Now that the 25th 007 movie is officially coming out on Oct. 8, I am lining up several presentations on the real James Bond (1900-1989), the well-known Philadelphia ornithologist and author of Birds of the West Indies.
I am working on on-site presentations for the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Free Library of Philadelphia -- both will be available as Zoom talks.
During my research, I used the archives of both of these fine institutions and unearthed all sorts of rare images and documents pertaining to the ornithologist Bond.
My Oct. 8 presentation for the Free Library, for example, will feature rarely seen objects from the Free Library's archives of Bond and his wife, author Mary Wickham Bond. These include will include a photo of Bond (wielding a double-barreled shotgun), a toy Aston-Marton DB5 (complete with ejector seat) and the real Bond's 007 vodka bottle.
You can register for the Free Library Zoom talk here.
Will post more info about the Academy presentation when it becomes available.
Also have talks in the works for several N.J. groups and libraries, including Bergen County Audubon and the Ridgewood Library. Stay tuned.