Hugo Drax

Posted on December 4, 2012

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Hugo DraxThe surname of “Moonraker” villain Drax probably has two origins. One is the British Admiral with the quadruple-barrelled name: Sir Reginald Plunkett-Ernie-Erle-Drax. Bond author Ian Fleming went to school with him. His many names (including first names Reginald Aylmer Ranfurly) and titles have allegedly inspired characters in PG Wodehouse novels. In real life Sir Reginald Drax was considered an intellectual with controversial views at the time (according to a 1994 master’s thesis of Wilfred Laurier University). He died in 1967 at the age of 87.
The other one is simply a Great House on the north coast of Jamaica, named ”Drax Hall”.

The first name of ”Hugo”? Well that one isn’t really known but a guess is that it might stem from the french author Victor Hugo (Les Miserables).

Source reference: ”James Bond: The Man and his world”, by Henry Chancellor

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