Today I watched Skyfall, the latest installment in the James Bond franchise. Whilst I have never been a huge Bond fan, I must admit it was a fantastic film, and got me thinking about the history of Bond. Bond was created by Ian Fleming in 1953, and is based on Fleming's experience during his time in the Naval Intelligence Division during World War II.
The NID was established in 1882, originally responsible for fleet mobilization, war plans and foreign intelligence collection. However in 1900 another division was added; dealing with strategy and defence during war. Two years later the NID grew again, to take control of trade, port and coastal defence. Since then the NID has played a huge role in British history, taking some of the responsibility for Britain's success in both WWI and WWII. Members of the 30th Assault Unit in WWII, which Fleming belonged to, are inspirations for the creation of 007 spy, Bond.
So I guess in a way we have the NID and Fleming's work during WWII to thank for the birth of James Bond.