Be Like James Bond: Fight Bureaucracy

Spectre isn't just a film villain. It's a metaphor for our lives.

Can cut red tape without breaking a sweat.

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Two-thirds of the way through “Spectre,” the 24th film in the official James Bond canon, Bond and his partner du jour, Dr. Madeleine Swann, are dining on a train in Morocco. Suddenly they are attacked by Mr. Hinx, a relentless Spectre assassin who has been pursuing them. What’s curious about the scene is that they are attacked by only Mr. Hinx. For an instant, the film steps out of character -- and out of what has become an exhaustingly common Hollywood trope.

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