2. September 2014 05:17
I picked up the 1979 James Bond "Moonraker" Annual in a second hand bookstore in Tunbridge Wells this summer (I'll scan the rest of it sooner or later) but this James Bond Dossier caught my eye and seemed appropriate for this site...
FILE S5/23 84982 00 Section
NOT TO BE TAKEN OFF FLOOR LEVEL 3
NAME OF AGENT: James Bond
MARITAL STATE: Single
EDUCATION: Eton, Fettes College
SERVICE RECORD: Lieutenant in Special Branch of RNVR Achieved rank of Commander
PARENTS: Andrew Bond (Scottish), Monique Delacroix (Swiss)
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown Height: 1.83m Weight: 76 kilos. Scar down right cheek and right shoulder; signs of plastic surgery on back of right hand
INTERESTS: Gambling; fast cars; expensive clothes; sophisticated women; sailing; good food; music
I.Q.: Far above average
RECORD IN SECRET SERVICE SO FAR: Apart from one or two failures has maintained remarkable success rate on operations, and looks set to be department head in time.
N.B. Bond has a double 0 number, giving him the right to kill in the course of his duties
NOT TO BE REMOVED
CLASSIFIED INFORMATION NOT TO BE REMOVED WITHOUT THE PERMISSION OF APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT HEAD
Confidential document prepared by ‘M’, head of the Secret Service:
James Bond, 007, is one of our top agents, both in performance and rank.
His good looks tend to give the impression of a man of delicate nature, but in situations demanding ruthlessness and animal courage there is no one better. Known and admired by the Secret Services of the western powers, he is the man they ask for when they want a helping hand on an exacting mission. He is an expert pistol shot, boxer and knife-thrower.
A professional spy has only himself to depend on when in the field, therefore he must be something of a lone wolf, used to finding his own way out of embarrassing situations without losing his ice-cold control. Bond has this essential attitude of mind, able to cut himself off from all petty emotions and concentrate entirely on the job in hand. Of course the few playthings we supply before he starts a mission do help him somewhat.
Regrettably, Bond does seem always to get tangled up with women on his assignments. But such is his control of the situation that invariably he manages to extract himself with the minimum of discredit—much to the fury of SMERSH and Spectre.
For relaxation he likes to have the occasional night at a casino, followed by a good meal and a bottle of wine . . . and then home to his collection of classical and blues records. He has few close male friends but when off-duty in London he has yet to be seen without a girl on his arm.
Unpredictable, exasperating, undisciplined—all these things Bond may be, but one thing is certain . . . we’re lucky he’s on our side.
INTERNAL ONLY MEMO
[Source: James Bond "Moonraker" Annual, 1979. P.62-63]