Panel + Conversation

The Real James Bond: Ian Fleming, Ornithology and Conservation in the Caribbean

Presented in Partnership With


Bond, James Bond. Did you know that Ian Fleming “borrowed” the name of his super-spy from the cover of his favorite book about birds while living in the Caribbean? He would later write, “Whatever happened to him actually outshines anything I’ve had my James Bond do.”

Montclair Film and The Nature Conservancy invite you to a free webinar on Wednesday, March 31st at 1:00 PM about the larger-than-life and times of the world’s most fascinating ornithologist, James Bond. Jim Wright, TNC council member in New Jersey and author of The Real James Bond, will discuss how Bond’s landmark book, Birds of the West Indies, set in motion events that would link him to the most iconic spy in the Western world, and turn his life upside down in the process.

He will be joined by Marci Eggers, Deputy Director of the Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Program, for a look at how conservation is benefitting birds, people and other species on and around islands that served as the backdrop for Dr. No, Thunderball, Casino Royale and other Fleming films.