Name Origins: James Bond

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Author Ian Fleming took the name for his 007 character from American ornithologist James Bond, a Caribbean bird expert and author of the definitive field guide Birds of the West Indies.  Fleming, an avid birdwatcher, had a copy of Bond’s guide and he later explained to the ornithologist’s wife that “It struck me that this brief, unromantic, Anglo-Saxon and yet very masculine name was just what I needed, and so a second James Bond was born”. He further explained that:

“When I wrote the first one in 1953, I wanted Bond to be an extremely dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened; I wanted him to be a blunt instrument…when I was casting around for a name for my protagonist I thought by God, (James Bond) is the dullest name I ever heard. (The New Yorker, 21 April 1962)  (wiki)