|James Bond, ornithologist, 1900-1989|
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.