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May 2020

Talkin' Bond, Fleming, WWII Spies and More

Warriors for Peace logoLast week, I did a radio show called "Warriors for Peace," discussing the real James Bond, Ian Fleming, Mary Bond, the West Indies, and the ornithologists who served as spies during World War II.

To hear my interview with host Donna Seebo, click here, scroll all the way to near the bottom. My discussion of spies begins about 22 minutes in.

Click the check-box to the right of "#2484-2 May 6 2020 Wed-Jim Wright-Warriors for Peace" (do not highlight the program text otherwise an error message will pop up.)

 Scroll down to bottom of the program-listing column after making your selection and click on streaming link Play selected files’.

Program will start right up in your default media player.

"James Bond, G.I. Joe, Monsters and Star Wars"

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I came across a most interesting review of "The Real James Bond" on the web over the weekend.

I had always thought the book would especially appeal to birders, Bonders, book collectors and a combination of the three, but Bryce McClain's Collectors' Corner saw another audience -- the folks fascinated with "Star Wars" and "G.I. Joe" and other memorabilia.

Here's what he wrote (in part):

Continue reading ""James Bond, G.I. Joe, Monsters and Star Wars" " »

A Podcast Tonight

Warriors for Peace logoI did a podcast for "Warriors for Peace" to talk about my new book and the role that ornithologists played as spies for the Allies during World War II.

The podcast airs at  7 p.m. tonight Pacific Coast Time (10 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, I think.)

The link is here.

I will post a link on where to stream the podcast after the show airs online.

My Latest Book Interview

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The interview I did with talk-show host Phillip Silverstone is now available as a YouTube video and podcast. I discuss the upcoming Cape May Spring Birding Festival, my book, Bond and Fleming, and lots more.


TuneIn Radio (podcast):   (or listen on the free Tunein Radio app and search: Phillip Silverstone).

Website:  Contains all the info and photos plus another way to listen to the podcast.

(Thanks, Phillip!)

A Video about My Cape May Spring Festival Talk

With the help of the incomparable Cosmo Weems, I put together a video preview of my virtual keynote talk at the Cape May Spring Festival in late May.

The working title: "James Bond, Rare Birds, and a Nest of Spies.'

I don't talk about ornithologists/spies in the video, but I will discuss them in the talk itself, I promise.

You can read more about the festival here.

You can read The Wall Street Journal Review of my book here.


An Interview with

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Artistic License Renewed ( has  a new post that features the interview they did with me about "The Real James Bond."

Lots of excellent photos and great info, including a quote from Mary Wickham Bond about the friendship between her husband and Ian Fleming. 

You can read it here.