Obituary, Commander James Bond, C.M.G., R.N.

Commander James Bond, C.M.G., R.N.


A senior officer of the Ministry of Defence, Commander James Bond, C.M.G., R.N. is missing, believed killed, while on an offical mission in Turkey.

Commander Bond saw active service abroad in numerous theatres of conflict. Despite unconfirmed and unsubstantiated reports in the foreign press of his often controversial means of mission handling, little is actually known about Bond’s personal life.

An unofficial source at MI6 described Commander Bond as a classic cold-war warrior, his brief entry in Who’s Who is a testament to his discretion. In it he named his career only as being in the “HM Diplomatic Service.” Described by the head of MI6 as “An exemplar of British fortitude”, Commander Bond’s legacy remains a remarkable inspiration to those serving the country.

James Bond was born of a Scottish father, Andrew Bond of Glencoe, and Swiss mother, Monique Delacroix, from the Canton de Vaud. His early education, from which he inherited a first-class command of French and German, was entirely abroad. A climbing accident in the Aiguilles Rouges above Chaumonix, left the eleven year old Bond bereft of both parents. Jame Bond came under the guardianship of his aunt, since deceased, Miss Charmian Bond, whom he then lived with near Canterbury in Kent.

At the age of twelve, the young James Bond passed his entry exams into Eton, transferring after only two terms to Fettes – his father’s old school, where he excelled at boxing and Judo. Following active service in the Royal Navy, aboard the United Kingdom’s last operation aircraft carrier the Ark Royal and the HMS Invincible, Bond distinguished himself with the SBS in Iraq and Afghanistan before entering the SIS.

A colleague of James Bond writes: I was happy and proud to serve Commander Bond in a close capacity during the past three years at the Ministry of Defence. If our fears for him are justified, may I suggest these simple words for his epitaph? Many of the junior staff here feel they represent his philosophy: ‘I shall not waste any days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.’ Commander Bond was unmarried at the time of his death.

James Bond born 2nd March 1968 died October 20th 2012.