Even though (as Skyfall, the latest Bond film tells us) James Bond is over fifty years old in film terms (and even older as a written character), he is much older than that. Bond is simply the latest incarnation of the medieval knight of courtly love. His job is to favour the poor and oppressed, rescue damsels in distress, and restore justice. At least, that is the kind of things he does – truth is, he varies a bit from film to film and from novel to novel. I haven’t noticed him saving old ladies - although he does comfort Judi Dench, she is after all his boss and social equal, and Bond’s care and concern does not extend to the poor. In this respect he is the exact mirror of the medieval knight.
Perhaps the best way to summarise Bond is to attempt to compile the laws of Bond, just as Andreas Capellanus (Andre the chaplain) did back in 1184 when he formulated the 31 rules of love (in his Tractatus de Amore). Here, then, are the ten laws of Bond: