We know that his name is Bond (…James Bond), and that he prefers his martinis shaken, not stirred, but it turns out that this International Man of Mystery isn’t such a mystery after all.
Ian Fleming wrote Bond an obituary for You Only Live Twice. From it, we learn that Bond’s parents were Andrew Bond, a Scottish man, and Monique Delacroix, a Swiss woman. Mr. Bond worked for a weapons company and traveled often with his family. Both parents died when Bond was 11. He lived with an aunt in England, studied at Eton and Fettes College in Edinburgh, graduated from high school at 17 and was recruited into the Royal Navy. “The world is not enough” is the Bond family motto. (Incidentally, Fleming also studied at Eton and was recruited into naval intelligence.)