Elon Musk is an impressive person. He’s managed to revolutionize more than one industry in his short life, and he’s not far off changing a couple more. The man leads Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), made his name at PayPal, got in on the ground floor at SolarCity and SpaceX, and is an all around decent seeming guy.
A healthy suspicion exists in the minds of many people that the world is run by some sort of secret cabal of the rich who exploit the world for their own betterment. There is a regular analysis that compares Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk with Iron Man. That argument has its virtues, but what if we’re wrong? What if Musk is actually a Bond Villain?
Elon Musk is a Bond Villain
Elon Musk essentially confirmed suspicions this week by buying the transforming submarine Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me. Musk is not content with buying Bond’s car. He wants to rip out the insides, replace the engine with one of his own, and make its transformation actually work. Musk is adding insult to injury and he must be stopped.
Apart from his vindictive torture of a classic Bond car, Musk shares many attributes with the cartoonish villains of the Bond films. The Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO is charismatic, he’s a genius, he’s a billionaire, and his accent is decidedly exotic. Musk is Scaramanga, Blofeld, and Colonel Tan-Sun Moon rolled into one. Most importantly, he’s Max Zorin.
Like the others that have occupied his role, Musk is respected by governments and in the eyes of the public. Nobody suspects his true motivations. Most Bond villains seemed desperate to make money, despite being fairly wealth. Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) doesn’t seem like the firm to start a Moonraker operation from, though Space X might fit the bill.
Stopping the Tesla Motors plan
In order to get in the way of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), somebody is going to have to find out what nefarious scheme Elon Musk is hiding. Perhaps his intended torture of a classic piece of movie memorabilia is a symbolic assault on the old auto industry. Perhaps he’s just toying with us.
If Musk is simply trying to make the world a better place he may face more resistance. He’s already gotten into trouble with governments in the United States, and he may face more trouble around the world as he attempts to popularize solar power and Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) electric cars.
Elon Musk is a Bond villain. The world is allowing him access to transport infrastructure, power infrastructure, payments infrastructure, and space. None of those are a good sign and that last one seems particularly dangerous. When he decides it’s time to reveal himself to the world we will know his plan. The world will likely hang on his words.