Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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James Bond is from Philly!

Before he was a British spy hero, he was a born-and-bred Philadelphian ornithologist -- and his book inspired 007 creator Ian Fleming to "borrow" his name.

James Bond is from Philly!

“Bond, James Bond.” Ornithologist. Philadelphian. Bird man at the Academy of Natural Sciences. And the inspiration for author Ian Fleming, when he was looking for a name to give his British spy hero – Agent 007 of Her Majesty’s Secret Service – for the first book  in his series, 1953’s casino Royale.

According to Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, the excellent EPIX documentary, Fleming was busy writing from his roost in Goldeneye, his house in Jamaica, when he scanned his study and saw a copy of Birds of the West Indies on the desk. The author’s name? James Bond. Simple as that.

The rest is history. Dr. James Bond was born in 1900 and died in 1989 -- he’s buried at the Church of the Messiah in Gwynedd Valley.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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