Things looking bad for 007 vs. Tara Chace in May Madness

Ernst Stavro Blofed couldn’t do it. Nor could Goldfinger, Dr. No, Scaramanga or Largo (both versions). But it appears James Bond is about to go down to defeat against Tara Chace in Mister 8’s May Madness.

With less than two hours to go before voting concludes, the Greg Rucka-created Chace leads 007 248-55, gleaning 82 percent of votes cast.

This may seem like a surprise but on reflection probably shouldn’t be viewed that way. Chace fans have responded to tweets and a blog message from Rucka. Many Bond fans, meanwhile, have always considered themselves above that sort of thing. Several years ago, another Web site had some kind of fan-favorite poll and fans of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. organized themselves to vote.

UPDATE: As of 6 p.m. on May 20 (presumably the final results but who knows?), the tally was 256-58 in favor of Tara Chace. We already have a “who gives a rat’s ass” response, which reinforces the previous statement that much of Bond fandom considers itself above this sort of thing.

Mister 8 May madness update: 007 trailing Tara Chace

The No. 1-seeded James Bond is trailing Tara Chace, 197 votes to 45 in fellow C.O.B.R.A. Mister 8’s May Madness. That’s as of about 4:30 p.m., New York time, May 19. Voting is scheduled to conclude late morning of May 20.

How did this happen? In a post on the Commander Bond.net message board, Mister 8 provided this report:

A POTENTIAL MAJOR UPSET! After a personal plea via blog and Twitter from creator Greg Rucka, Tara Chace has managed to lap James Bond to the tune of 100 votes. Can Bond catch up in the final day of voting?: