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The Man with the Golden Gun
I looked James straight in the eye and said, "Tell me Mr. Bond, you didn't happen to be a roofer before you joined Her Majesty's Secret Service?"
His reply stunned me as my reference to 007 being a roofer was said just in jest.
"Indeed I was!" James replied.
"Seriously?" I asked. As I was a bit taken aback by his response.
"I was trained by my mentor Hardwick Shafferton, of Leeds. He ran Northern England's most professional Roofing Company, Shafferton Professional Roof Installers 1930 Ltd. It was something that I had always wanted to become, a Certified Roofing Contractor! The opportunity was presented to me and I accepted it post haste and the rest is history"
"So why did you leave Shafferton to become a...how shall I put this...a spy?" It was the only thing I could think of to ask at this point.
"Cedar G., I'm only going to say this once...I had no choice in the matter. You see the ability to climb around on steep pitch roofs, unafraid of falling and being able to carry out a job that so few people actually want to do was what got me noticed by MI 5. There it is end of story."
I was shocked by James's revelation to me, as in, who knew that MI 5 were targeting roofers to be recruited into the world of the Secret Service. I was gobsmacked by this story.
"Mr. Bond, I am so proud of you. Not only did you become one of the worlds best Secret Agents but you were also England's most notable and professional roofer. How can we ever thank you enough for your strength and dedication to the cause of keeping people safe and dry.?" I asked with a huge smile on my face.
Mr. Bond's reply was simple and straight forward. "You know Cedar Gee..." Followed by a slight pause. "If I had to do it all over again and if I was given a choice, I would have remained a Roof Installer forever. As that truly was the only thing I wanted to do...install roofs as a roofing professional."
All I could say was, "Yes James, I understand you completely. There truly is only one profession that rises to the top every day, that will go down in history forever as you, now referred to James Bond 007 the world's most famous Roofer!"