)

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    25 Aug 2021

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    LOVE the writing style in this one

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    Everyone lives two lives. The second one begins when it is realized that the first is temporary.

    This is a story about salvation. Or rather, a story about two men and their two lives. Bond: old, weary, nothing left to lose. Missing. Q: Young, powerful, nothing left to lose. Ever-present, ever wondering.

    This is a story about abandonment. Or rather, a story about fidelity. What one has to be loyal to when the world is crumbling. Q: Queen and Country, Earl Grey tea, Eve and Mallory and his brothers. James Bond. Bond: unknown. Nothing.

    This is a story about legacy. The brave new world. The Fighting Temeraire. Or: how to pick up the pieces after Bond leaves, with Q's car and Q's stupid, shameful heart.

    Someone has to be 007, right?

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    18 Aug 2021

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    Q thinks he can't imagine anything worse than three days at a conference with James Bond as his bodyguard. Bond thinks that's showing a lack of imagination. He may be right.

    Or, the one where Q has a long-standing arrangement, Bond condescends to croissants and tablecloths, unresolved issues abound, and then actual serious stuff happens. Post-Spectre.

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    15 Aug 2021

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