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The Original 007

John Dee (1527 -1609) was an astronomer and astrologist, mathematician and magician, and he communicated with angels. He also is credited with helping to create the British intelligence service and he signed his secret letters to Queen Elizabeth “007.”

The two circles represented eyes and the number 7 was Dee’s lucky number. In the 20th century, author Ian Fleming reportedly read about John Dee and chose the same secret number for James Bond.

When I’m not writing about history, I’m often reading about it, and Smithsonian Magazine has long been a favorite source of history articles. There’s much more to John Dee than his secret letters. You can read more here:


bob silbernagel

bob silbernagel

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