Ahab’s O

Ben Whisaw as Q, Daniel Craig as Bond

Bond has Q, his Quartermaster.
Ahab has O, his Obadiah.

Q – Bond’s Quartermaster

When James Bond hangs by his ankles over a pond of snapping piranhas, I’m not worried. Not really. Because I remember Q and his gadgets.

Sure enough, 007 gets his thumb on a cufflink that’s really a mini rotating blade which cuts through Bond’s bonds.  I start to grin, because next he pulls out a fountain pen that shoots a tiny grappling hook and line over to a beam, so the unbound Bond swings out of danger.

And I thank Q.

O – Ahab’s Chief of Staff

King Ahab doesn’t escape the piranha teeth, but I hope he will because I remember Obadiah and his influence.

I mean, if Elijah wears a Lone Ranger white hat, and his brother, Nathan, sports a headband with an arrow, I might say Ahab slinks around in a black hat. Yet sometimes it feels like he might trade it in for a hat of a lighter color. Reform and join the good guys.

For instance –

Desmond Llewelyn as Q

  1. He overlooks Obadiah’s protecting 100 prophets.
  2. He chooses a good man like Obadiah to search with him for grass.
  3. After the fire falls on Mt. Carmel, He repents1 (in my interpretation) until Jezebel puts her foot down.
  4. When the prophet rebukes him for letting Ben Hadad get away, rather than acting rebellious and stubborn, Ahab appears sullen and resentful.
  5. After murdering Naboth, Ahab dons sackcloth.

Okay, so he hasn’t really changed all that much, and his life is appalling. But I hope he will reach for the right choice.

Why?

But what makes this miserably tragic king even lean in a good direction? When faced with a decision, why does he pause at the hat rack? Why do I feel he is looking at the white hat?

Who?

Someone softened King Ahab’s heart, and it wasn’t Elijah. While Elijah’s words came too late.

Instead of Elijah, I thank the good man Ahab knew and respected all his life — Obadiah, his Chief of Staff. This mere accountant, by the power of his daily living, came closer than anyone to moving the king toward good choices.

Not Q and not E, but O.

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