MBTI: James Bond- ISTP
People generally view the various actors that have played Bond differently. Obviously. It’s why the question can be asked “Who’s your favorite Bond?” and you can always get a different answer.
It’s usually between Connery and Moore it seems and people’s typings range from ESTP to ENTJ- it’s everywhere. But what about the character as a whole?
For that, you look no further than your silent action hero, the ISTP.
Some incarnations of the character as an ISTP are more obvious than others. Daniel Craig’s portrayal of Bond, as well as Timothy Dalton’s invoke ideas of a much more cynical Bond; one that isn’t above the idea of revenge and one could get the idea that while order and the Queen’s Rule are the goal, if he simply agreed with those principles and nothing more, he wouldn’t be doing this job.
Or at least be sitting behind a desk to ensure those ideas are kept rather than being in the guy in the field, constantly running for your life or to take someone else’s.
While ESTPs are highly skilled at convincing people to do things their way, the only people ISTPs want to convince are the women they want to take to bed.
Do we even need to touch on Bond’s sexual exploits, one of his defining characteristics?
ISTPs are also known to be relatively at ease in social situations, something Bond is well familiar within his various “Infiltrate the party, spy on lead villain, talk to good-looking woman of importance who happens to be connected to lead villain.” Perfect job for the ISTP.
More than once in the books do the ladies of Bond describe him as good looking “but there is something cold and ruthless.” Cruel and cold are two words heavily associated with him, something much stronger associated with Introversion than the Extravert’s more friendly disposition or, at worst, car salesman-like greasiness. The Bond Wiki page describes Craig’s Bond with this-
“Bond is solitary. He does not console himself by surrounding himself with others. His athletic pursuits tend to be solitary: running, skiing, hiking, swimming, diving, and most remarkably, climbing.”
Bond’s Introverted Thinking comes in handy when coming up with a solution to a tight spot, as evidenced in just about every incarnation of his portrayals, movie or film. Skiing down a mountain chased by men with guns and a helicopter is something only so much training can prepare for and improvisation is something ISTPs specialize in.
Lastly, Bond’s Extroverted Feeling last is made clear by his refusal to stay in a steady relationship. Sex is for fun, then it’s on to the next rush. No close relationship is thought to be necessary and this can often lead to a more miserable, agitated person in their later years, something Dalton’s Bond was known for.
Bond’s low energy with spurts of quickness and his only-say-what’s-needed-attitude is something of an ISTP trademark.