The name’s Bond...John Bond And he spied for Bri­tain too

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Mark Black­lock

THE dis­cov­ery of a di­ary writ­ten more than 400 years ago sug­gests that a noble­man in the ser­vice of El­iz­a­beth I could have been the in­spi­ra­tion for 007.

Ad to prove that fact is of­ten stranger than fic­tion, his name was Bond.

Fans now flock­ing to see the lat­est 007 film Quan­tum Of So­lace might like to know that this 16th cen­tury Bond – first name John – was also a dab hand at cloak-anddag­ger work.

The an­cient jour­nal was found re­cently at the noble­man’s an­ces­tral seat. It records his stir­ring ad­ven­tures work­ing for Good Queen Bess.

It may just be chance that James Bond’s cre­ator Ian Flem­ing went to a prep school on a neigh­bour­ing es­tate.

But it has to be more than co­in­ci­dence that the real-life Bond fam­ily motto Non Suf­ficit Or­bis – The World Is Not Enough – is the same as that used by the fic­tional 007, and was the ti­tle of the 19th Bond movie.

The di­ary was dis­cov­ered by land owner William Bond, whose fam­ily have lived for gen­er­a­tions at Holme Pri­ory in Lang­ton Ma­travers vil­lage, near Swan­age, Dorset.

Flem­ing was born in Lon­don but was sent by his par­ents to the now-closed Durn­ford House school, next to the pri­ory.

Though he could not have seen the di­ary, Flem­ing would have learned about the Bonds next door – and per­haps even have heard about their motto.

The jour­nal was writ­ten by De­nis Bond in the late 1500s and tells of how his fa­ther John re­ally did work in Her Majesty’s Se­cret Ser­vice – as­sist­ing Sir Fran­cis Drake on many dar­ing es­capades.

An en­try in the di­ary from 1573 demon­strates John Bond’s ruth­less­ness with a story of his es­cape from the St Bartholome­w’s Day mas­sacre a year ear­lier in France by tak­ing a woman and her chil­dren hostage, threat­en­ing to kill them.

Non Suf­ficit Or­bis was King Philip of Spain’s motto – and the Bond fam­ily be­lieve that their an­ces­tor cheek­ily adopted it to cock a snook at Eng­land’s arch en­emy.

It was the kind of wry hu­mour for which Flem­ing’s char­ac­ter was to be­come fa­mous.

Dorset his­to­rian and au­thor Rod­ney Legg said Flem­ing once ad­mit­ted that ev­ery­thing he wrote had “a prece­dent in truth”.

He said: “I think it is true of the Bond motto.”

STIR­RING: 007 au­thor Flem­ing’s old prep school next to the an­cient Bond es­tate. Left, the fam­ily crest

Pic­ture: BNPS

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