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Universal Exports Logo (2008)
Universal Exports insignia (Quantum of Solace)
Organization information
Name: Universal Exports /
Universal Export
Main members: "The Managing Director",
R. Sterling
Headquarters: London, England
Behind the scenes
First Appearance: Live and Let Die (Novel)
Dr. No (Film)
Last Appearance: You Only Live Twice (Novel)
Quantum of Solace (Film)

Universal Exports or Universal Export is a fictional import-export company which acts as a cover for the British Secret Service. It is often mentioned in Ian Fleming's novels and the official Eon film series.

Novel appearances

Universal Exports made its first appearance in the second Ian Fleming novel, Live and Let Die, under the name Universal Export. In the novel, "Universal Export" acts as one of the covers used by field agents.[1]

When the agent must make an urgent call to London on an insecure line they play the role of a company representative contacting their managing director. The operative then proceeds to report in, concealing his real message in corporate jargon.

In Moonraker it is also mentioned that the "Universal Export Co." is the cover for the Secret Service's offices in London. Along with other fictional businesses "Radio Tests Ltd.", "Delaney Bros. (1940) Ltd" and the "Omnium Corporation" they occupy the "big, grey building near Regents Park".[1][2]

By the time On Her Majesty's Secret Service takes place, it is noted that the "Universal Export" cover story is all but finished. After almost having his cover blown Bond muses, "As cover, solid cover, Universal was 'Brûlé' with the pros. It had been in use too long. All the secret services in the world had penetrated it by now. Obviously Blofeld knew all about it."[3]

In The Man with the Golden Gun it is revealed that the now defunct "Universal Export" cover has been officially replaced with a new one - "Transworld Consortium".[4]

Film appearances

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 (2012) Live and Let Die. Random House, p.108. 
  2. (2012) Moonraker. Random House, p.16. 
  3. (2012) On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Random House, p.191. 
  4. (2012) The Man with the Golden Gun. Random House, p.46. 


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