Ian Fleming Would Have Loved......

JoshuaJoshua Posts: 1,020MI6 Agent

I sometimes hear or see people in the media and think to myself that their names would have fitted straight into an Ian Fleming Bond novel.

Two names I can think of straight away are Elon Musk (IMO a great Fleming villain name) and Thangam Debbonaire (she is a British MP).

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  • caractacus pottscaractacus potts Orbital communicator, level 10Posts: 2,410MI6 Agent

    when your name is Debbonaire, thats gonna create some preconceptions you gotta to live up to. I'd legally change mine to something more like Slobbenski just to avoid all that trouble.

  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,524Chief of Staff

    Great idea for a thread! Can't come up with any names right now, but will try.

  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 4,041MI6 Agent

    Ub Iwerks, who worked on many early Disney cartoons, including Mickey Mouse, the name always made me think of a Bond villain for some unknown reason.

    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • SpectreBlofeldSpectreBlofeld AroundPosts: 364MI6 Agent

    US TV news anchor Wolf Blitzer has entered the chat.

  • HardyboyHardyboy Posts: 5,780Chief of Staff

    My father had a secretary named Bonnie Butt. You can take it from there. . .

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  • Napoleon PluralNapoleon Plural LondonPosts: 9,198MI6 Agent

    One American was named Randy Pratt and couldn't figure out why it got laughed at in England, probably apocrophyl but still.

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  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,524Chief of Staff

    A friend of mine was called Pratt, but took his wife's name when he got married. Good move.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 18,115MI6 Agent

    There is an author named Simon Stranger. There is also the family name d'Estrange.

    Very Bondian I think.

  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 2,002MI6 Agent

    I think there are a few BBC newsreader/reporters with good names;

    Lyse Doucet

    Kate Silverton

    Tanya Beckett

    Sara Blizzard (actually a weather presenter!)

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • The Domino EffectThe Domino Effect Posts: 3,203MI6 Agent

    I once met someone named Sunday Justice. Always thought that would be a great Bond name.

  • CoolHandBondCoolHandBond Mactan IslandPosts: 4,041MI6 Agent

    A customer of mine had the name Wayne Kerr. 100% true.

    Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 2,002MI6 Agent

    That is unfortunate. Very short sighted of his parents.

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • BarbelBarbel ScotlandPosts: 31,524Chief of Staff

    😁😁😁 Perhaps Bart Simpson should call Moe's bar looking for him.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 18,115MI6 Agent
    edited August 12

    I remember a girl who was starting at a school in Norway after living in a UN refugee camp in her native Cambodia. She was about nine years old and her name was very long and almost impossible to pronounce for Norwegians, som the school asked her parents to find a shortened version of her name. The non English-speaking parents suggested "Porn" 😱😱😱

  • Westward_DriftWestward_Drift Posts: 2,566MI6 Agent

    Not surprising. Miss Universe 1988 was from Thailand. Her name was Porntip Nakhirunkanok.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 18,115MI6 Agent

    The school managed to talk the parents out of using that name, thankfully.

  • HardyboyHardyboy Posts: 5,780Chief of Staff

    I grew up in a U.S. military town in the '70s and '80s--as such, a lot of my classmates were Vietnamese (or half-Vietnamese) and some had names that really didn't sound right in English. A rather pretty girl was stuck with the name "Dung," and one poor guy had a name that rhymed with Draper but which means a man who commits the ultimate sexual crime. Not sure what Fleming would have thought of these. . .

    Vox clamantis in deserto
  • The Red KindThe Red Kind EnglandPosts: 2,002MI6 Agent

    Yes, names that are perfectly innocent sounding in their native language can sound like something else in another tongue. We had a Bangladeshi colleague who once worked with us called Ashit. I'm sure it's a perfectly normal name in Asia.

    "Any of the opposition around..?"
  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 18,115MI6 Agent
    edited August 12

    Lie and Moan are common Norwegian last names. Common first names are Roar for men and Gunn for women. 😁

    There are women named Gunn Moan, but ironically a Bond girl probably couldn't have that name today.

  • Number24Number24 NorwayPosts: 18,115MI6 Agent

    Bent is a common first name for men here. I'm sure there are people named Bent Lie out there. A fine, but obvious name for a villan!

  • JoshuaJoshua Posts: 1,020MI6 Agent

    This thread appears to have taken off a bit!

  • RevelatorRevelator Posts: 295MI6 Agent

    And how can we forget Tokyo Sexwhale? This was actually the nickname and misspelled last name of South African politician Mosima Gabriel Sexwale.

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