Robb Report's 21 Ultimate Gifts: 007th Heaven

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  • Sheila J. Gibson

When writing Casino Royale in the early 1950s, Ian Fleming needed a name for his soon-to-be-famous fictional secret agent. He looked no further than the coffee table of his home in Jamaica, where he found inspiration in a copy of Birds of the West Indies by American ornithologist James Bond. It was not until 1964 that the two authors met in person, when Fleming received the real James Bond at the Jamaican home where 007 was born. Fleming gave Bond a prepublication copy of You Only Live Twice as a memento of his visit, signing it: “To the real James Bond from the thief of his identity, Ian Fleming. Feb. 5, 1964 (a great day!).” It was the only book ever inscribed for the real-life Bond by Fleming, who died several months after the meeting.

Biblioctopus, a Beverly Hills, Calif., book dealer specializing in first editions of classic fiction, is offering this exceedingly rare book to a Robb Report reader. The gift will include a copy of How 007 Got His Name, a book that the ornithologist’s wife, Mary Wickham Bond, wrote about her husband’s meeting with Fleming. 

Price: $75,000.
Contact: Biblioctopus; 310.271.2173; www.biblioctopus.com

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