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March 31, 1983
Period: Mrs. Meek
His assignments are awesome ... His weapons
are new, effecient a n ~ potent ... His cars are fast .
His foes are fiendish ... His women are beautiful .
His manner is smooth and sophisticated. He is .
Bond, James Bond, secret service agent supreme!
James Bond is the fictional creation of
Ian Lancaster Fleming. Ian Fleming was an english
novelist born May 28, 1908 in London. Fleming gradua
ted from Eton and from Sandhorst Military Academy
just outside of London. Fleming went to Moscow to
become a correspondent for the Reuters News Agency
in 1929, but returned to London in 1933, to join
a firm of stockbrokers.
He joined the Navy in 1936, and he did
espionage work during World War 11. He worked as
an assistant to the director of British Nael lntell
egence. Fleming used personal experience from the
war to write his Bond novels.
In 1944 he joined the staff of the London
Sunday Times. In 1945 he was made assistant manager
of the newspaper. Fleming later died in London
on August 12, 1964 at the age of 56.
Fleming's Bond novels became popular in
the 1960s. John F. Kennedy was a great fan of James
Bond, that aided his popularity status.
James Bond's "007"ment that he could kill
at his discretion. Bond is the senior of three
double 0 agents, 008, and 009.
Several movies have been made from Bond
novels: "Dr. No" (1962), "From Russia With Love"
(1963), "Goldfinger" (1964), "Thunderba11" (1965),
"You Only Live Twice" (1967),"''On Her Majesty's
Secret Service" (1969), "Diamonds Are Forever"
(1971), "Live And Let Die" (1973), "The Man With
The Golden Gun" (1974), "The Spy Who Loved Me"
(19977), "Moonraker" (1979), "For Your Eyes Only"
(1981), and upcoming are "Octopussy I,' and "Never
Say Never Again". In these movies, Bond is por
trayed by Sean Connery and Roger Moore. Although
neither of thise actors is quite the Bond conceived
by F1eming-- urbane, with a scar down his left cheek,
ruthless eyes, and a cruel mouth-- the series has
been a great success and shows no signs of slowing.
Bond's superior is named "M"': a chap by
the name of "Q" produces many technological ginnnicks
which assist 007 in his defense of the free world.
CIA agent Felix Leiter works with Bond whenever
Great Britian and the United States are required
to join forces.
Among Bond's many foes have been the drug
peddling Mr. Big; would-be world conqueror Ernst
Stavro B1ofe1dj the space colonist Drax; and, we
can't forget, Mr. Goldfinger.
Married briefly to a girl' named Tracy, Bond
was made a widower through funfire in "On Her Majesty's
During the years Bond has used many hand
weapons: the .25 Beretta; which "Q" sarcastically
dismissed as a "lady's gun"; to the .38 Colt Police
Positive; the Colt .45 automatic; .38 Smith & Wesson
Centennial Airweight; and, his favorite, The Walther
PPK 7.56mm carried in the famous Berns-Martian trip1e
draw holster ..
Bond has done most range work with either
the Colt .45, which was far too heavy and difficult
to use in field operations, or the old stand-by
.38 Cobra, 007's long-term favorite snub-nosed revolver
for undercover use. Bond, naturally, did not disclose
the fact that he carried an unauthorized Ruger Super
Blackhawk .44 magnum in a secret compartment in his car.
Bond had a number of cars ranging from a
gray Abstom-Martian, a handsome a turbo
charged Saab. All of Bond's cars hqd the following
characteristics built into them: ejector seat in
the rassenger position, bullet proof glass, solid
rubber tires, shell proof armored screen which can
be raised from the rear of the car, stiffened chasis
and body work to allow ramming,
able scythe blades in hubcaps, submachine guns in
front in front and rear bumpers, oil slick dropped
from rear, smoke screen released from rear, windshield
obscuring spray from rear, gun in side mirrors,
sealable rear compartment with gas dispenser, rotating
1iscense plates, and communication and surveillance
equipment. The Lotus had the built-in ability to
became a submarine.
We have become so accustomed to James Bond gadgets
which boggle the mind that I would like to point out
to any unbelievers that all the "har-dwar-e.' used by
Bond in his movies are genuine. Everything provided
by the t 1 Q ~ t _ branch and carried by Bond - even the
modifications to his cars, are obtainable on the open
market •. , .. ,REALLY]]]
The directors of Glidrose Publications, Ltd.,
owners of the James Bond literary copyright, ap
pointed John Gardner to undertake the somewhat daunt
ing task of picking up where Mr. Ian Fleming left off
in transporting "001" into the 1980 "5 •••• Good News
for Bond fans]
"Fleming, Ian Lancaster," The World Book Encyclopedia
1978. Vol. 7, p, 207.
"Fleming, Lan ;" Encyclopedia Americana 1981. Vol. 11
Gardner, John. "'License' F.enewed
. New York: Berkley,
Rovin, jeff. "tIThe Fantasy Almahac". Toronto: Clarke,
Irwin and, Co, Ltd., 1979 (p. 44)
Rasmussen, Merle "Top Sec re t ". Lake Geneva: TSR Hobbies