Is James Bond A Spy?


The James Bond universe has inspired and entertained millions all over the world. Nearly everyone knows who James Bond is and everyone has watched at least one of the films. With this kind of films there are many questions that arise regarding the main character “James Bond”. And one of the many questions is as to the job profile of James Bond, and that along with some other questions is what this article will be answering in depth. So to start off answering “Is James Bond A Spy?”

No, James Bond is not a spy/secret agent but rather an intelligence officer. He reports directly to the MI6 and has been given the code name of 007 as an Intelligence service agent, residing in London but active internationally. Initially, Bond was a compound character who was based on a number of commandos whom Fleming knew during his service in the Naval intelligence division during the second world war. Fleming did obviously made some editions to the characters according to his own style and tastes

Fleming claimed that Bond’s name was appropriated from the American ornithologist of the same name; However, new reports have emerged claiming Fleming may have got the name from a Welsh agent he served with, one James C. Bond. Bond has a number of consistent character traits that run throughout the books, including an enjoyment of cars, a love of food, alcohol, and love-making, and a smoking habit of 60 custom-made cigarettes a day which was shown in the books at quite length.

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Are There Real 007 Agents?

No, there are no real-life 007 Agents as this is something completely fictional. Moreover, 007 is just a code name given to the fictional character known as “James Bond”. James Bond occupies the high fantasy end of espionage fiction, and I believe that if you understand one thing about the difference between fiction and reality it is that the fiction conflates many different roles for its spies. Reality is highly compartmentalized.

As a double-O agent, Bond is supposed to be a hitman. MI6 doesn’t have hitmen so this is entirely fictional obviously. But according to the story, in the exceptional cases where the UK government wants someone killed, a Class 7 authorization must be obtained, agreed by a management board, and various operations directors, which then signed by the Foreign Secretary and vetted by a judge.

Is James Bond An Assassin?

No James Bond is not an assassin, this confusion is often caused by the display of James Bond as a killer as he famously has the “License To Kill”, but this still doesn’t make him an assassin as in the story line he is more like a secret agent who has the “License to Kill” which gives him the liberty to kill people if need be. There are some notable exceptions such as in Skyfall, where he is sent to kill the guy from the motorbike chase, but even then his primary goal is to obtain information first. If we examine his missions, they usually involve going undercover to observe and report on someone who has attracted the attention of the British Secret Service- the whole killing and violence part is rarely on the direct orders of M, the head of MI6, rather it is Bond’s call if he perceives the target as a threat.

In the books, however, Bond could best be described as a saboteur. It is certainly true that he goes undercover to investigate, but this is usually with the direct purpose of destroying that which he encounters (In Quantum of Solace, for example, he is tasked with blowing up a Communist spy ship, and in The Living Daylights and For Your Eyes Only his job is literally that of a sniper). In fact, his job description seems to be “will take on any dangerous job that helps to ensure the safety of Britain or America”. We have seen him smash drug cartels, foil bank robberies, act as a bodyguard, lay traps for Soviet spies, recover stolen property, assassinate people, arrest murderers, and a million other things.

So, in conclusion, I would suggest that James Bond is an all-purpose agent of the British Secret Service who takes on the most dangerous jobs that require killing, some of which involve espionage.

What Is James Bond’s Real Name?

James Bond is not a code name despite what many think and is infact the real name of the James Bond character. We’ll elaborate on this in a bit

Is James Bond A Code Name?

No, James Bond is the real name of the character James Bond, even though there are quite a lot of people who have made up their own theories and belive that James Bond is just a code name where in fact it was shown that James Bond’s the real name of the character ” James Bond”. It was shown in the “Skyfall” movie when the gravestones of James Bond’s parents were shown and they had ” Mr. and Mrs. Bond ” written on it. However, as we mentioned there are many fans that theorize that James Bond has been brainwashed to think that he is someone that he is not and in fact is given some memories of an actual person who died whose name was “James Bond”, but these just as we said are mere theories. Down below is a picture of the gravestones of James bond’s parents from the movie to better elaborate on this point

Does James Bond have License to kill?

Yes, Bond does have a license to kill. In Ian Fleming’s novels and short stories, Bond has used his license 39 times, but never against an undeserving person. However, he once used his license for an official purpose but that was the request of M, the head of MI6.

What does the “License to Kill” of James Bond actually mean?


It means that he has the authority by his headman to disband or assasinate people when he believes that doing so is in the best interest of the United Kingdom. This license ofcourse provides him complete legal immunity for his actions. which are not allowed for a normal person

What are the limits to this license?

For instance, If he murders a completely innocent person for his personel reason will he still not be having any criminal liabilty?

Well this is explained in the defination of license to kill given to us by wikipedia.

License to kill is the official sanction by a government or government agency to a particular operative or employee to initiate the use of lethal force in the delivery of their objectives, well known as a literary device used in espionage fiction. Lethal force can only be used in two conditions self defense or protection of someone.

This tells us that lethal force can only be used in self defense or saving someone else’s life. This means He can only kill while on a mission. Moreover, as agents they’re tested regularly for any psychological condition that would take them off the path of duty, obviously being a madman would obstruct that agent from making the right decisions at the right moment and may result in the death of innocent people.

How many James Bond movies have been made till yet?

The total number of films made on james bond are 26 and with the upcoming movie “No Time To Die”, the number of James Bond movies would reach 27. The first movie ever made on James bond was Dr. No in 1963. Furthermore, The latest movie on james bond uptil now was spectre which was releases in 2015 and was one of the biggest blockbuster in the box office at that time making 880.7 million dollars USD.

The James Bond films are the longest continually running film series of all time and have grossed over 7.04 billion USD in total, making it the sixth highest grossing movies to date. As of 2020, there have been twenty-6 films in the Eon Productions series. The most recent Bond film, Spectre (2015), stars Daniel Craig in his fourth portrayal of Bond; he is the sixth actor to play Bond in the Eon series.

Hopefully, this article was helpful in answering some of your James Bond related questions. In case you have any other related questions feel free to use the comment section below. And if you want to go through some of the interesting facts about James Bond, factcity has a great article written on just that so do give it a look, here is the link if you are interested. “26 Brilliant James Bond Facts”. Lastly if you want a list of all the James Bond movies we have a great article written on that too, so do give it a look if you are interest “List Of James Bond Movies: All Of Them“. And stay tuned to cinephilespeaks for more interesting articles on your favourite characters and stories

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