The Name Is Bond, James Bond

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Bond: I admire your courage, Miss...
Sylvia: Trench. Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mister...

Bond: Bond. James Bond.

Many a character these days will introduce themselves James Bond style (Last Name, Full Name), e.g.

"Lockhart, Sally Lockhart"

Most often set up by another character asking something like, "I didn't catch your name, Mr./Ms...."

For extra humor, characters with limited language skills or from another culture may subsequently address our Ms. Lockhart as "Lockhart Sally Lockhart".

An element of the Tuxedo and Martini style. A subtrope of Catch Phrase.

Examples of The Name Is Bond, James Bond include:


  • There was a local commercial in Toronto about ten years ago for a garment store called "Tip Top Tailors". It featured a rather silly montage of a James Bond-type character saving a girl in a Thriller environment. At the end the man says, "Tailors. Tip Top Tailors".

Anime & Manga

  • In the first episode of Full Metal Panic!!, Sōsuke introduces himself to a hysterical runaway as "Sagara... Sōsuke Sagara," as he rescues her from the battlefield.
    • Of course, in Japanese, family names come first; Sōsuke's line in the Japanese dialogue is "Sagara... Sagara Sōsuke," which is more comparable to saying "James... James Bond," in English.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: "Joestar. Joseph Joestar."
  • Heroman features an example without a first name: "Minami, Doctor Minami."
  • In Escaflowne, Hitomi introduces herself to Allen with her first name first, then her name in Japanese order (so it comes out as "Hitomi, Kanzaki Hitomi" in Japanese). In the English dub, she introduces herself as "Hitomi, Hitomi Kanzaki". Allen does not make any mistakes with her name, despite the fact that Asturian name order follows the English pattern.
  • The title character of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha introduces herself to Vita as "Nanoha. Takamachi Nanoha." when Vita asks for her name (Vita promptly declares it as too hard to remember). In the Battle of Aces video game, Nanoha introduces herself in this manner again when she comes across a Dark Piece that took the shape of a Vita who had yet to meet her.
  • Ro-Kyu-Bu!: Token Loli Hinata does this, when the basketball club introduces themselves to Subaru. Although "Hinata. Hakamada Hinata" is more of James, Bond James though.
  • Medabots: When Karin introduced herself to Ikki, she introduced herself as "Karin, Karin Junlei".
  • In Clannad, Kyou does this when Tomoyo introduces Kotomi to her.

Comic Books

Films -- Animation

Films -- Live Action


Crow T Robot: Yeah, well I'm Bill Shtinkwater.


Cameron: (on the phone with the principal) And you just mind your P's and Q's, buster, and remember who you're dealing with.
Ferris: Bueller. Ferris Bueller.

  • XXX: "Gibbons. Augustus Gibbons."
  • Agent Cody Banks: "Banks. Cody Banks."
  • Walt Whittaker introduces himself this way to the Russian sailors in The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming, but they interrupt his introduction and subsequently refer to him as "Whittaker Walt".
  • The Matrix: Smith, Agent Smith. Considering that the names of other programs in The Matrix correspond to their functionality (Trainman, Keymaker, The Oracle etc.), Agent apparently is the first name.
  • Constantine: This is Constantine. John Constantine. %&*hole.
  • Sunset Blvd.. After Mr. Sheldrake calls her "Miss Kramer": "The name's Schaefer. Betty Schaefer. Right now I wish I could crawl in a hole and pull it in after me."
  • First Blood: Sam Trautman. Colonel Sam Trautman.
  • Rose in Titanic, when she gave her name as Rose Dawson upon arriving at New York - "Dawson, Rose Dawson,"
  • 102 Dalmatians: Waddlesworth, a macaw who believes himself to be a dog, once toyed with the James Bond theme and introduced himself as "Dog, James Dog".
  • Wild Wild West: "West. Jim West."


  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Slartibartfast initially thinks Arthur's name is Dentarthurdent.
    • "As in the late Dentarthurdent."
  • In Neverwhere, the protagonist fumbles over his initial self-introduction. Door doesn't seem all that surprised at meeting a man seemingly named "Richard-Richard-Mayhew-Dick".
  • Every single volume in the Geronimo Stilton series starts off with Geronimo introducing himself to the readers as "Stilton, Geronimo Stilton." One of the books was even titled "My Name is Stilton, Geronimo Stilton."
  • In the first Harry Potter book, this is how Draco Malfoy introduces himself:

"Oh, this is Crabbe and this is Goyle," said the pale boy carelessly, noticing where Harry was looking. "And my name's Malfoy, Draco Malfoy."

  • Lampshaded in one of the novels about noir-ish Swedish secret agent Carl Hamilton:

Carl could not resist the temptation. "My name is Hamilton, Carl Hamilton", he said.


Live Action TV

  • The aforementioned Sally Lockhart example, from the television adaptations of the novels by Philip Pullman.
  • In Mobile, Michael Kitchen's character introduces himself by saying "The name's West, David West". Kitchen played Bill Tanner in two James Bond films.
  • In Doctor Who, when the Doctor signs on with UNIT at the end of "Spearhead from Space", the Brigadier points out that he doesn't even know the Doctor's name, which the Doctor then gives as "Smith, Doctor John Smith."
    • In The Time Monster, Jo Grant is introduced to the Atlanteans as "Jo, Jo Grant". They proceed to call her "Jojo Grant".
    • In Dalek, when asked her name, Godard says "Godard, sir, Diana Godard."
    • Lampshaded in "The Wedding of River Song", where Amy bursts into the room with a gun and looking every bit like a secret agent and identifies herself as "Pond, Amelia Pond".
  • Played for laughs in an episode of Full House, in which a character who had lived in the Tanner's house many years ago consistently refers to himself as "Bond, Lou Bond," even pointing out his initials scratched in an attic wall: "B., L. B."
  • Chuck did this once or twice, but usually with an alias, not his real name.
  • Lost has this in spades. Nearly all -if not all- characters introduce themselves at least once -if not multiple times- in this fashion.
  • Torchwood: Captain Jack Harkness replies to an introduction of "Jones, Ianto Jones" with "Nice to meet you, Jones Ianto Jones".
  • On the border of this trope: in Star Trek: TNG, "The Outrageous Okona", Wesley tells Okona his name is "Wesley. Wesley Crusher," and also mentions he's an acting ensign. Okona says, in a wacky voice, "I'm glad to meet you, Acting Ensign Wesley Wesley Crusher."
  • And played straight in the DS9 Bond-Pastiche "Our Man Bashir" which starts with a scene where a thug is thrown through a window by an unidentified man in a white tuxedo, who proceeds to defeat another bad guy (seen in a mirror, no less) with the cork from a champagne bottle. The saved Damsel in Distress prompts with a "Thank you, Mr. --" at which point the camera finally swings around to reveal that it is Dr. Bashir (in a holosuit-program) who of course responds with "Bashir, Julien Bashir".
  • A variant occurs in The Russians Are Coming. Walt Whitaker introduces himself to the leader of the shore party this way, but gets cut off after he says "Whitaker, Walt--". From then on, the officer refers to him as "Whitaker Walt".
  • Stargate SG-1: Daniel Jackson, needing an alias in a hurry: "Olo. Hans... Olo."
  • Space Cases: "*twitch* Hello Harlan Harlan Band."
  • The opening credits of the original half-hour version of Danger Man have Patrick McGoohan saying "My name is Drake. John Drake." Note that this was three years before Sean Connery ever said "My name is Bond. James Bond."
  • This happened on an early episode of Green Acres when Oliver was introducing himself to some of the Hooterville residents, including Uncle Joe Bradley (crossing over from Petticoat Junction).

Oliver: Douglas. Oliver Wendell Douglas.
Uncle Joe: You've got enough names for two people.

  • The TV version of Starman had the Starman (Who took on the body of Paul Edward Forrester) briefly address his son as "Scott Scott Hayden" despite him knowing that "Hayden" was Jenny's surname.
  • The Girl From Tomorrow: People of the year 3000 are known by Only One Name, so everyone there calls Jenny "Jennykelly".
  • Dead Like Me gives us Daisy; Daisy Adair.
  • Parodied on The Wire, when Herc is Pistol Posing in Cool Shades in a gun shop:

Carver: His name is Head... Dick Head...

  • Parodied in an episode of "Bill Nye the Science Guy" about friction: "My name is Bond. Molecular Bond."
  • In an episode of Charlie's Angels, Bosley introduces himself this way, only to get the "Hello Bosley Tom Bosley" response. He tried to correct it but ended up doing it again.
  • In a Flash Back in Smallville, Ma Kent tells the sheriff that the kid is called Clark "... because we felt my family's name would be appropriate..." (actually they hadn't thought of any and that was the first she made up). Dunno if that's canon in other incarnations, but at least in Smallville, the Man of Steel can rightfully present himself as "Clark Kent Clark".
  • Sterling does it in the Leverage episode "The Zanzibar Marketplace Job". He's playing hero in front of a bunch of news cameras, so it actually makes sense.
  • In the first scene of the first episode of Party Down, a character gives the setup: "That is quite a motto, Mr..." The response: "Donald. Ron Donald."
  • When Booth and Brennan go to the UK in Bones, Booth is charmed that the gun he's issued is the same kind Bond used, and proceeds to answer the phone this way.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus has "Lemming. Arthur Lemming. Special Agent, British Dental Association."
  • In The A-Team's Season 5 episode, "The Spy Who Mugged Me", which is an Affectionate Parody of James Bond films, Murdock is sent undercover as a spy named Logan Ross. Naturally, knowing what kind of story he's in, Murdock spends the rest of the episode introducing himself as "Ross, Logan Ross" with a very good impression of Sean Connery's voice. He also goes to the bar and orders "orange juice: shaken, not stirred."
  • We get a "Bundy. Al Bundy." in the Vegas episode of Married... with Children. Peggy counters with "Loser. Born loser."


  • In the Gorillaz biography Rise of the Ogre, 2D is quoted as explaining: "I know there's a rumour going round that my real name is Stuart Tusspot, but that's not true. It's Pot. Stuart Pot." (It was originally Tusspot, but his father had it legally changed for obvious reasons.)

Music Videos

Puppet Shows

  • On the appropriate episode of The Muppet Show, Lena Horne introduced herself to Fozzie as "Day. Doris Day."
  • In The Book of Pooh, there is a story where Tigger dresses up as the hero from his favorite detective novels. "The name's McSnarl. Stripey McSnarl."

Video Games

  • The title heroine from the Sega CD RPG Popful Mail sometimes introduces herself to friendly NPCs as "Mail, Popful Mail."
  • The Leisure Suit Larry games featured Larry introducing himself as "Larry--Larry Laffer." At one point, a character responds with, "Oh, I so love dual first names. One time I met Boutrous Boutrous-Ghali!"
    • Just imagine the introduction: "Boutros-Ghali, Boutros Boutros-Ghali". It works with pretty much anyone on this list.
  • Eddie Lang, a minor character from Mass Effect, introduces himself as "Lang, Officer Eddie Lang" when you first talk to him.
    • In the "Bring Down The Sky" DLC, Shepard introduces himself as "Shepard. Commander Shepard."
  • The title hero from the Humongous Entertainment kids' Spy Fox PC games introduces himself as "The name's Fox... Spy Fox." The games are full of many James Bond references, including this trope.
  • Resident Evil: "Ada. Ada Wong."
    • "Claire. Claire Redfield."
  • Don Flamenco of Punch-Out!! does this as one of his taunts, the catch is that he does it in Spanish. see 5:04.
  • Super Robot Wars: Zengar Zombolt tends to introduce himself this way, usually followed by a title such as "The sword that cleaves evil."
  • In The Curse of Monkey Island, Guybrush can introduce himself to King André this way, either under his own name or other aliases; but no matter which other aliases he chooses, André will know Guybrush's name anyway by calling him "Mister Threepwood".
  • "I'm Sonic, Sonic the Hedgehog!"

Web Comics

Western Animation

  • Also done by Bond's nephew James Bond Jr., in the cartoon of the same name, who would introduce himself as "Bond, James Bond, Junior."

Linkara: It's amazing how adding just that one word drains the response of any kind of power.

  • Parodied in an episode of Disney's |Hercules that spoof James Bond: Hercules introduced himself as "Les... Hercules" (and he was called for the rest of the episode as Mr. Les).
  • In the Bond parody on Pinky and The Brain, "To Russia with Lab Mice", Brain introduces himself to Russian mouse Mousey Galore as "Brain... The Brain."
  • On an episode of Arthur, a movie preview is shown for an entry in the James Hound series. In it, the hero introduces himself as "Hound. James Hound." Arthur does the same later when imagining himself in the role.
  • In an episode of Ben 10 Alien Force Ben introduces himself to a Highbreed who's his partner in an Enemy Mine as "Ben, Ben Tennyson". From that point on the Highbreed addresses him as "Benben Tennyson".
  • In an episode of Timon and Pumbaa, Timon introduces himself to the bad guy as Mon Timon. For the rest of the episode the bad guys calls him Mr. Mon.
  • Some of the promotional videos for Kim Possible involved the whole Bond "Gun Barrel Scene" with the Disney logo instead of the gun circle and with Kim's silhouette. She then invokes the trope: "Possible. Kim Possible."
    • There's also "Shtoppable. Ron Shtoppable." With a lisp that Sean Connery didn't pronounce that much until later in life.
  • Another obvious parody in Wakfu episode 19 (as well as a Punny Name in French): "My name is Monde... Smisse Monde."
  • In one episode of Jackie Chan Adventures, Jackie introduces himself to an art collector as "Chan, Jackie Chan". For the rest of the episode, the guy calls him "Chan Jackie Chan".
  • Casper the Friendly Ghost once concluded a ghost he just met was a spy because that ghost introduced himself in Bond style.
  • Animaniacs spoofed it when Chicken Boo becomes a secret agent. His alias is literally "Boo James Boo," and he's called by the whole thing at all times.
  • In The Critic, actor Jeremy Hawke recalls the time he played an American president (in a James Bond-type film, no less).

Real Life

  • Apparently,[please verify] one of the first recordings of an important composer is a recording sent from Johannes Brahms to Thomas Edison.

Dr. Brahms: "Grüsse an Herrn Doktor Edison, I am Doctor Brahms... Johannes Brahms."