Going Once, Going Twice...

IMG_2252(1)This weekend is the big silent auction to benefit The Raptor Trust.

Here is the package I donated -- the result of my book about the ornithologist and author James Bond, whose name was stolen by Ian Fleming for his 007:

* A signed copy of my book The Real James Bond.
 
* A new Blu-Ray copy of Goldfinger.
 
* A signed Real James Bond coffee mug, uniquely inscribed,
 
* A  later edition of Birds of the West Indies (by James Bond).
 
* A first edition of How James Bond Got His Name by Mrs. James Bond.
 
* A new toy Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre.
 
You can read more about this weekend's events at The Raptor Trust -- a godsend for hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and other wild birds --  here:

You can view the James Bond/007 here:

https://www.32auctions.com/organizations/64130/auctions/125417/auction_items/3838467


Online Auction: The Bond Package

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This weekend is the big silent auction to benefit The Raptor Trust.

Here is the package I donated -- the result of my book about the ornithologist and author James Bond, whose name was stolen by Ian Fleming for his 007:

* A signed copy of my book The Real James Bond.
 
* A new Blu-Ray copy of Goldfinger.
 
* A signed Real James Bond coffee mug, uniquely inscribed,
 
* A  later edition of Birds of the West Indies (by James Bond).
 
* A first edition of How James Bond Got His Name by Mrs. James Bond.
 
* A new toy Corgi James Bond Aston Martin DB10 from Spectre.
 
You can read more about this weekend's events at The Raptor Trust -- a godsend for hawks, falcons, eagles, owls, and other wild birds --  here:
 
 

 

 


James Bond's Wife Was a Book Thief!

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The real James Bond's wife, Mary Wickham Bond, was not only on the board of the Free Library of Philadelphia, but she also stole a very valuable book from that very same library.*

Learn more about the amazing Mary and her equally amazing husband, at my free talk for the Ridgewood Public Library this Tuesday at 7 p.m.

You can register here:

https://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=456516&PK=

*We do not approve of what Mary did and ask that others not follow her example.

 

 


'Birds of the West Indies' in Action!

IMG_0462Charlie Quinn shared this terrific shot of the endemic Barbados Bullfinch getting ready to peruse James Bond's classic Birds of the West Indies. In Barbados. Thanks, Charlie!

You can read more about this smart bird here:

https://www.bridportnews.co.uk/news/national/16087245.bright-birds-share-human-intelligence-trait/

I love what Bond wrote in the fifth edition: "remarkably tame in gardens of Barbados."

(I'll be giving away a free copy of this edition at my talk on Tuesday at the Ridgewood Public Library).

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The Amazing Mary Bond

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My biggest regret when writing The Real James Bond was not having room for a chapter on Mary Bond, who was a terrific writer in her right, the love of Bond's life, and the main reason I was able to write my book.

I'll be talking a bit about Mary for the first time during my talk for the Ridgewood Library next Tuesday, but I must caution you.

Some of her fiction involving a tall and handsome ornithologist was rated PG.

My talk on Jim (and Mary) Bond is next Tuesday (May 17) at 7 p.m.

Continue reading "The Amazing Mary Bond" »


My Big 'Real James Bond' Talk

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Just before the pandemic hit, I was all set to give a big talk about The Real James Bond for the Ridgewood Library  -- on April 3, 2020.

I am pleased to say that I will finally be giving that talk on Tuesday, May 17, at 7 p.m.

The talk is free and open to all, and it's only 775 days later. Not that I am counting.

The talk will be far different than the one I had planned. I have continued to learn about the real Bond, a renowned ornithologist, and about Ian Fleming, the man who stole his identity for his secret agent 007, and I've added some of that material, including some little-known and entertaining Bond-Fleming video clips.

As a bonus, I'll be giving away a miniature Aston-Martin DB5  a Real James Bond coffee mug, and a copy of the 1993 edition of Guide to the Birds of the West Indies, written by none other than the real James Bond.

As an additional bonus, I will give away a signed copy of The Real James Bond, and it'll be a copy signed by me in my best doctor's-prescription handwriting.

To be eligible for one of these prizes, all you have to do is pay attention during my lavishly illustrated talk. (If that's not asking too much.)

And, yes, copies of my book will be available for sale after the talk. I'd be more than happy to sign them with my top-secret stamp. I am told they make terrific Father's Day gifts for the entire family.

You can register here:

https://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=5615&EventID=456516&PK=

Did I mention it's free?


Bond's West Indies Bird Contributors

2019 Aubrecht image66(1)The Journal of Caribbean Ornithology just published a paper by Gerhard Aubrecht of Austria about James Bond and his bird contributors (literally and figuratively) in the West Indies.

It features extensive research into Bond and the birders he consulted for the book and dedicated the first and classic Birds of the West Indies to:

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An impressive bit of research. You can read it here:

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'Real James Bond' Useful Links

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Interested in learning more about the book? Here are some useful links, including a raft of great reviews.

You can read my article about the real Bond in The Smithsonian Magazine here.

My interview with BirdWatching Magazine is here.

The Real James Bond has gotten some marvelous reviews and praise, and I thought it might be helpful to link to as many of them as possible in one spot -- here:

Continue reading "'Real James Bond' Useful Links" »


My Favorite 'Mrs. James Bond' Book

IMG_1724The more I find out about Mary Wickham Bond -- writer and James Bond's wife and self-appointed publicist -- the more I admire her and her writings.

In researching my book,  Mary Bond's How 007 Got His Name, To James Bond With Love, and Far Afield in the Caribbean were indispensable (ditto David Contosta's The Private Life of James Bond.)

All four are part of my permanent Bond collection.

Since then I have added Mary Bond's two novels and a book of poetry, White Swallow.

This past summer I received the most exotic Mary Bond book of all -- a tiny French edition of How 007 Got His Name. Pretty cool cover, eh?

The back cover is the reproduced image of the inscription that Ian Fleming wrote in the copy of You Only Live Twice.

My dream is to someday own a French edition of The Real James Bond as well.

A fellow can dream, can't he?

(Although a French website did write about the real James Bond and my book -- not a bad consolation prize. You can read the article here, preferably if you speak French:)

https://theconversation.com/connaissez-vous-le-vrai-james-bond-169664