James Bond Is From Philadelphia

James Bond—the British secret known as 007—is one of the most infamous fictional characters ever. Created by Ian Flemming, Bond has been the protagonist of scores of books and films, including the forthcoming Skyfall. As it turns out, Flemming’s inspiration for 007’s name came from a bird expert from Philly. James Bond, born in 1900, was an ornithologist at the Academy of Natural Sciences. According to Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, Fleming was scanning his study looking for inspiration for his character’s name when he saw Birds of the West Indies, written by Bond and a legend was born. Though, he still orders a weak martini in a snooty way. [Philly.com]

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