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Feb 11, 2012

007 and the Red-billed Streamertail

Photo by Dick Daniels
MRed-billed StreamertailM
Trochilus polytmus 

Ian Fleming, in his 1960 James Bond book, For Your Eyes Only, writes in the very first sentence of the book: "The most beautiful bird in Jamaica, and some say the most beautiful bird in the world, is the streamer-tail or doctor humming-bird".   The movie, of the same name and starring Roger Moore, was released in 1981.   The Red-billed Streamertail is indigenous to Jamaica and shares the island nation with the Black-billed Streamertail (Trochilus scitulus).   My younger daughter, Auralee, sent me the short film clip, below, of author Ian Fleming during an interview in which he explains how he stole the name James Bond for his master spy, many years ago in Jamaica.   Click on the link below...

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