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The Real James Bond's Licenses to Kill

Bond collection permits IMG_0378The 25th 007 movie No Time to Die has been moved back again, to next April, which makes one wonder if the name should be changed to No Time to Release.

Nonetheless, today (October 5) is Global James Bond Day, so dedicated because today is the anniversary of the first Bond movie's release in 1962.

In James Bond's honor, I present... the real James Bond's licenses to kill. 

The real Bond had far more of them than 007 since he needed to collect birds on so many Caribbean islands for so many years.

The Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia has quite a few in its archives, even if the rarest one -- signed by Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo -- never made it to their collection.

I did a ton of research in the Mary and James Bond archives while writing the book, and I was scheduled to do a talk at the Free Library last April and show some of the cool Bondiana in their archives,

Alas, the Coronavirus interceded. Maybe someday.

The Free Library is a terrific place, and a podcast featuring the real James Bond and a most unusual 007 for the library's Rare Book Department is in the works.



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