When I was researching The Real James Bond, noted Philadelphia author and historian David Contosta was an enormous help, from taking me around to places where the real Bond lived as a child to showing me Bond's grave at the Church of the Messiah in Lower Gwynedd, Pa.
(The photo above is of David at the graves of Mary and Jim Bond at the Church of the Messiah.)
David wrote a slender, wonderful biography of the real Bond more than 25 years ago, called The Private Life of James Bond. He was also a good friend of Mary Wickham Bond.
David shared photos and stories and pointed me to his own Bond archives at Chestnut Hill College -- a trove of Real James Bondiana.
David also helped solve the mystery of how Jim Bond's famous copy of You Only Live Twice, went from the Free Library of Philadelphia to an auction house.