James Bond

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The fictional character was named after the ornithologist James Bond (Ian Fleming was an avid birdwatcher)

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James Bond

  1. A fictional British spy in the novels of Ian Fleming and the motion pictures based on these novels, famous for his suavity, ingenuity, ruthlessness and supply of gadgets.
    • 2003 August 4, The New Yorker:
      He understood the threat. But the capability of the C.I.A.’s Directorate of Operations was far less than advertised. The Directorate of Operations would like people to think it’s a great James Bond operation, but for years it essentially assigned officers undercover as diplomats to attend cocktail parties.


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James Bond (plural James Bonds)

  1. a secret agent of similar ability to the fictional James Bond