In March The Confidentials published a "magic list of mystics and magicians" written by Moore. Below you can read what he wrote regarding Dr. John Dee.
Dr. John Dee (1527-1609): The first 007
This Elizabethan magus is, for my money, the most creative and influential practitioner of magic who has ever existed. A brilliant 16th century mathematician and astronomer/astrologer, adviser to Queen Elizabeth I, Dee (literally) wrote the book on navigation that helped to establish Britain’s famous sea power; coined the phrase “British Empire” and suggested its implementation, to Elizabeth, in the colonising of America.
- He provided the basis for most modern Western thought with simply the books that remained in his Mortlake library once the mob were done with it;
- Was the inspiration for Ben Jonson’s Alchemist, Marlowe’s Faust and Shakespeare’s Prospero;
- Served as a secret agent in Francis Walsingham’s prototypical British Intelligence under the code name/number 007;
- Greatly improved the design of Manchester while losing most of his family to the plague;
- Spent most of his later life in communication with entities that he diplomatically referred to as “angels”, and who had revealed the complex structure of their universe and their “Enochian” language to Dee and his sometime partner, Edward Kelly through the agency of a crystal ball or scrying mirror.
John Dee pretty much built the modern world that we exist in, and his Enochian magical system at least appears to work if approached according to his instructions. They don’t make magicians like that any more.