The Name Is Bond, James 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 (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
Examples, Trope Examples
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- 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 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.
Works, Fan Works
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, 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 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 Golden Eye) mocks 007 by addressing him as, "Bondjamesbond".
- 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.
- 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 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."
- 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, 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:
- Simon Tregarth introduced himself this way to the first person he met in his new world. Unfortunately, she couldn't tell him her name.
TV, Live Action TV
- 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
- 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."
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 1, 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.
- 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 Dragons Lair II: Time Warp, a talking time machine notices Dirk approaching it and says, "You must be Dirk, Dirk the Daring."
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."
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.
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.
Life, Real Life