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Looking for a fun summer hobby? Author and 007 creator Ian Fleming was an avid bird watcher and relied on his Birds of the West Indies guide when indulging in the hobby at his estate in Jamaica.

Written by ornithologist James Bond in 1936, it was from this book that Fleming got inspiration for the name of his most famous character: Bond, James Bond.

Fleming wanted his fictional spy to have an ordinary and dull name that would act as a contrast to his extraordinary and daring adventures. This copy of the guide was briefly on display in the International Spy Museum’s exhibition Exquisitely Evil: 50 Years of Bond Villains, where you can learn more about Ian Fleming and the real people and events that inspired his riveting series.

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