Okay, I've been wondering about this question for some time. I'm pretty sure there's a consensus that the whole secret agent/spy action genre is not science fiction, but I can't work out why.
Here's some things that place it in the Sci Fi category:
- technology that doesn't work here and now (you can't actually get most of Mr Bonds gadgets)
- some science-driven technologies (e.g. Magnets used to deflect bullets, collecting huge amounts of sunlight and directing it to make a weapon)
- it takes place in our universe. It doesn't claim that its content works outside the laws of physics. It's not super-natural, just deeply implausible.
Here's some things that place it outside the genre.
- no aliens, alternate universes, time travel etc.
- it mostly takes place on this planet.
- storylines aren't particularly science-driven. More about people and politics (and punching the Bad Guys™).
So I'm a bit stuck, here. I think it must actually be Sci Fi, even though my first impression is that if definitely is not.
So here's the question; does James Bond fit into the genre of Science Fiction or not? I'd really like to see your working on this one.