Anniversary of the death of James Bond the ornithologist [1989]

The ornithologist James Bond in 1974. Photo by Jerry Freilich.

The man whose name was appropriated by Ian Fleming when he named his fictional spy died on 14th February 1989 in Philadelphia. He was 89.

The ornithologist’s book, A Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies, was first published in 1936 and for decades remained the authoritative text on the topic. Ian Fleming had a copy at Goldeneye, his holiday home in Jamaica, and was attracted by the ordinariness of the author’s name.

In 1964, months before Fleming’s death, Bond and his wife visited the author at Goldeneye.

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