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How James Bond made a wager on missile codes


Die Another Day: How James Bond made a wager on missile codes


James Bond stared across the table. His adversary had three cards in his hand, and the poker-faced expression on the woman’s face did not show whether she was in a winning or losing position.

It was a mad night at the Vegas Casino, and while others around Bond and the woman were vocal about their success or failure, the two professionals played the staring game just to see who would win.

Bond began rolling the two die given to him by the croupier. He knew that if he scored 10 or more on the dice, the game was his, but what was the probability that he would? He knew that he needed a minimum combination of {4,6}, {6,4} or even {5,5} to survive. Like most secret agents, Bond hated losing, and here he was on the verge of a lead that would help him get the code for the missile that would prevent the world from coming to an end.

“Penny for your thoughts, Mr…” said the woman, noticing the spy’s face.

“Bond. James Bond,” he replied. “Whatever gave you the idea?”

“I know a game is a lost cause when I see a gentleman’s temple throb. You’re nervous, Mr. Bond,” said the lady.

“I have to admire your overconfidence, Miss,” said Bond, as he adjusted his super-charged watch.

Like all spy gear, the watch was able to manipulate everything, even a rolling die. And as Bond adjusted his watch, followed by his cufflinks, the croupier rolled the die and gave two sixes. Bond smirked and took the envelope containing the codes and walked out of the casino.

While Bond may have used tactics that could be considered by many as cheating, it’s not always the case when you roll a die. Instead of playing board games such as  Monopoly or Battleships, why don’t you just play a game of chance, which is also probability? Take one die and cast it. But before you do, think of what number you want to see. If you choose the number you get, then you get a point. If you want the game to be more challenging, cast two or three dice. Make this a family activity.

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