Agent Double Oh!
I know what you mean about saying oh instead of zero when giving out phone numbers. I bet phone numbers with two zeros together are more memorable when said as double oh because of the Bond connection. Similar in Poland - zero zero siedem zero zero seven. However it's probably because in our language Double-O Seven would sound strange It's been covered by many folks - my favorite version is by the California ska band Mento Buru. Thanks for reminding me.
A very popular song which, as you say, would have helped spread the O-O-Seven meme. All their codes numbers begin the the Or do you mean why did Fleming come up with when creating James Bond? According to Ian Fleming, British naval intelligence signals during WW2 were marked with the double-0 prefix.
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The code stuck with Fleming, who used it for Bond. For example, Elizabeth I's astrologer and spy John Dee is said to have signed his communications with a symbol that looks like 'OO7', ie the OO - the secret eyes of the queen - framed by a seven-like mark. But these seem implausible to me. Here in Brazil we are used to speak zero zero seven. Further, I think that last expression make the agent name be worldwide known, as every country can pronounce the numbers instead of letters according to their alphabets and languages.
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Thanks for your comment. That's a good point - 'double O seven is more like a name than a number, which probably makes it so memorable and spreadable in different cultures. Edward, I think she was saying just the very opposite, that saying "zero zero seven" was more spreadable in different languages, because every country has the word 'zero' in their language to refer to the number, but not the word 'O'. Saying 'Oh' to call the number zero is only used in English I think.
However, I think 'Double O seven' sounds a bit better than the rest of the names in English. In Spain they went to say 'Cero cero siete' Zero zero seven in almost every film, and I can only recall 'Doble cero siete' Double zero seven being used very few times in some of the oldest films. However, when referring to the '00' agents group, they say 'los doble cero' the double zeros.
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