How many double O's would you say there is? Well if you watch the James Bond films made by Eon Productions you would say that there are many of them. But if you read the Ian Fleming books you might say that there are far less.
In the third James Bond novel by Ian Fleming titled MOONRAKER we do get an answer to this question.
As early as on page 12 it reads.
Bond had told her as much. often, and he and the two other members of the OO Section had at various times made determined assaults on her virtue.On Page 14 it continues.
Oh, and the powder-wine says that 008's got out. He's in Berlin, resting. Isn't it wonderful!
And what about 0011? It was two months since he had vanished into the Dirty Half-mile in Singapore. Not a word since. While he, Bond, No. 007, the senior of the three men in the Service who had earned the double o number, sat at his comfortable desk doing paper-work and flirting with their secretary.So at this stage, in 1955 when MOONRAKER was first released their where only meant to be three Double O agents.
And to me that sounds so odd. I believe that many of you have thought, just like me. That there must have been at least seven agents and that they started with 001 and went onwards to 007.
To have only three agents, and not in a numerical order, numbered 007, 008 and 0011 does not make sense and I am looking forward to learn more about why this is so.
After reading this blog post my wife tells me that she finds it possible that they were all agents from the start with just a number like Agent 8 but when he has made his second kill becomes 008 (since two kills are needed to become a double O. This is not a bad theory.
Do you know? Please comment below and dont forget to mention your source.
Below you can see the Swedish first edition of MOONRAKER released in 1956 and titled ATTACK