EXCERPT

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The sense of an anachronism does not extend only to General Ourumov but to James Bond himself. They both belong to the old world order where armies or spies fought each other for ideologies and patriotism. “Are you still working for MI6, or have you decided to join the 21st century?” scoffs ex KGB agent Valentin Zukovsky when his former enemy, Bond, pays him a visit in order to set up a meeting with Janus. Much like Ourumov, Zukovsky was another knight of Mother Russia who has now joined the dark side as an arms dealer and the direct competitor to Janus in that illegal business. Characters like Zukovsky and Trevelyan contrast with Bond’s patriotism and devotion for Queen and Country: an old-fashioned feeling, an antiquated idea shared by a military man like Ourumov, but his ambition for power (“He sees himself as the new Iron Man of Russia”, M comments) has made him shake his hands with the Devil, or in this case, the Janus Syndicate.