008 is the code-name of a man named Bill, a fictional intelligence operative of the 'Double-O' ('00') Branch, an ultra-covert Black Ops unit within the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6). The character was first mentioned in the 1955 James Bond novel Moonraker by Ian Fleming. To date, across the James Bond franchise as a whole, there have been four individuals who have held the number 008.

Literary Biography

Early Life

When the 00 section began, it had only three agents: 008, 007, and 0011.[1] Bill was one of these original three and lived to see 007 be killed on assignment and replaced by James Bond.[2]

Forever and a Day (2018)

After a mission left him wounded, was hospitalized for several weeks under the care of Sir James Molony at St. Mary's hospital in Paddington.[1] Due to his injury, Bill missed the new 007's first day in the office they shared with 0011.was hospitalized under the care of Sir James Molony at St. Mary's hospital in Paddington.[2]

Moonraker (1955)

008 was on recuperative leave after a mission behind the Iron Curtain.

Goldfinger (1959)

Bond thinks to himself that 008 would likely avenge Bond by killing Goldfinger, and reveals that he considers Bill to be a good man, and more careful than himself.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Anthony Horowitz (2018). Forever and a Day. Ian Fleming Publications, 8. ISBN 0062873628. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Anthony Horowitz (2018). Forever and a Day. Ian Fleming Publications, 26. ISBN 0062873628. 

See also

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