Bond. James Bond. Ornithologist.

Disclaimer: I have never watched a single James Bond movie in all my life, and I have no desire to do so.

Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond novels, wanted to give his hero a name that sounded “as ordinary as possible.” He was a avid birder living in Jamaica and was familiar with a bird guide called Birds of the West Indies, written by ornithologist James Bond and originally published in 1936.

So although the name James Bond will forever be associated with the famous international spy hero from the movies, bird lovers can proudly know that the original James Bond (January 4, 1900-February 14, 1989) was one of their own. “Bond won the Institute of Jamaica’s Musgrave Medal in 1952; the Brewster Medal of the American Ornithologists Union in 1954; and the Leidy Medal of the Academy of Natural Sciences in 1975.”

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