The name is Bonds, James Bonds

January 09, 1998


Staff Writer

He doesn't own a limited edition BMW motorcycle. Exotic but dangerous beauties don't fall at his feet. A typical day isn't spent in a cat-and-mouse game with spies.

But James Bonds, of Clear Spring, does get teased by co-workers at Hagerstown's Mack Trucks Inc., who call him "007."

Bonds, 53, may have an additional letter at the end of the famous last name, but that doesn't stop occasional crank callers from asking for the British Secret Service agent. Clerks at retail stores giggle when he pays by check or credit card.

And James Bonds, known as Jim to family and friends, gets a kick out of it.

"They'll just call and ask you if 007 is there or whatever and hang up," Bonds said. "It doesn't bother me at all."


In fact, when Bonds was living in Florida, his citizens band radio handle was 007.

Just last week, at a New Year's Eve celebration, his sister had the band play "Secret Agent Man" for his benefit.

"He enjoys the attention," said his wife, Linda.

Bonds has yet to see the 18th Bond film, "Tomorrow Never Dies," but plans to. The movie opened in theaters on Dec. 19 and raked in $62 million in less than two weeks.

Bonds has seen them all.

The South Hagerstown High School graduate was 18 when the first James Bond film, "Dr. No," hit theaters. He got a little teasing then, he said, but the jokes didn't really gather steam until a few films later.

"They may have mentioned it to me then, but not a whole lot," Bonds said. "When 'Goldfinger' and movies like that came out is when it started."

The Ian Fleming character and Jim Bonds do have some similarities.

Both have motorcycles, albeit Bonds' is a Yamaha Venture, not a BMW R1200. Both are well-traveled and adventurous - Bonds worked on the Alaska pipeline and inside the Arctic Circle, helped build Disney World and went to Sturgis, S.D., last year.

And both have a weak spot for beautiful women.

"I married one," Bonds said. "My wife of 31 years."

Sean Connery was the big screen's first 007, starring in the screen version of Ian Fleming's ''Dr. No."

With special-issue weapons from the British Secret Service, gorgeous women with silly names by his side and a never-ending supply of villains to conquer, the character of James Bond has become a cultural icon.

Connery carried the Bond movies through the 1960s, followed by one-time Bond man George Lazenby in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." Roger Moore took over the role in the 1970s.

Connery appeared once more in ''Never Say Never Again," in 1983 before Timothy Dalton became Bond for two movies.

Pierce Brosnan took over for "GoldenEye," the first Bond of the '90s, and the new film, which also stars Hong Kong action star Michelle Yeoh.

But Jim Bonds is an original.

"I had this name before he had it," Bonds joked. "I had this before the name became popular."

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