This is where we post Spymaster development updates & other random notes that come to mind. 

James Bond: From 17F To 007


No, it's not Bond's regular first-class airliner seat. 

In August 1939 the James Bond creator Ian Fleming joined the Naval Intelligence of the Royal Navy. Holding the rank of Commander, he worked in close co-operation with several secret wartime organizations such as the SOE. And yes, his codename was "17F".

Just like Christopher Lee , Fleming kept himself very busy through World War 2.

Ian Fleming, getting into the role

In 1941 Fleming was put in charge of a strangely familiar-sounding Operation Golden Eye - a plan to maintain an intelligence network in Spain in the event of a German takeover. He must have liked the name because after the war he actually named his Jamaican villa Goldeneye, not to mention all the gold themes in Bond books.

In 1942 Fleming formed and directed an SOE-trained commando unit known as 30AU which was specialised in seizing documents from destroyed enemy headquarters. This was no small deal, as with the unit's success its strength grew from 30 to 150 men.

Based on 30AU's success, in 1944 the "T-Force" was established. It was responsible for securing targets of interest which included enemy nuclear laboratories, gas research centres and even individual rocket scientists. Fleming sat on the committee that selected the targets for the T-Force, and later used these experiences as material for his Bond novel Moonraker.

It's easy to see how Fleming's career in the secret branches gave him a vast amount of source material for creating one of the world's most famous fictional characters. And now we can use his real-world story as a bit of inspiration for Spymaster. :)

 - Lasse