Talk:James Bond (ornithologist)

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Daniel Craig related to James Bond[edit]

On Facebook of all places I read that Daniel Craig is a relative of James Bond. Anyone know that to be true or false? If true, I think it should be trivia here...

The name story[edit]

I read somewhere that in return for using his name, Fleming gave Bond permission to use his name. He even wrote to Bond's wife: "I hope your husband finds a very ugly and repulsive bird he wants to name Ian Fleming." But Bond never had the chance to do that. Is this true? JIP | Talk 16:16, 24 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Not to my knowledge, but then again I don't know much beyond whats written about this already (see James Bond also). I'll look into it. The quote you wrote though sounds a lot like Fleming, I wouldn't be surprised if theres truth to it. K1Bond007 21:27, Apr 24, 2005 (UTC)
Yes, I guess its true. I've seen two websites now claim this (one ABCnews). Apparently James Bond (the ornithologist) "didn't know about his fictional namesake until the early 1960s when he read an interview in which Fleming explained the origin of his character's name."
In 1961, Bond's wife, Mary, wrote Fleming with a tongue-in-cheek threat to sue him for defamation. Fleming replied, "I most confess that your husband has every reason to sue me. In return, I can only offer your James Bond unlimited use of the name Ian Fleming for any purpose he may think fit."" K1Bond007 21:39, Apr 24, 2005 (UTC)
I've heard the first version from my father, also a birder, who knew this James Bond. BD2412 T 05:46, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

Future reference[edit]

I just wanted to write here for future reference that many websites state that James Bond (sometimes referred to as Jim Bond), the ornithologist, is really named "Terence James Bond". This is not true. There is a Terrence James Bond and yes he happens to be an ornithologist, but he is someone else entirely. K1Bond007 21:47, Apr 24, 2005 (UTC)

Book Title[edit]

I know this has been changed before (I wasn't involved in the original title of the book, either). The correct title of Bond's famous book is Birds of the West Indies. It is further subtitled: "A Field Guide to All the Birds of the Caribbean Islands". I have made the change, and am planning on creating an article on the book itself.

I don't think so. Amazon lists it as "A Field Guide to the Birds of the West Indies" as do many other websites. It might say "Birds of the West Indies" on the front cover, but on the back it's called "A Field Guide to the Birds of the West Indies." I believe that to be the proper title. There are a number of other books titled "Birds of the West Indies" - are you sure? Amazon, British ver K1Bond007 02:41, August 27, 2005 (UTC)
My copy (Second Edition) states "Birds of the West Indies". The complete series on the back lists the other books as "A Field Guide to...", but not for this particular book. Nowhere in the book does it call it "A Field Guide to Birds of the West Indies". I think the first edition's version (which, presumably would be what Bond himself called it) would be the official version. The current version is by Peterson, the older version is not. I am assuming Peterson retitled it to fit with the others.Rt66lt 01:24, 2 October 2005 (UTC)

Bond photo[edit]

The Los Angeles Times carried an obituary of James Bond, complete with photo. My copy went astray some time back, but it should be available via library microfilm. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 205.175.225.5 (talkcontribs) .

Bond was once denied access onto an aircraft when he showed his passport to the staff, bearing his name. It took quite a bit of explaining.

- This is amusing, but I highly doubt it's true. There's no conceivable reason why security staff should deny entry to a passenger because he happens to share a name with a fictional character. A source would be needed for such a far-fetched claim. Palefire 21:47, 30 July 2006 (UTC)

Effects of fictional namesake?[edit]

Given that the real James Bond lived long enough to see his name become widely recognised through his fictional namesake especially after the film series had taken off, I wonder if suddenly having such a widely recognised name did have any significant effects on his life (such as the mentioned but unconfirmed case of passport confusion, or possibly being asked for autographs if people discovered his name), and especially on his book sales, in particular the sales of Birds of the West Indies. If anybody has read anything about this, I would simply be curious to know. --Florian Blaschke (talk) 23:18, 19 September 2013 (UTC)