What makes James Bond such an enduring character? How can Ian Fleming’s 1953 creation still be so prominent in the public eye?

A lot of characters have made it unscathed through the decades. Look at Waldo; the only difference is we know where Bond is on the big screen. He’s been there for 50 years starting with the Sean Connery era – all suave and dapper. George Lazenbe just copied what Connery did. Roger Moore made Bond more stealthlike. Timothy Dalton brought back the suaveness. Pierce Brosnan was more of an action hero. And Daniel Craig is the current, no-nonsense Bond.

They say America created Superman and England created Bond. Superman catches Lois Lane; Bond saves the beautiful Bond girl of the moment. They are both icons that are recognizable the world over, but Bond just does his work with so much more style.

Through the many different faces and times, Bond always manages to put on his suit and get the job done. That’s why he’s been around for 50 years. Here’s to 50 more.

Max Fisher is a senior at Leonardo DaVinci High School.