Bond would be interrupted from a romantic interlude because of a message that it was important to see M. At the meeting point Bond would be given the mission by M and then as he would go out on the field, he would inevitably come across Q. Here Bond would be equipped with the pertinent tools for the job.
The set up would be quite clear and we would know it. Whatever Q highlighted for Bond would be used at some point in the mission. Most times by Bond himself, and it was always funny seeing someone else look to use the resource and suffer for it. Either way, whatever Q resourced him with would be utilised. Bond had his wits and physical capability when required, but he would make the most of the resources knowing that this is why they were supplied to him. Apt for the given situation.
Real life is not about that for everyone. Not everyone is a spy called upon to go on an extremely perilous mission with a license to kill. Indeed one of the reasons why people are entertained by Bond is because he is a hero they can escape from this world into that world of suspense and intrigue.
There is, however, a very real sense in which people are sent on a mission. That mission really is a matter of life and death. With the stakes so high, personality and skills and abilities will not be enough. Certainly charm and a sophisticated lifestyle will clearly be insufficient.
It’s important that you are equipped for the mission …
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden