So I was recently watching Skyfall and I started thinking about the many actors who have portrayed James Bond/007, and I was thinking: what if James Bond isn’t a single person…
But an alias?
What if the name of James Bond has become synonymous with the title of 007? We have seen that the title of M and Q are transferable, why not Bond? What if when the agent holding the title of 007 either retires or is KIA/MIA, their successor who becomes the new 007 takes on the name of Bond as part of their new identity. That would ensure that whatever enemies they made would never be able to track them. They would come up with several people, not knowing who the real James Bond is.
Theory in summary: James Bond is immortal, it’s legacy perpetuated by each 007 agent.