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Every Link Between The xXx & James Bond Franchises | Screen Rant

Aside from Mission: Impossible, both the xXx and James Bond franchises have probably been among the biggest and most influential spy thrillers of the last 20 years, and the series have a lot in common. Boasting billions of dollars in box office revenue; a clutch of star performers like Vin Diesel, Daniel Craig, and Ice Cube; and enough outrageous gadgetry to make Elon Musk look like a Luddite between them, the two series have set the benchmark for globetrotting espionage adventures.

Many of the links between the venerable James Bond movies and the more modern xXx trilogy are obvious. After all, any film about a dashing and extremely violent super agent in the 21st century will inevitably evoke comparisons to Ian Fleming's original creation. However, below the surface, there are some connections between the two properties that run much deeper than guns, cars, and physics-defying set-pieces.

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One surprising connection is that the two franchises not only share a kindred onscreen aesthetic but also involve the same personnel both behind and in front of the camera. For example, xXx 2: State of the Union director Lee Tamahori was also responsible for Pierce Brosnan's final turn as James Bond in 2002's misfire, Die Another Day. Similarly, actor Willem Dafoe played the villain in both the aforementioned xXx sequel and the 2003 James Bond video game Everything Or Nothing, highlighting the two properties' shared taste in bad guys.

Although the xXx movies are typically more bombastic than Bond, it's obvious that the makers of all three films in the trilogy have an affection for the original superspy. For instance, each xXx movie either opens or closes with an elaborate credits sequence – just like the James Bond movies. Furthermore, the entire original xXx opening sequence is either an homage or parody of the whole Bond series, depending on the point of view, as it features the untimely death of a debonair and extremely Bond-like secret agent.

There are other, more subtle nods that link the two series together. Both franchises share a technocratic gadget man who equips the protagonist with an array of seemingly random yet suspiciously prescient devices. Similarly, the xXx films often include scenes that mirror classic moments from the Bond canon, such as the car-train chase sequence from xXx 2: State of the Union – which features the same central conceit as a scene from 1983's Octopussy. Perhaps most compellingly of all, the entire xXx franchise shares its name with a former Bond character – Agent XXX from the Roger Moore-era hit The Spy Who Loved Me.

While both James Bond and xXx retain their own individual character, it's clear the two series are connected by more than their genre. Whatever the future might hold for both franchises, it seems that audiences will enjoy plenty more homages, tributes, and sly winks further down the line.

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