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October 2023

The Real James Bond's Licenses to Kill

Bond collection permits IMG_0378Today (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. The Free Library is a terrific place.

You should take a free tour of the Rare Book Department next time you are in town.

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