British actor Daniel Craig and French actress Lea Seydoux pose for photographers before a press conference for the movie “Spectre” in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 10,2015 The film, the latest in the James Bond franchise, opens in China on Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)ASSOCIATED PRESS

James Bond was born on this day in 1900 — just not that James Bond. In 1953, in the midst of writing the first 007 novel, Casino Royale, author Ian Fleming picked up a copy of Birds of the West Indies, written by a renowned scientist named James Bond. And Fleming decided that James Bond would be the perfect name for an English spy: “brief, unromantic, Anglo-Saxon and yet very masculine,” as he explained in a letter to Bond’s wife, Mary Fanning Wickham Bond, several years after the fact. “And so a second James Bond was born.”

“In return, I can only offer you or James Bond unlimited use of the name Ian Fleming for any purposes you may think fit,” Fleming added. “Perhaps one day your husband will discover a particularly horrible species of bird which he would like to christen in an insulting fashion by calling it Ian Fleming.” There’s no record that Bond ever took Fleming up on that generous offer.

But the real James Bond led almost as adventurous a life as his fictional namesake, starting with an expedition to the Amazon with the Academy of Natural Sciences in 1925, and visited more than 100 Caribbean islands cataloging bird species and describing their habits and behavior. He collected specimens of 294 of the 300 known bird species in the Caribbean, leaving history to ponder the question of which Pokemon Go team he would have chosen. Bond never averted a nuclear war or thwarted a supervillain — that we know of — but he did prove that the bird species that now populate the islands of the Caribbean originally came from North America, not South America. He remains famous for that in academic circles, though the rest of the world knows his name for very different reasons.

The ornithologist Bond did eventually meet the writer who made his name a household word; Bond and his wife met Fleming at his home in Jamaica in 1964, where Fleming gave them a first British edition of his novel You Only Live Twice, signed “To the real James Bond from the thief of his identity.” In 2008, years after Bond’s death, the book sold at auction for $84,000, accompanied by a dust jacket from Birds of the West Indies.

And the producers of Die Another Day gave a couple of subtle nods to the man behind the iconic spy when 007 (Pierce Brosnan) flips through a copy of Birds of the West Indies, with the author’s name conveniently unreadable. Later in the movie, Bond introduces himself to NSA agent Jinx Johnson (Halle Berry) as an ornithologist.

The ornithologist James Bond died on February 17, 1989; the spy James Bond lives on.

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(******** )British star Daniel Craig and French starlet Lea Seydoux position for professional photographers prior to an interview for the motion picture “Spectre” in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 10,2015 The movie, the current in the James Bond franchise, opens in China on Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) ASSOCIATED PRESS

James Bond was born upon this day in 1900– simply not that James Bond. In 1953, in the middle of composing the very first 007 unique, Gambling Establishment Royale, author Ian Fleming got a copy of Birds of the West Indies, composed by a distinguished researcher called James Bond. And Fleming chose that James Bond would be the ideal name for an English spy: “quick, unromantic, Anglo-Saxon and yet extremely manly,” as he described in a letter to Bond’s partner, Mary Fanning Wickham Bond, numerous years after the reality. “Therefore a 2nd James Bond was born.”

” In return, I can just provide you or James Bond endless usage of the name Ian Fleming for any functions you might believe fit,” Fleming included. “Maybe one day your hubby will find an especially awful types of bird which he wish to christen in an insulting style by calling it Ian Fleming.” There’s no record that Bond ever took Fleming up on that generous deal.

However the genuine James Bond led nearly as daring a life as his imaginary name, beginning with an exploration to the Amazon with the Academy of Natural Sciences in 1925, and went to more than 100 Caribbean islands cataloging bird types and explaining their practices and habits. He gathered specimens of 294 of the 300 recognized bird types in the Caribbean, leaving history to contemplate the concern of which Pokemon Go group he would have picked. Bond never ever prevented a nuclear war or prevented a supervillain– that we understand of– however he did show that the bird types that now occupy the islands of the Caribbean initially originated from The United States and Canada, not South America. He stays popular for that in scholastic circles, though the remainder of the world understands his name for extremely various factors.

(************ )The ornithologist Bond did ultimately fulfill the author who made his name a home word; Bond and his partner fulfilled Fleming at his house in Jamaica in 1964, where Fleming provided a very first British edition of his book You Just Live Two Times, signed “To the genuine James Bond from the burglar of his identity.” In 2008, years after Bond’s death, the book cost auction for $84,000, accompanied by a dust coat from Birds of the West Indies.

And the manufacturers of Pass Away Another Day offered a number of subtle nods to the guy behind the renowned spy when 007 (Pierce Brosnan) scans a copy of Birds of the West Indies, with the author’s name easily unreadable. Later on in the motion picture, Bond presents himself to NSA representative Jinx Johnson (Halle Berry) as an ornithologist.

The ornithologist James Bond passed away on February 17, 1989; the spy James Bond resides on.

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British star Daniel Craig and French starlet Lea Seydoux position for professional photographers prior to an interview for the motion picture “Spectre” in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 10,2015 The movie, the current in the James Bond franchise, opens in China on Friday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) ASSOCIATED PRESS

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James Bond was born upon this day in 1900– simply not that James Bond. In 1953, in the middle of composing the very first 007 unique, Gambling Establishment Royale , author Ian Fleming got a copy of Birds of the West Indies , composed by a distinguished researcher called James Bond. And Fleming chose that James Bond would be the ideal name for an English spy: “quick, unromantic, Anglo-Saxon and yet extremely manly,” as he described in a letter to Bond’s partner , Mary Fanning Wickham Bond, numerous years after the reality. “Therefore a 2nd James Bond was born.”

“In return, I can just provide you or James Bond endless usage of the name Ian Fleming for any functions you might believe fit,” Fleming included. “Maybe one day your hubby will find an especially awful types of bird which he wish to christen in an insulting style by calling it Ian Fleming.” There’s no record that Bond ever took Fleming up on that generous deal.

However the genuine James Bond led nearly as daring a life as his imaginary name, beginning with an exploration to the Amazon with the Academy of Natural Sciences in 1925, and went to more than 100 Caribbean islands cataloging bird types and explaining their practices and habits. He gathered specimens of 294 of the 300 recognized bird types in the Caribbean, leaving history to contemplate the concern of which Pokemon Go group he would have picked. Bond never ever prevented a nuclear war or prevented a supervillain– that we understand of– however he did show that the bird types that now occupy the islands of the Caribbean initially originated from The United States and Canada, not South America. He stays popular for that in scholastic circles, though the remainder of the world understands his name for extremely various factors.

The ornithologist Bond did ultimately fulfill the author who made his name a home word; Bond and his partner fulfilled Fleming at his house in Jamaica in 1964, where Fleming provided a very first British edition of his book You Just Live Two Times , signed “To the genuine James Bond from the burglar of his identity.” In 2008, years after Bond’s death, the book cost auction for $ 84, 000 , accompanied by a dust coat from Birds of the West Indies.

And the manufacturers of Pass Away Another Day offered a number of subtle nods to the guy behind the renowned spy when 007 (Pierce Brosnan) scans a copy of Birds of the West Indies , with the author’s name easily unreadable. Later on in the motion picture, Bond presents himself to NSA representative Jinx Johnson (Halle Berry) as an ornithologist.

The ornithologist James Bond passed away on February 17, 1989; the spy James Bond resides on.

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