Bond. James Bond. To most of the world, that name conjures up images of a fictional British spy from the popular 007 film franchise. To some people, though, the “James Bond” in their lives was never a secret agent.
Not even close, FindMyPast.com revealed to Mashable. The family history website dug up 7,672 records of “James Bond” and discovered real-life James Bonds held an array of occupations.
Their jobs included orchid grower, photographer, pattern maker, clerk and labor foreman, among other gigs “far from the thrills of the handsome, fictional spy,” FindMyPast unearthed using U.S. Census records, UK passenger lists and other historical documents.
One in the early 1900s lived an aggressive life, landing in Irish court multiple times for various crimes — going so far as assaulting and beating a complainant. Another seemingly preferred a quieter life and, at one point, got annoyed after someone knocked on his door. That James Bond took the knocker to court.
In the 1920 U.S. Census, both “James Bond” and “Golde Finger” (a close spelling of 007 antagonist Goldfinger) make appearances. Meanwhile, “Q Branch” pops up in an outbound UK passenger list from 1927 as a chemist. Q Branch is a made-up British Secret Service division in the Bond novels.
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