Too often the Hero 007 is frowned upon just for being the "entry-level model" in Hero's hooded nib collection. To my mind it does not make a lot of sense, it's like saying a 1-series BMW car is rubbish because it's not as costly, as big, or as powerful as the 7-series, you really have to judge the 1-series for what it is.
Sure enough, the 007 cannot be expected to have the same material quality as the 100, and you certainly won't get the same engineering panache either. But then it is intended to be a different product geared towards a different clientele, who sees a pen as a tool and nothing - if anything - beyond that.
Here's the thing: even as a totally utilitarian tool it still needs to be designed well to have a functional form that is pleasant to the eye and usable. Unlike what they say, form does not follow function: form is an integral part of function. Some hot-shot stylist might make an inch-thick pen that looks great, but nobody except King Kong would want to use it!
Here are the vital statistics: weight: pen only 6.2g, with cap 11.8g. Length: pen only 123mm, capped 135mm, posted 145mm, maximum diameter 10mm; centre of mass: pen only 63mm from tip, posted 90mm.
You can see it is quite a light-weight and slim pen which would not be too much of a shock to BiC or Kilometrico users, and the barrel tapers gently to an end jewel. But you can also see that it is built to a tight budget: the end jewel is actually a metallized moulded plastic plug which is held in place by friction. Add a tiny dab of epoxy resin, then you won't have to worry about it. If you're totally bonkers, you could very well turn a metal plug on the lathe and put that in! For hair-splitters, this plug could have been made much shorter, so when it starts to get tatty, there won't be too much of it to get tatty.
Also obvious is the "aerometric" sheath which is made of thin aluminium, as used in the newer generation of affordable Hero pens. Functionally it is a little less positive than the steel version. However, some would prefer to remove it and squeeze the ink sac directly.
An interesting point is that the end of the barrel that screws into the main section is fitted with a metal ring, when screwed home it covers the clutch ring on the pen itself. When capped, the open end of the cap is positively stopped by it, the result looks rather nice and sophisticated. The construction of the cap is decent enough save for a certain roughness of the clip and end jewel, which features the Hero logo at the end flat. This is a little bit of a let-down when compared to the svelte look of the pen. Let's face it, for its modest price, you aren't going to get Montblanc fit and finish.
After loading it with blue Quink, it is obvious that it is meant to be a "gateway" pen: the steel nib does not allow for significant line thickness variation, but it glides across the paper surface with smoothness and yet good feedback. With its light weight and slim shape, I feel quite convinced that one who is used to ballpoints, rollerballs, or fibre-tip pens can adjust to it in mere moments; it could very well be a first pen either for a youngster, or someone who wants to give fountain pens a try. Certainly it might be one of the cheapest pens around, especially if you buy in retailer's packs, but it does its job exceedingly well. It does not matter the slightest whether the user sees it as a first pen, a springboard to something better, or as the one "user" that's going to go the distance; the fact is simple: it works, and works very well indeed for its intended purposes, and that is what matters really.
... and I did not mention James Bond even once!