Bond: I admire your courage, Miss...Many a character these days will introduce themselves James Bond style (Surname, Given name surname); 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 (or who just want to be a pedantic pain-in-the-butt for whatever reason) may subsequently address our Ms. Lockhart as "Lockhart Sally Lockhart". An element of the Tuxedo and Martini style. A subtrope of Catchphrase.
Sylvia: Trench. Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mister...
Bond: Bond. James Bond.
Sylvia: Trench. Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mister...
Bond: Bond. James Bond.
— Dr. No
Examples, Trope Examples
open/close all folders
- 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".
Manga, 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.
- 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 The Vision of 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 Mini-Moe 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.
- Stone, John Stone. Agent of S.T.O.R.M.
- Wayne, Bruce Wayne.◊
- In Joker, the POV character, Jonny Frost, introduces himself this way to the title character: "Jonny. Jonny Frost." True to form, the Joker subsequently always calls him "Jonny-Jonny Frost."
- Yoko Tsuno introduces herself like this in The Prey and the Ghost. As the story takes place in Scotland, this may have been a Shout-Out, not only to James Bond but to Sean Connery as well.
- The name's Dante. Nikolai Dante.
- Parodied in one Judge Dredd story where all of the actors who played John Blaze are lured to their deaths with the Sean Connery standin as the Sole Survivor. When interviewed afterwards, he says of his next film project "The namesh Dredd. Judge Dredd."
Works, Fan Works
- Used in Bait and Switch (STO) when the viewpoint character introduces herself to the audience as follows: "My name is Eleya. Kanril Eleya." Inverted in that, since she's Bajoran, Eleya is actually her given name, not her surname.
- In The Better Man Harry actually introduces himself as "Bond, James Bond" as a reaction to Draco's "Malfoy, Draco Malfoy" introduction, which includes insults to Harry's school and cousin.
Films, Animated Films
Films, Live Action Films
- Virtually a given in any James Bond movie, obviously (most of the times, entering in Crowning Moment of Awesome level).
- Averted in From Russia with Love, Thunderball (although technically said by another character) and Quantum of Solace. Skyfall helpfully makes a return to it.
- In Casino Royale (2006), it's the very last line of the movie.
- Also played with in the Duran Duran video for the theme to A View to a Kill; toward the end of the video, the band's lead singer identifies himself as "Bon. Simon LeBon."
- "Trench, Sylvia Trench" from Dr. No is actually the first character to use this trope. It's in response to this introduction that Bond first utters the deathless line. And in the reboot Casino Royale (2006) it's "Mathis - Rene Mathis."
- Goldfinger - Bond uses the line on Jill Masterson, then later on uses it on her sister Tilly, who impatiently cuts him off halfway through.
- In The World Is Not Enough, the character of Valentin Zukovsky (first introduced in GoldenEye) mocks 007 by addressing him as, "Bondjamesbond".
- Turned into a Running Gag in A View to a Kill, as Bond uses a variety of fake names.
- Das Testament des Doktor Mabuse (1933) has: "Gestatten Sie, dass ich mich vorstelle: Ich heiße Mabuse, Doktor Mabuse." ("Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Mabuse, Doctor Mabuse.")
- In Back to the Future Part III, Marty's future great-great-grandmother Maggie McFly introduces herself as "McFly, Maggie McFly". Then, to avoid arousing suspicion, Marty introduces himself to Maggie as "Eastwood, Clint Eastwood", also doing it to Buford Tannen.
Buford: What kinda stupid name is that?
- This is also how Clara Clayton introduces herself to Doc.
- Being a parody of the James Bond movies, Carry On Spying has the expy of James Bond say a variation of this. He says to his teacher, "Bind," but is interrupted by his teacher, who asks, "James?" It turns out the teacher (and probably the audience) was wrong. "No, Charlie. Charlie Bind."
- Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: "It's Todd now. Sweeney Todd."
- The Final Sacrifice: "Rowsdower. Zap Rowsdower."
Crow T Robot: Yeah, well I'm Bill Shtinkwater.
- Scanners: "REVOK! DARRYL! REVOK!"
- Fletch: "Nugent. Ted Nugent."
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off parodies the James Bond usage:
Cameron: (on the phone with the principal) And you just mind your Ps and Qs, buster, and remember who you're dealing with.
Ferris: Bueller. Ferris Bueller.
- xXx: "Gibbons. Augustus Gibbons."
- Agent Cody Banks: "Banks. Cody Banks."
- 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. However, he drops it in the sequels when he goes rogue and goes by just "Smith".
- Constantine: This is Constantine. John Constantine. %&*hole.
- Sunset Boulevard. 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 (1997), 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."
- In The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, Walt Whitaker's attempt to introduce himself to Lt. Rozanov gets cut off, so for the rest of the movie, Rozanov calls him "Whitaker Walt".
- From the first Wishmaster:
Ariella: "Now will this be cash or charge, Mr.—?"
The Djinn: "Demarest. Nathaniel Demarest. Call me Nathaniel."
- In X-Men: First Class, Charles introduces himself to Amy in this manner.
Charles: The name's Xavier, Charles Xavier, how do you do?
- Obviously, James Bond himself, who does it since the very first book.
- In The Man with the Golden Gun, Bond, while working for the villain under an assumed name, introduces himself as "Hazard. Mark Hazard." Luckily the villain doesn't pick up on it.
- Bond mentions "Leiter, Felix Leiter" in a phonecall in Live and Let Die, and M. gets in on it in Moonraker. It seems more like an MI6 form of identification than Bond's catchphrase.
- Bond introduces himself this way to Sluggsy in The Spy Who Loved Me. He then says that it's "a pretty chump name".
- 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 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, 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.
- Simon Tregarth introduced himself this way to the first person he met in his new world. Unfortunately, she couldn't tell him her name.
- Parodied in the cover text of The Jennifer Morgue — appropriately enough, given the number of Bond Shout Outs in the book:
"The name is Howard. Bob Howard. Please don't hurt me..."
TV, Live Action TV
- Get Smart was a spoof of Spy Fiction, in general. So naturally, the eponymous character (Maxwell Smart) would introduce himself this way whenever he met with a contact: "Smart... Maxwell Smart. CONTROL agent 86." The episode where he first meets 99's mother reveals that he's even printed his name on his business card exactly the same way.
- The aforementioned Sally Lockhart example, from the television adaptations of the novels.
- 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 responds with "Bashir, Julian Bashir".
- 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." This was 3 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...
- 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 flashback 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.
- Gordon subverts this, as his name actually is Gordon Gordon Wyatt. Unless he's just messing with Booth. When Booth is explaining this to Brennan, she responds with "Oh, like James, James Bond," and Booth has to correct her.
- 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."
- Parodied in the '80s Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Diamonds Aren't Forever", in which the main character, a spy with the first name James, repeatedly tries to do this trope, but whenever he or another character is about to say his last name, they're always interrupted somehow.
- Night Court once had Dan introduce himself as "Dan. Dan Fielding" to which the Eskimo he was talking to thought his name was Dandan Fielding.
- During a fantasy sequence on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Carlton introduced himself like this while saving a young woman from a mugger.
- The Trope Namer gets spoofed in a short clip shown in one of Bill Nye the Science Guy's chemistry episodes:
- In El Ministerio del Tiempo, this self-introduction is done by none other than "Columbus. Christopher Columbus".
- 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.)
- The first song on The Mars Volta's album Frances the Mute (second if you count the title track, which was intended to lead off the album but had to be left off due to Executive Meddling) is entitled "Cygnus....Vismund Cygnus".
Videos, Music Videos
Shows, Puppet Shows
- The Goon Show: "My name is Horn. Trader Horn. Born in Houndsditch. How do you like that for a name, eh? Horn-Trader-Horn-Born-in-Houndsditch. My father must have been mad."
Games, 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!" When the games became voiced, the semicolon became a chuckle.
- Just imagine the introduction: "Boutros-Ghali, Boutros Boutros-Ghali". It works with 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 him/herself 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.
- 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: Sanger Zonvolt tends to introduce himself this way, usually followed by the title "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".
- Sonic the Hedgehog inverts this: "I'm Sonic, Sonic the Hedgehog!"
- Done by Luke Atmey in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials And Tribulations. It drives Phoenix himself to do the same when introducing himself.
- In the intro to Brain Dead 13, Dr. Nero Neurosis introduces himself to Lance in this manner after getting his computer fixed.
- In Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp, a talking time machine notices Dirk approaching it and says, "You must be Dirk, Dirk the Daring."
Comics, Web Comics
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Galatea introduces herself to the alien Riboflavin as "Galatea! Galatea Martin!" with the inevitable result that he calls her Galateagalatea Martin.
- In Jump Leads, Meaney introduces himself to special agent Jane Moore as "Meaney. Thomas Meaney."
- In Consolers, Rare calls himself "Ware, Rareware" in the Goldeneye comic.
Original, Web Original
Animation, 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 & 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 "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).
- "The name's Man. Snowman."
- In the American Dad! episode, "Tearjerker" which parodies the James Bond films as much as possible.
Stan: The name is Smith, Stan Smith.Roger/Tearjerker: Didn't ask your name but okay.
- Danger Mouse does this in a more casual manner in "Trouble With Ghosts." He and Penfold confront the monstrous concierge of a Transylvania Hotel:
D.M.: My name is Mouse. Mr. D. Mouse. I believe you have a reservation for us.
- In the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Chill of the Night!", Batman meets his parents through time travel. He introduces himself as "Malone, Matthew Malone."
Life, Real Life
- Apparently, 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."
- After falling through a ceiling and landing right in front of a startled secretary, an electrician promptly propped himself up on one elbow and sure enough, declared, "The name is Bond. James Bond."
- Don't tell you never did that when you were standing at a service desk and were being asked for your name (and you didn't know at first if your first name was necessary to mention).