Max Bond is James’s uncle. By the time we meet him in SilverFin, he is desperately ill, but this doesn’t stop him teaching James to drive and to fish. As he takes stock of his life, Max tells James of his experiences as a spy during the Second World War. His quiet determination to live his life to the full until the last has a profound effect of James.
‘Excitement,’ snapped Max. ‘That’s all modern youth is interested in – speed, thrills, noise and drama! Can’t say as I blame you though. I learnt in the war that you’ve got to take life by the scruff of the neck, you don’t get a second shot at it. What was it the man said? ‘I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.’