Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Real James Bond

James Bond, ornithologist, 1900-1989
Here's a birding fun fact you may not know. The character of super-spy James Bond, who needs no introduction due to the decades-long series of extremely popular films, was named after an ornithologist. The real James Bond gave up a career in banking to become a curator at the Academy of Natural Sciences and an expert on Caribbean birds.

It's true. Ian Fleming, the novelist who created the character, was also an avid bird-watcher. Since Fleming lived in Jamaica, Bond's book Birds of the West Indies was probably consulted on numerous occasions.

Fleming chose the name because it sounded both ordinary and masculine, and asked James' Bond for permission to use it for his character. Bond was cool with that, and the rest, as they say, is history.

1 comment:

  1. I would find the real James Bond a much more interesting person to meet and talk with, but the various actors portraying the spy James Bond were cuter. Yay for Ian Fleming for liking birds! MOM