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On This Day in 1964...

Bond meets fleming-DSCN9866 (2)On Feb. 5, 1964, ornithologist James Bond and his wife Mary dropped by Goldeneye, Ian Fleming's estate in Jamaica, for an unexpected visit.

Contrary to all the apocryphal stories out there:

A. Bond never gave Fleming advance permission to use his name.

B. Bond and Fleming never met at any other time or anywhere else.

The full account -- and much more -- is in my book. I relied in part on Mary Bond's hand-written notes, now in the Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Though seldom credited, Mary Bond took the photo above. It is the only known photo of the two men together.


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