What is the personality type of perhaps the world’s most famous secret agent, 007 – James Bond? I will be using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and the Big five Personality Traits to analyze the popular fictional character.
James Bond is a fictional character created by writer Ian Fleming in 1953. James Bond, code name 007, is a secret agent working for the government organisation MI6. So far, there have been 25 movies made, some based off the novels, and others not so much. Actors that have played James Bond include: Barry Nelson, David Niven, Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.
James Bond Personality Type – Big Five
James Bond is on the higher end of trait openness. He uses creative and out of the box thinking to escape situations and tackle problems. He also seems to be interested in aesthetics. Looks are important; however, he doesn’t seem to have a narcissistic personality. He is also interested in big picture issues and problems, like saving the world. High openness is connected to being interested in important big picture issues.
James bond seems moderate to low in conscientiousness. He has a passion for his work, but he also enjoys his recreational time, whether that is drinking, or seducing women. He isn’t particularly conservative or traditional, which suggests he is at the lower end of the scale.
I would place him around medium to low on the extroversion scale. He doesn’t seem to mind being by himself for large amounts of the time. Being an international spy, and not making or building deeper relationships with people would prove to be too lonely an existence for those high in extroversion. Plus, he also seems to value deeper connections with fewer people, which is a sign of introversion.
James Bond is definitely low on agreeableness. He is certainly not afraid of confrontation. There are also plenty of examples of him being competitive and desiring to win. Generally, he also works alone, suggesting again a more competitive rather than cooperative nature.
He is definitely low on the neuroticism scale. He is able to handle pressure well and deal with a great amount of stress. It’s also very important for him to be emotionally stable, and have low levels of anxiety. Being a spy, when your life is in danger every five minutes, is not suited to someone high in neuroticism.
James Bond Personality Type – MBTI
James Bond is an ISTP on the MBTI. He nudges toward being introverted, he doesn’t mind being alone. He is also a sensing perceiver. Sensing perceivers are rebels and mavericks; they seek adventure, and follow their own rules and standards. He is also a thinker type. He is logical, direct, composed, and can sometimes seem cold and uncaring.