CBn recently looked at the cinematic 00-agents that are featured in several of the James Bond 007 films. A great many 00-agents are also featured in the many novels by Ian Fleming and continuation novelists that followed after him. The 00 number itself, is awarded to those who had to kill an enemy in ‘cold blood.’
James Bond fans had to wait a long time to finally see the appearance of 001 in the series (has yet to feature in a Bond film), but Raymond Benson finally placed him in the pages of Doubleshot.
In James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007, John Pearson informs fans that 002 was rescued by James Bond from the Portuguese police in Macau, in 1954.
In James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007, John Pearson also tells fans that 003 was badly injured once.
In The Adventures of James Bond Junior 003 1/2, R. D. Mascott tells us about the exciting life of Agent 007’s nephew.
004 is based in the UK at the start of Raymond Benson’s The Facts of Death. He also briefly is mentioned near the beginning of The Man With The Red Tattoo.
Mentioned in Colonel Sun and The Facts of Death he is Stuart Thomas, head of Station G (Greece), before he eventually retires.
006 is an ex-Royal Marine, who is mentioned in Ian Fleming’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
You know the name… you know the number.
According to James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007, the agent with the 008 number died in 1951. In Ian Fleming’s Moonraker his name is Bill, a junior agent to James Bond, rescued from Berlin. 008 is also mentioned in Goldfinger, when discussing Bond’s assignment.
In Ian Fleming’s Thunderball, 009 is mentioned as the next in command after James Bond 007. According to James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007, he died in Hungary in 1955.
Raymond Benson introduces 0010, finally, in The Man With The Red Tattoo.
In Moonraker, he has been lost in Singapore. And died in 1951 according to James Bond: The Authorized Biography of 007.
0012 has an important report stolen from him and is killed in Raymond Benson’s The World is Not Enough.