How 007 Got His Number
"007" is one of the most-recognizable numbers in the world, and central to the James Bond mystique.
"Casino Royale," the first of Daniel Craig's James Bond movie, even begins with a scene explaining how an agent achieves the vaunted "double-O" status.
But how did Ian Fleming come up with "007" and that "double-O" status in the first place?
Some Fleming enthusiasts insist the world’s most-famous code number was inspired by 16th-Century English explorer/spy John Dee.
Others point to the 007 British bus line, or a 1897 Rudyard Kipling story about an American locomotive entitled “.007,” a World War I code, or part of the telephone number of Ian Fleming’s first literary agent.
There’s just one trouble with these theories. They’re balderdash.
Now, with Craig's fifth and final James Bond movie, I thought you might enjoy my article for literary007.com. It spills all the beans about 007.
You can read it here.
Above: The beginning of ".007," a short story by Rudyard Kipling in Collier's magazine; the legendary John Dee, and an editorial cartoon about the Zimmerman code.
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