James Bond And The Bond Girls: Behind The Scenes Of The 007 Franchise

Bond Was Supposed To Be Boring

Bond Was Supposed To Be Boring

For the quintessential spy that he is, James Bond was not actually supposed to be as cunning and debonair as we all know him to be. Fleming told The New Yorker in 1962, “When I wrote the first one in 1953, I wanted Bond to be an extremely dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened; I wanted him to be a blunt instrument… when I was casting around for a name for my protagonist I thought by God, [James Bond] is the dullest name I ever heard.” The character was named after an American ornithologist who wrote Birds of the West Indies.