If The Real James Bond does nothing more than convince readers that an ornithologist can be something other than proper, stodgy, or dull, it will have done a great service.
This fast-paced, fun book puts the lie to the Miss Jane Hathaway stereotype, painting a portrait of a man who more than lived up to his role as reluctant namesake to the world's favorite secret agent.
As a bonus, there's a rogue's gallery of ornithologists who contributed to covert operations throughout recent history.
As an ornithologist, I feel much cooler now."
-- Julie Zickefoose, author/artist, The Bluebird Effect
Wonderfully researched, full of surprises, and written with zip and panache.
-- Matthew Parker, author of Goldeneye
A refreshingly authentic and engagingly written look at the ornithologist behind the iconic name.
-- Pete Dunne, bird watcher, author, and retired
director of the Cape May Bird Observatory
Bond. James Bond. Here is the intriguing back story of three heroes.
One was a charming museum ornithologist, one a flamboyant ex-naval intelligence officer turned best-selling author, and the third, of course, our suave MI6 agent who saves the world over and over again.
But this good read is neither fiction nor fantasy. Rather Jim Wright has penned a fine biography that meshes three fortuitously intertwined worlds."
-- Frank Gill, co-founder of eBird and author of Ornithology