Birthday of ornithologist James Bond [1900]

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

The man who gave his name to the world’s most famous secret agent was born on 4th January 1900 in Philadelphia.

Wanting something that was “as ordinary as possible”, Ian Fleming took the name of his hero from the author of a book he owned. It was A Field Guide to the Birds of the West Indies and was written by a certain James Bond.

Fleming actually contacted the ornithologist asking permission to use his name. Many years later the two men met at Goldeneye, Fleming’s home in Jamaica.

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