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The Real James Bond: A True Story of Identity Theft, Avian Intrigue, and Ian Fleming

The Real James Bond: A True Story of Identity Theft, Avian Intrigue, and Ian Fleming

Jim Wright

Available February 2020

$24.99

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Whatever happened to him actually outshines anything I’ve had my James Bond do. —Ian Fleming

James Bond: author, ornithologist, marksman, and . . . identity-theft victim? When James Bond published his landmark book, Birds of the West Indies, he had no idea it would set in motion events that would link him to the most iconic spy in the Western world and turn his life upside down.

Born into a wealthy family but cut off in his early twenties, James Bond took off to the West Indies in search of adventure. Armed with arsenic and a shotgun, he took months-long excursions to the Caribbean to collect material for his iconic book, Birds of the West Indies, navigating snake-infested swamps, sleeping in hammocks, and island-hopping on tramp steamers and primitive boats.

Packed with archival photos, many never before published, and interviews with Bond’s family and colleagues, here is the real story of the pipe-smoking, ruthless ornithologist who introduced the world to the exotic birds of the West Indies.

Size: 6″ x 9″ | 108 color and b/w images | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764359026 | Binding: hard cover

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Jim Wright is an author, blogger, and longtime birding columnist for The [Bergen] Record in northern New Jersey. A prize-winning writer, his books include The Nature of the Meadowlands, Jungle of the Maya, and Hawk Mountain. Born in Philadelphia, he is a lifelong Phillies and Eagles fan. Wright is a marsh warden at the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife, Patty. In his spare time, he spies on birds. Follow his adventures on Twitter @1realjamesbond, and read his blog at realjamesbond.net.