001 is James Bond's pet guinea pig. Although he's not seen very much in the films, he is very dangerous and very much prepared to die for his country.
Ian Fleming wrote a book all about 001, called Fur Ball. Over two thousand pages long, the book deals with 001's childhood, drinking binges and eventual entry into the secret service via an open window. 001 goes on to save the Free World from ruin by defeating Ernst Stavro Bloefeld's plan to destroy Wales with a nuclear missile. Just as Bloefeld is about to detonate the device, 001 runs around squeeking loudly and confusing the supervillain until he falls off his platform and drowns in his own plutonium.
Friends and acquaintances of Fleming claim that he was very drunk when he wrote the book, but eventually he sobered up and threw it in the fire. From that point on, he decided that the guinea pig thing just wasn't working, and instead made his spy be a stiffupperlipped man from England.
The 00 Numbers
- 002 A rocket powered vole.
- 003 A small labrador puppy that worked mostly in Czechoslovakia.
- 004 A kick boxing Shetland pony.
- 005 An otherwise unremarkable Colobus monkey.
- 006 An orang utang, code named "Stumpy," who died when he fell off a bridge outside Minsk. The inspiration for this character is purportedly Sean Bean.
Each 00 number represents a licence to do something nasty. In the case of 007, it's a licence to kill. For 006 and 005, it's a licence to hit something quite hard with a rubber hammer. 004, of course, has a licence to kick box. 003 has a licence to foul up carpets, while 002 and 001 have a licence to nip — which basically means that they can bite someone's ankle. 000 has a licence to burrow in earth, which suits him fine but is not very useful for getting rid of supervillains. Word has it that 008, if ever invented, will actually be a "prepostophuman," and can transform anything into a Subway 6" BMT Sandwich with its mind if deemed necessary.
001 and Bond
001's principal role in the Bond stories is one of support. Whenever Bond is feeling depressed and wondering why he even became a spy at all, 001 appears on the sidelines doing a cheerleader dance and waving a pair of small flags. He usually squeaks out the same song, called "We love you James":
- We love you James,
- and we feel your pain,
- But if you don't start blowing shit up ...
- ... and quickly ...
- Then it's off to the funny farm for you again.
Sometimes he looks to the camera with one eye and intones those famous words "The name's pig. Guinea ... pig", but they always edit that bit out.
001 has naturally had his fair share of leading ladies. The great majority are attracted to him like magnets. They really enjoy tickling him under his chin and going "ooooohhhh but he's so cuuuuuuute!" — which is something that really annoys him. Only Eva Green has claimed that 001 attracts her on an intellectual level, namely, her own. Ms. Green has stated publicly that 001's observations on art and philosophy have kept her warm and confused on many a long winter's evening. 001 used to have Eva's portrait hung up in his cage until Daniel Craig ripped it to pieces in a jealous rage.
Bond: Do you expect me to talk?
Goldfinger: No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!...
001: Squeeeeeeeeek squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!
Goldfinger: What was that?
Bond: Er, nothing. Nice laser you have here. Lovely colour ...
Goldfinger: Well, um, yes, thank you. I designed it myself, you know. From gold, actually. As per usual.
(at this point, the laser switches off and there is a soft thud as 001 falls from the mechanism)
Goldfinger: It's that damned guinea pig! Oddjob, come here!
Bond: Run 001, run!
Comedy trumpet: Wah wah wah waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!
Up until now, 001's film career has always been overshadowed by 007's. 001 has had to make do with bit parts and seedy walk-ons. After pestering Cubby Broccoli for years, however, the studios have finally relented to 001's demands and allowed him to star in a film of his own.
Provisionally titled Road Safety is Important, the film is aimed at younger children, simple adults and morons. 001 plays a guinea pig who has to cross a busy six lane motorway. After looking left, then right, then left again, and making sure the road is clear, he runs across it and is greeted on the other side by an adoring female who gives him an ice cream as a reward for being so careful. Meanwhile, Daniel Craig barrels across the same road with his gun drawn and gets hit by a speeding concrete mixer. 001 turns to the camera, winks and says, "So kids, who'd you rather be now, huh?"
The film is slated for release in early 2008, despite protests by children's groups, Chester the Cat, the Norwegian Mafia, the Green Cross Man and almost everyone else.