Ian Flemming, a British author, was living in Jamaica and was a keen bird watcher. When searching for the name of a new fictional character for a book series about a British spy, he came across the American ornithologist James Bond. Bond wrote one of the major books about birds in the Caribbean called “Birds of the West indies”, which can still be ordered at Amazon.

Flemming contacted the real Bond and got permission to use his name for the fictional spy character. They even met once in Jamaica, and created a strong bond over a love of birds and writing.

As a tribute in the 2002 Bond film Die Another Day, the fictional Bond Pierce Brosnan, can be seen reading Birds of the West Indies in Havana, Cuba. The author’s name on the front cover is obscured. In the same film, he introduces himself while undercover as an ornithologist.

With material from: Wikipedia