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A glossary of terms found in the James Bond franchise.

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Bauxite

A sedimentary rock and source of aluminium.

BBC

BBC stands for British Broadcasting Corporation, the United Kingdom's public service broadcaster.

Benzedrine

The drug amphetamine. Originally marketed as a nasal and bronchial decongestant, during the mid-20th century Benzedrine became popular as an artificial stimulant.

BOAC

BOAC stands for British Overseas Airways Corporation. The state-owned airline was the forerunner to British Airways and operated between 1939 and 1974.

Boodle's

A private gentlemen's club, founded in January 1762, at No. 50 Pall Mall, London.

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CIA

CIA stands for Central Intelligence Agency, the foreign intelligence service of the United States.
(See also: Central Intelligence Agency)

Cipher machine

A cryptographic device developed and used to protect commercial, diplomatic, and military communication.

CMG

CMG stands for Companion (of the Order of) St Michael and St George. An honourific title signifying membership of the eponymous British order of chivalry.

CMGN

CMGN stands for Carver Media Group Network, a fictional multi-national news and entertainment company operated and owned by media mogul, Elliot Carver.
(See also: Carver Media Group Network)

Cold War

A period of political rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union, and their respective allies, which began after the Second World War and ended circa 1991.

Columbite

A black, or brownish black mineral ore. Commonly used in the manufacture of jet and rocket engines due to its heat-resistant properties.

Cryptonym

A code name or code word.

Cyanide

A fast-acting poison that can be lethal and is often used in espionage stories as a method of assassination or suicide.
(See also: Cyanide)

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Deuxième Bureau

The foreign intelligence service of France.
(See also: Central Intelligence Agency)

Digitalis

A steroid that affects the cardiac muscle in animals.
(See also: Digitalis poison)

Double agent

An agent who spies on their own intelligence organisation on behalf of another agency or group.

Double−O prefix

A code-number indicating the bearer has a discretionary 'Licence to Kill' in the Secret Service.

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ELINT

ELINT stands for Electronic Intelligence. A subset of Signals Intelligence (SIGINT), ELINT primarily covers radar and other electronic signals not directly used in communication.

EMP

EMP stands for Electromagnetic Pulse, a short burst of electromagnetic energy that is generally disruptive or damaging to electronic equipment, and at higher energy levels it can damage physical objects such as buildings and aircraft structures.

Exfiltration

The withdrawal of troops or spies surreptitiously, especially from a dangerous situation.

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FBI

FBI stands for Federal Bureau of Investigation, the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States.
(See also: Federal Bureau of Investigation)

Field agent

An intelligence operative who works in the field as opposed to one who operates at the office.

Five

(See: MI5)

Foreign Office

A department of the United Kingdom Government responsible for protecting and promoting British interests worldwide, headed by the Foreign Secretary. Intended as primarily civilian services, Britain's intelligence agencies are under overall Foreign Office control.

Fugu poison

(See: Tetrodotoxin)

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GB

A deadly colourless, odourless nerve agent. Also known as Sarin.
(See also: Nerve gas)

GCHQ

GCHQ stands for Government Communications Headquarters. A UK intelligence agency responsible for providing signals intelligence (SIGINT).

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Hard Rule, The

A policy put in place at the behest of MI5 to prevent MI6 operatives from carrying firearms inside the United Kingdom. Seen in Dynamite's comic continuity.

Honey trap

A deceptive operation where a romantic or sexual relationship is used for extortion and blackmail.

HUMINT

HUMINT stands for Human Intelligence. Intelligence-gathering via interpersonal contact in the field.

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Infiltration

The insertion of troops or spies surreptitiously into a location or organisation.

IMINT

IMINT stands for Imagery Intelligence. Intelligence-gathering by satellite imagery or aerial photography.

It’Airgid

(See: Silverfin (fish))

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K

Klaxon

An electric horn or warning hooter.

L

Licence to Kill

A discretionary permit to use lethal force in the line-of-duty. Issued to "00" agents of the British Secret Service.

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MASINT

MASINT stands for Measurement and Signature Intelligence. Intelligence-gathering by sensor data; covering thermal energy, sound waves, airflow disruption, propeller and helicopter rotor vibrations, exhaust from jet engines, trains and cars, velocity patterns etc.

MI5

Also known as the Security Service. The UK's domestic intelligence agency.
(See also: MI5)

MI6

(See: SIS)

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Nerve gas

A poisonous vapour which has a rapid disabling or lethal effect by disrupting the transmission of nerve impulses.
(See also: Nerve gas)

Neurotoxin

A poison which negatively affects the central nervous system.

NOC

NOC stands for non-official cover. A façade to conceal an agent's employment by an intelligence agency - for example, posing as a businessman or journalist.

NSA

NSA stands the National Security Agency, a national-level intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense.
(See also: National Security Agency)

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Ricin

A deadly chemical derived from the castor bean plant.

RNVR

RNVR stands for Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, a voluntary reserve service of the British Royal Navy (RN).

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Sarin

(See: GB)

SIGINT

SIGINT stands for Signals Intelligence. Intelligence-gathering by interception of electronic signals and communications.

Silverfin (fish)

An anglicization of the legendary Scottish fish, "It’Airgid".

Silverfin, Loch

A fish-shaped lough near the fictional town of Kiethly, Scotland.
(See also: Loch Silverfin)

SilverFin serum

An experimental mutagen developed by Randolph Hellebore.
(See also: SilverFin serum)

SIS

The Secret Intelligence Service - also known as MI6. The UK's foreign intelligence agency.
(See also: Secret Intelligence Service)

Sleeper agent

A spy who is placed in a target country or organisation not to undertake an immediate mission but to act as a potential asset if required.

SMERSH

A portmanteau of the Russian "Smyert Shpionam" (which means "Death to Spies"), a fictional Soviet counterintelligence agency.
(See also: SMERSH)

Soap

SIS cryptonym for Sodium Pentothal.

Sodium Pentothal

A type of barbiturate used as a truth serum. Also known as Sodium Thiopental.

SPECTRE

An acronym of "Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion". A fictional global criminal and terrorist organisation.
(See also: SPECTRE)

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Tetrodotoxin

A potent neurotoxin found mainly in the liver and sex organs (gonads) of globefish etc. Causes paralysis of the central nervous system.

Thunderball

A U.S. military term describing an atomic bomb's mushroom cloud.

Tradecraft

The techniques, methods and technologies used in espionage.

Triple agent

A spy who pretends to be a double agent for one side, while they are truthfully a double agent for the other side.

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White Cross Fund

A charitable fund for the families of SIS personnel who were killed on duty.

Wren

(See: WRNS)

WRNS

WRNS stands for Women's Royal Naval Service, the women's branch of the Royal Navy. WRNS personnel were commonly called known as "Wrens".

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