U.S. Mission Logo Creates Ominous SPECTRE

Eric Scheiner | December 16, 2013 | 11:18am EST
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NROL-39 logo

The Office of National Intelligence is, apparently, channeling Ernst Stavro Blofeld from the James Bond series with a logo for a recent rocket mission.

The logo it created for a mission to launch a rocket carrying a National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) classified payload reminds me of the S.P.E.C.T.R.E. octopus logo from "Bond."

The NROL-39 logo features an octopus wrapping its tentacles across the globe with the slogan, “Nothing is beyond our reach.”

SPECTRE logo used in James Bond films.


Just the slogan you want to mark the rocket carrying the classified payload of the National Reconnaissance Office.

Of course, not so many people would have been aware of the logo if the Office of the Director of National Intelligence hadn’t tweeted photos about the launch in early December.

@ODNIgov twitter picture of NROL-39 Rocket

Karen Furgeson, a spokesperson for the NRO told Forbes, “NROL-39 is represented by the octopus, a versatile, adaptable, and highly intelligent creature. Emblematically, enemies of the United States can be reached no matter where they choose to hide.”


The @ODNIgov twitter account also tweeted about the history of the NRO, “Founded in 1961 the NRO is the agency in charge of designing, building, launching, and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites.”

Hmmm…one must wonder what the 'classified payload' in that rocket could be.

Blofeld's rocket and headquarters from 1967's "You Only Live Twice" (wikipedia commons)


In the world of James Bond, the Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion (SPECTRE) organization, run by Blofeld, chose the octopus as their symbol to represent them in their attempt for world domination.

I'm not saying that the NRO is a sinister organization that must be thwarted by Bond. But, I am suggesting they could probably have come up with a less ominous over-the-top logo for this mission.

Still, if the higher-ups involved with the NROL-39 launch receive an octopus ring and a Persian cat, I’m going to become very concerned.

H/T Forbes


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