Have you ever wondered where Ian Fleming chose the name of his characters? Specifically, the origin of James Bond’s name. James Bond is perhaps one of the world’s most profitable and successful movie franchises in history. Just the mere mention of his name is instantly recognizable. Nearly everyone knows who he is and what he does. Simply put, he is a British secret agent with MI6 who is suave, rarely shaken and cool under pressure. But why specifically James Bond? Surely a much more dashing and debonair name could have been chosen for the title character.
Over the years there have been several theories to the origin of James Bond’s name. One of the strongest, most popular and favored of them was he got his name from a 15th century knight. To support this theory, in the books, 007 once said that he was possibly related to Sir Thomas Bond, a wealthy land owner. But this and all other theories were to be blown out of the water not long before Ian Fleming’s death.