A glossary of terms found in the James Bond franchise.
A sedimentary rock used to produce aluminium.
BBC stands for British Broadcasting Corporation, the United Kingdom's public service state broadcaster.
The drug amphetamine. Originally marketed as a nasal and bronchial decongestant, during the mid-20th century Benzedrine became popular as an artificial stimulant.
BOAC stands for British Overseas Airways Corporation. The state-owned airline was the forerunner to British Airways and operated between 1939 and 1974.
A private gentlemen's club, founded in January 1762, at No. 50 Pall Mall, London.
CIA stands for Central Intelligence Agency, the foreign intelligence service of the United States.
(See also: Central Intelligence Agency)
A cryptographic device developed and used to protect commercial, diplomatic, and military communication.
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 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)
A period of political and ideological rivalry between the West (the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and their allies, including most of western Europe, South Korea, Japan) and the East (Communist countries such as Soviet Union, East Germany, North Korea, Vietnam, much of eastern Europe, and occasionally China). It began shortly after WW2 ended and continued until 1991.
A black, or brownish black mineral ore. Commonly used in the manufacture of jet and rocket engines due to its heat-resistant properties.
A code name or code word.
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)
The foreign intelligence service of France, name literally means the "second office".
(See also: Central Intelligence Agency)
A steroid that affects the cardiac muscle in animals, produced from the foxglove plant.
(See also: Digitalis poison)
An agent who spies on their own intelligence organisation on behalf of another agency or group.
A code-number indicating the bearer has a discretionary 'Licence to Kill' in the Secret Service.
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 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.
The withdrawal or retreat of troops or spies surreptitiously, especially from a dangerous situation. The opposite of infiltration.
FBI stands for Federal Bureau of Investigation, the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States.
(See also: Federal Bureau of Investigation)
An intelligence operative who works in the field, often in enemy territory, as opposed to one who operates at the 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. It was formerly known as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
A deadly colourless, odourless nerve agent. Also known as Sarin.
(See also: Nerve gas)
GCHQ stands for Government Communications Headquarters. A UK intelligence agency responsible for providing signals intelligence (SIGINT), similar to America's NSA.
The Soviet military intelligence body, which operated outside the USSR. Also known as the Main Intelligence Directorate. An abbreviation of Главное разведывательное управление (ГРУ - Glavnoye Razvedyvatel'noye Upravleniye). See also KGB.
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.
A deceptive operation where a romantic or sexual relationship is used for extortion and blackmail. Often this situation is manufactured from the beginning.
HUMINT stands for Human Intelligence. Intelligence-gathering via interpersonal contact in the field.
The insertion of troops or spies surreptitiously into a location or organisation. It is the opposite of exfiltration.
IMINT stands for Imagery Intelligence. Intelligence-gathering by satellite imagery, aerial photography or long range lenses.
(See: Silverfin (fish))
One of the intelligence services of the Soviet Union. Комитет государственной безопасности (КГБ - Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti, lit. 'Committee for State Security). See also GRU.
An electric horn or warning hooter.
Licence to Kill
A discretionary permit to use lethal force in the line-of-duty. Issued to "00" agents of the British Secret Service.
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.
Also known as the Security Service. The UK's domestic intelligence agency.
(See also: MI5)
A poisonous vapour which has a rapid disabling or lethal effect by disrupting the transmission of nerve impulses.
(See also: Nerve gas)
A poison which negatively affects the central nervous system, often rapidly.
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 stands the National Security Agency, a national-level intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense.
(See also: National Security Agency)
Part of SIS devoted to developing weaponry and gadgets. (See: Q Branch)
A deadly chemical derived from the castor bean plant.
RNVR stands for Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, the voluntary reserve service of the British Royal Navy (RN), which can be called upon in certain circumstances.
SIGINT stands for Signals Intelligence. Intelligence-gathering by interception of electronic signals and communications.
An anglicization of the legendary Scottish fish, "It’Airgid".
A fish-shaped loch, or body of water, near the fictional town of Kiethly, Scotland.
(See also: Loch Silverfin)
An experimental mutagen developed by Randolph Hellebore.
(See also: SilverFin serum)
The Secret Intelligence Service - mostly now known as MI6. The UK's foreign intelligence agency.
(See also: Secret Intelligence Service)
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.
A portmanteau of the Russian Смерть шпионам (Smyert Shpionam, "Death to Spies"), a Soviet counterintelligence agency, set up by Stalin during WW2.
(See also: SMERSH)
SIS cryptonym for Sodium Pentothal.
A type of barbiturate used as a truth serum. Also known as Sodium Thiopental.
An acronym of "Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion". A fictional global criminal and terrorist organisation.
(See also: SPECTRE)
A potent neurotoxin found mainly in the liver and sex organs (gonads) of globefish etc. Causes paralysis of the central nervous system.
A U.S. military term describing an atomic bomb's mushroom cloud.
The techniques, methods and technologies used in espionage.
A spy who pretends to be a double agent for one side, while they are truthfully a double agent for the other side.
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, aka the Soviet Union. Because it was dominated by Russia, it was often incorrectly referred to as such. One of the two main forces in the Cold War.
An alliance of Communist countries in eastern and central Europe headed up by the Soviet Union.
White Cross Fund
A charitable fund for the families of SIS personnel who were killed on duty.
WRNS stands for Women's Royal Naval Service, the women's branch of the Royal Navy. WRNS personnel were commonly called known as "Wrens".