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James Bond and other 00 agents as seen in the 1999 film The World Is Not Enough.

The 00 Section of MI6 is considered the secret service's elite. A 00 (typically read "Double O" and denoted in Fleming's novels by the letters "OO" rather than the digits "00") is a field agent that holds a licence to kill in the field, at their discretion, to complete any mission. Standard mandatory retirement age is 45 though various writers including Ian Fleming, Sebastian Faulks and John Gardner have contradicted this as a matter of Poetic License and several actors who have portrayed Bond on film have been older than 45 at the time of playing the character. Although Fleming only mentioned five 00 agents, others have been added over the years across various franchise media.

00 agents

The following list is of the known members of this elite order who have been referenced in officially licenced James Bond fiction: novels, films, video games, and comic strips (not including impostors).

Agent # Name Description
001 Unidentified An apparent 001 is seated to the far left of James Bond during the "00 Section" briefing in the 1965 film, Thunderball.[1]
Edward Donne Referenced in the Raymond Benson novel, Doubleshot.
002 Unidentified An apparent 002 is seated to the left of James Bond during the "00 Section" briefing in the 1965 film, Thunderball.[1]
Unidentified In John Pearson's novel, James Bond: The Authorised Biography, an alternate-continuity 002 ended up in a gaol in Canton. Bond is sent to extract him after he escapes, kills several Chinese guards and somehow crosses the border between China and Portuguese Macao.
Bill Fairbanks Assassinated by Francisco Scaramanga, a.k.a. The Man with the Golden Gun, in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1969 (film version: The Man with the Golden Gun).
Unidentified In The Living Daylights (film version), another 002, played by Glyn Baker, was in the training exercise at Gibraltar, with 004 and 007.
Unidentified The game Lord Bromley's Estate (1990) mentions a 002, whose corpse had been washed up in the south of France, after uncovering a plot in Turkey by the counterespionage organisation "SPIDER".
003 Unidentified An apparent female 003 is seated several seats to the left of James Bond during the "00 Section" briefing in the 1965 film, Thunderball.[1]
Unidentified In John Pearson's novel, James Bond: The Authorised Biography, an alternate-continuity 003 is severely injured in early 1951 after being dragged from a blazing car outside Belgrade.
Unidentified Found dead in Siberia, in the 1985 film A View to a Kill. Had been investigating the Soviet Union's use of EMP-resistant microchips prior to his death.
Jack Mason Another MI6 agent, referred to as 003, or "Jack", is captured and shot by the primary antagonist, Nikolai Diavolo, in the 2004 video-game Everything or Nothing.
Unidentified In Dynamite's 2020 graphic novel, Reflections of Death, Bond attempts to break an unnamed 003 out of a black site in Olgetsk - only to discover that he was a traitor and part of the facility's senior management. He was incarcerated.
004 Unidentified An apparent 004 is seated to the left of James Bond during the "00 Section" briefing in the 1965 film, Thunderball.[1]
Unidentified Accompanied 002 and 007 to Gibraltar in The Living Daylights film; murdered by an individual pretending to be a KGB agent who left a tag on the body that read "Death to Spies" in Russian.
Unidentified Another 004 appears in the Benson novel The Facts of Death.
Unidentified In the GoldenEye video game on the Silo mission briefing, Q mentions to 007 to "remember to treat the timed explosives with respect - you remember what happened to 004 in Beirut" - whether this is another agent or the same one as above is unknown.
Scarlett Papava In the Sebastian Faulks novel Devil May Care, Bond girl Scarlett Papava is unveiled as 004, replacing the previous agent who was killed in Berlin.
005 Unidentified An apparent dark-haired 005 is seated to the left of James Bond during the "00 Section" briefing in the 1965 film, Thunderball.[1]
Stuart Thomas Was 005 until an eye defect had begun to impair his ability to use a firearm. Was transferred and is the head of Station G (Greece) in Colonel Sun (1968).
Unidentified In Dynamite Entertainment's 2018 comic James Bond: M, an unnamed 005 was chastised by M for severely bungling a mission to save a Duchess from her captors.
006 Unidentified An unnamed 006, a former Royal Marine commando, is mentioned in the Fleming novel On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
Unidentified Another apparent 006, a bearded gentleman, is seated directly to the left of James Bond during the "00 Section" briefing in the 1965 film, Thunderball.[1]
Alec Trevelyan Major character in GoldenEye. One of Bond's best friends, he betrayed MI6 and Her Majesty's Government by faking his death and then, years later, in aiding the theft of the secret Soviet satellite system, GoldenEye. His motive was avenging his parents, Lienz Cossacks, betrayed to the Communists by the British government after World War II. He also begrudged Bond's not allowing him time to escape unscathed from the Soviet chemical weapons factory they were to destroy in the mission shown in the teaser of GoldenEye. Portrayed by Sean Bean.
"Hutcheon" Another active 006 is mentioned in the 2015-2016 comic VARGR, and at one point in his career, he used the pseudonym "Mr. Hutcheon".
007 Unidentified In Anthony Horowitz's 2018 James Bond continuation novel Forever and a Day, the 007 preceding James Bond was shot three times and killed on assignment in the South of France in the year 1950. His body was discovered in the waters of Marseille. This man was the first to hold the 007 title, and was in the first batch of 00 Agents. He was a personal friend of James Bond before his death.
James Bond Until 2018, James Bond was the only agent known to have had the code number 007. During the timeframe of the You Only Live Twice novel, Bond was transferred into another branch and given the number 7777, suggesting there was no active 007 during that time frame. Bond was subsequently reinstated as 007 in the following book, The Man with the Golden Gun. In the John Gardner novels, 007 is the last remaining active 00-agent, the section itself having been dissolved by the 1980s; Raymond Benson later contradicted this in his novels. Bond was initially offered the title of 009, but out of respect to his personal friend the previous 007, he asked for his number instead.[2]
Nomi Major character in No Time to Die. After Bond has retired, she got the code number 007. Later she gave back the code number to Bond and helped to find Safin and destroy his lab.
008 "Bill" In the novel Goldfinger, Bond thinks to himself that 008 would likely avenge Bond by killing Goldfinger. As Bond thinks this, he ruminates that 008 is "a good man, more careful than Bond." In the novel Moonraker, 008 (called "Bill" by Bond) is mentioned as being on recuperative leave after returning from a mission behind the Iron Curtain.
Unidentified In John Pearson's novel, James Bond: The Authorised Biography, an alternate-continuity 008 is found dead in January 1951 in a parked car fifty yards inside the Western zone of Berlin.
Unidentified An apparent 008 is seated immediately to the right of James Bond during the "00 Section" briefing in the 1965 film, Thunderball.[1]
Unidentified In the films, agent 008 is mentioned briefly when M threatens to replace Bond on an assignment, e.g. Goldfinger and The Living Daylights[3]. The James Bond 007 role playing game released in the 1980s suggests 008 is a woman.
Unidentified In the 1998 video game James Bond 007 for the Nintendo Game Boy, MI6 sends an unnamed agent 008 into Kurdistan to dismantle an arms smuggling ring. Soon thereafter, all contact was lost with 008. M makes a decision to send James Bond to investigate his whereabouts.
Unidentified In the 2014 Dynamite comic VARGR, Bond was sent to Helsinki, Finland to avenge a fallen 008. This 008 was confirmed as male, and was killed by a gangster for no other reason than because he loved killing.
009 Unidentified M tells 009 to take care of the "00 Section" whilst 007 is sent to Shrublands in Fleming's 1961 novel, Thunderball.
Unidentified An apparent 009 is seated to the right of James Bond during the "00 Section" briefing in the 1965 film, Thunderball.[1]
Unidentified In John Pearson's novel, James Bond: The Authorised Biography, an alternate-continuity 009 is murdered by a double-agent during 1955 in Hungary. Bond finds him with his throat slit.
Unidentified Assassinated by Mischka and Grischka in the film version of Octopussy.
Unidentified Another 009 is mentioned in R.L. Stine's gamebook, James Bond in Win, Place or Die (1985).
Unidentified Another 009 dies in Issue: #7 of the Swedish James Bond comic James Bond, Agent 007 (8th July 1986) in story Dödlig Dubbelgångare (Deadly Double).
Unidentified Yet another unlucky holder of the title was experimented on and later killed in Peru in Dark Horse Comics' 1991 graphic novel Serpent's Tooth.
Unidentified M sent another 009, in the movie The World Is Not Enough, to assassinate Renard; despite 009's shooting him in the head, Renard lived.
Unidentified Another holder of 009 status was supposed to get the Aston Martin DB10 featured in Spectre, however the car was stolen by James Bond.
0010 Unidentified Referenced in the Benson novel The Man with the Red Tattoo.
0011 Unidentified Mentioned briefly in the Fleming novel Moonraker as vanishing while on assignment in Singapore. In John Pearson's novel, James Bond: The Authorised Biography, an alternate-continuity 0011 similarly disappears in the Far East; in this case, in early 1951 while passing through China on the so-called ‘Blue Route’.
0012 Unidentified Simply identified as an "MI6 agent" on the big screen, the novelization and video-games based on The World is Not Enough identified the unnamed character a 'Double-O' operative.[4] He was killed over a confidential document, prior to the film's events.
0013 Briony Thorne A female 00-agent who appears in the comic strip Fear Face (published January 18, 1971 to April 20, 1971 in the The Daily Express). Thorne was framed as being a double agent for China.
Unidentified Agent York Killed in the comic strip River of Death (published June 24, 1969 to November 29, 1969 in The Daily Express). Agent York is a 00 agent but his number isn't revealed.
Suzi Kew A recurring character in the Daily Express comic strip series of the 1960s and 1970s, Suzi Kew is a 00 agent but her number is not revealed.
Various unnamed Several 00-agents are also glimpsed in the Castle Thane briefing scene of The World Is Not Enough, but no additional information about them is provided. It is implied that at least one is female.
Henry Fraser In Anthony Horowitz's 2015 James Bond continuation novel Trigger Mortis, an unnumbered 00 agent named Henry Fraser was reassigned to the Communications Department where he serves as Duty Officer, following paralysis from a gunshot wound to the spine.[5]
Clive Woodslow Another unnumbered 00 agent named Clive Woodslow was an ally to Bond in the 2015 video game James Bond: World of Espionage by Glu Mobile.

Trivia

  • A former 00-agent candidate[6] nicknamed "GoldenEye" was featured in the video-game GoldenEye: Rogue Agent. He was shot in the right eye, and was dismissed by MI6 for "reckless brutality". He joined up with Auric Goldfinger against the shooter, Dr. Julius No, and eventually received a gold-hued, synthetic orb as a replacement for his right eye. After killing Goldfinger and Dr. No, he becomes Ernst Stavro Blofeld's bodyguard. Unlike other 00 agents listed here, it is difficult if not impossible to reconcile GoldenEye with the continuity of the films, comic strips, or novels.
  • As noted above, on screen Bond has been seen in the presence of multiple other 00 agents on two occasions to date, while The World is Not Enough establishes that not only do the 00's have their own section at MI6 headquarters, but even their own logo. However, other media, such as the comic strip "Fear Face" and the novel Devil May Care have as major plot points the fact that Bond doesn't recognize two characters as fellow 00 agents, indicating that the agents (likely for security reasons) are not always aware of each other's identities. It's notable also that, when MI6 HQ is attacked in The World is Not Enough (soon after the aforementioned reveal of the 00 section of the building), 007 appears to be the only 00 agent present during the incident.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Probable 00 numbers can be derived from 007's position during the meeting; seated in the seventh seat from the left.
  2. Anthony Horowitz (2018). Forever and a Day. Ian Fleming Publications, 42. ISBN 0062873628. 
  3. "It was instinct. - I'll recall 008 from Hong Kong | The Living Daylights quotes". Subzin.com. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  4. Benson, Raymond; Neil Purvis & Robert Wade (1999). "Chapter 01: Errand Boy", The World Is Not Enough (in En). Boulevard. ISBN 9780425173503. 
  5. Horowitz, Anthony (2015). "Chapter 2: Racing Uncertainty", Trigger Mortis (in English). Hachette UK, p.28. ISBN 9781409159155. 
  6. Goldeneye: Rogue Agent: Official Strategy Guide (Prima's Official Strategy Guides), Prima Games, 26 November 2004, p.4
  7. Horowitz, Anthony (2015). "Chapter 20: Naked Aggression", Trigger Mortis (in English). Hachette UK, p.254. ISBN 9781409159155. 
  8. Horowitz, Anthony (2015). "Chapter 15: Follow the Money", Trigger Mortis (in English). Hachette UK, p.185. ISBN 9781409159155. “[this counterfeit note is] at least seven years old ... Back in 1950 they made a few changes to the design.” 
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