About this Event
The 25th James Bond film is finally being released. To celebrate, we are delighted to bring back the expert on the real James Bond – Wright, Jim Wright.
Philadelphia native, writer, birder and real James Bond expert Jim Wright will take us through the fascinating life of 007’s namesake. Was the Academy’s one-time curator of ornithology a humble bird watcher or perhaps an international man of mystery himself? Join us in person as Jim takes us on a journey through Bond’s life, with updated discoveries and newly named bird species since the initial release of The Real James Bond in early 2020.
Following the 30-minute presentation we will open the floor to questions from the live and virtual audiences. For those joining us in person, there will also be a variety of rare and unique Bond-themed specimens and artifacts on display. Copies of Jim Wright’s book The Real James Bond will be available for purchase at the event (cash only, please). A book signing will take place after the presentation.
Please note masks are required and seats are limited so we can maintain social distancing during the talk. For those who cannot join in person, we will also be live streaming the presentation via Zoom.
About James Bond:
From the publisher: “Whatever happened to him actually outshines anything I’ve had my James Bond do.” —Ian Fleming
James Bond: author, ornithologist, marksman and . . . identity-theft victim? When James Bond published his landmark book, Birds of the West Indies, he had no idea it would set in motion events that would link him to the most iconic spy in the Western world and turn his life upside down.
Born into a wealthy family but cut off in his early 20s, James Bond took off to the West Indies in search of adventure. Armed with arsenic and a shotgun, he took months-long excursions to the Caribbean to collect material for his iconic book, Birds of the West Indies, navigating snake-infested swamps, sleeping in hammocks and island-hopping on tramp steamers and primitive boats.
Packed with archival photos, many never before published, and interviews with Bond’s family and colleagues, here is the real story of the pipe-smoking, ruthless ornithologist who introduced the world to the exotic birds of the West Indies.
About the Author:
Jim Wright is an author, blogger and longtime birding columnist for The Bergen Record in northern New Jersey. A prize-winning writer, Wright is the author of The Nature of the Meadowlands, Jungle of the Maya and Hawk Mountain. Born in Philadelphia, he is a lifelong Phillies and Eagles fan. Wright is a marsh warden at the Celery Farm Natural Area in Allendale, New Jersey, where he lives with his wife, Patty. In his spare time, he spies on birds. Read his blog at realjamesbond.net.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, United States