The Real 007: The British Agent That Inspired James Bond’s Iconic Code Number

A lot of people may not know this but Ian Fleming’s iconic James Bond, was based of John Dee, an English alchemist, philosopher and advisor to Queen Elizabeth I. Dee lived in the 16th century and participated in many covert operations carried on in the name of the Queen:

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In order to remain anonymous, he used to sign his private communication with Queen Elizabeth as ‘007’, which was the inspiration behind the code number of the James Bond character: (the article continues after the ad)


Dee actually signed his letters with two circles symbolising his own two eyes and indicating that he was the secret eyes of the Queen.The two circles are guarded by what may be considered a square root sign or an elongated seven as for Dee, seven was a sacred cabalistic and lucky number.

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