You know those secret agents and assassins we all know and love, from the movies and the comics? Well, we at Fiction Horizon have decided to focus today’s articles on two such characters, although the two of them come from a completely different habitat. The first among them is John Wick, the assassin and protagonist of the movie franchise that carries his name, while the other is James Bond, MI6’s famous Agent 007. If you wanted to know who would win in a fight between John Wick and James Bond, keep reading our article.
James Bond could be able to defeat John Wick in a fight, but only by a very small margin. Namely, James Bond has experience and a sophisticated infrastructure on his side, whereas John Wick is a man with guns. While that would usually be enough to do the trick, it wouldn’t be enough against James Bond.
Our comparison is going to be divided into three sections. The first is going to bring an overview of the two characters, after which we are going to compare their powers, including their signature weapons. Finally, we’re going to bring you a detailed analysis of the two characters to determine which one would win in a direct clash.
John Wick and his powers
With his actual birth name being Jardani Jovonovich, John Wick was born in the former Soviet Union to parents of mixed origins, although not much is known about him. His parents having died when he was very young, he was taken in by an old friend of his father who also became his mentor. Growing up in New York, he learned many martial arts, weapons and foreign languages.
Initially a member of the Russian Roma, he left the group and, for unknown reasons, took the name John Wick. He has acquired many skills over the years including, but not limited to martial arts, firearms, blades, tactical driving, infiltration and dodging, and he was eventually recognized as a preeminent expert in each of the fields.
With this knowledge, he can apply the skills he has learned in combat and use virtually any weapon. Never limiting himself to weapons, however, he uses his coping skills to deal with any situation and uses anything he can find to help him. This is closely connected to the famous story about him, how he once killed three men in a bar with a regular pencil and in part three killed a taller, obviously stronger man using just books.
As Viggo Tarasov once said, John is known to be an uncompromising and willful person, determined to get the job done at all costs. He is described as a very self-confident person who knows his abilities and uses them to the full in all situations. He has no fear and simply tackles all the challenges that await him without any doubt or fear. He is well respected by all and is known to be an assassin that no one wants to face; some have learned it the hard way.
He also loves dogs very much, as we had the pleasure of seeing in the movies.
James Bond and his powers
James Bond, also known by his number 007, is a fictional character created in 1953 by the writer and former British spy Ian Fleming in the novel Casino Royale. James Bond is a British Secret Service spy with the number 007 (“double-zero seven”): the first zero signifying that he has the authorization to kill, the second that he has “already” done so and the 7 that he is the seventh officer to receive this authorization.
Bond holds the rank of a commander in the British navy; he is part of the troops of the Royal Naval Reserve. He is decorated with the order of Saint-Michel and Saint George. On screen, he is known to introduce himself with the phrase “My name is Bond, James Bond” whenever he gets the chance, a cult replica, and to order his vodka-martini “shaken, not stirred”.
He is usually dressed in a tuxedo (the dress that characterizes him par excellence), and often wears a wristwatch. Bond has mastered a lot of different sports, which has proven useful in his adventures, including skiing, boxing, judo and fencing; he also takes advantage of his night shift hours to write a manual called Stay Alive! which aims to compile the secret methods of unarmed combat. He also plays golf (handicap 9). In addition to English, he is fluent in several languages, including German, Russian, French and Japanese.
Despite these abilities, James Bond is not portrayed in the novels as a very cultured man.
Some cars assigned by MI6 to 007 for its missions, and prepared by the “Q” research and development section of MI6, with the car of choice, the Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale, Skyfall and Spectre. Fleming’s novels and early screen adaptations leave little room for gear like From Russia with Love with the Explosive Case.
In the Dr. No movie, released in 1962, Bond’s equipment consists of a Geiger counter and a wristwatch with a light (and radioactive) side. However, at the start of the film, Major Boothroyd, who is in charge of technical equipment and mainly the armory, comes upon M’s urgent request to force Bond to give up his fetish Beretta for the Walther PPK. The role of Boothroyd is repeated in From Russia with Love by the actor Desmond Llewelyn who will be seen again in the same role of technical advisor in later episodes, but renamed “Q”.
Gadgets, however, begin to take a more spectacular place in the 1964 film Goldfinger. The success of the film encourages more emphasis on the secret agent’s equipment with the “Q” section that equips 007. Bond’s gadgets can turn out to be surreal, as in the science fiction leaning film Moonraker (1979) or in Die Another Day (2002) where Bond’s car can become invisible.
In the movies, the most famous gadget with which Bond has been associated is certainly his wristwatch which incorporates several very sophisticated options. Several models have existed, but the most famous is the Rolex Submariner, which appears during films with Sean Connery. Roger Moore’s James Bond prefers Seiko Quartz watches while Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig’s wears an Omega.
John Wick vs James Bond: Who would win?
And now for the most important and interesting section of our article – the analysis. Here, we are going to use what we have found out about these two characters and analyze how all these facts would (or would not) help them in a fight against each other. Let us continue.
This comparison was a rather fun one. Namely, both John Wick and James Bond are very interesting characters and they’re just fun to analyze. Sure, James Bond has a tradition and is much more experienced than John Wick, but in the small time he has been around, John Wick has managed to become quite a formidable foe.
In terms of basic skills, James Bond takes the points. Namely, he is – as the government’s best agent – far better trained than Wick. Wick had excellent training, but it wasn’t near the level of Bond’s; in addition to that, Bond is much more experienced than Wick and has fought his way out of various dangerous situations.
In terms of weapons, Wick might be a more versatile shot, but Bond has much more weapons at his disposal thanks to his connections with the government. Also, James Bond has a variety of different gadgets at his disposal and that is why he takes the points in this category as well.
The category where John Wick takes the points is endurance, as he has endured situations that have proven themselves to be far more brutal than those endured by Bond. John Wick is just so amazingly resilient that it is practically unbelievable. On the other hand, Bond has both looks and luck on his side and that has usually accounted for something.
Ultimately, our verdict is that James Bond would take this one. We’re aware that not all of you will agree, but Bond simply has a lot more to offer due to being a government agent. Whatever John Wick would throw at him, Bond would have something to counter and Q’s laboratory is so well-equipped that Wick simply couldn’t do anything against all those gadgets.
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