Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

A seventeenth-century pub near Canterbury, England, that was a favorite watering hole of Bond author Ian Fleming, who lived nearby. It was featured in the book Moonraker and inspired Fleming to give James Bond his famous numerical designation. According to an item published in the London Daily Telegraph on September 18, 1991, Fleming always took the 007 bus to the pub. Hence Bond became agent 007.


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