Usain Bolt Admits He Wanted to Become a Spy Like James Bond Before Olympic Career

Published 09/28/2021, 1:15 AM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 07: Usain Bolt attends Oaks Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 07, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)


Apart from being the Fastest Man in the world with an unbeaten record, Usain Bolt wanted to be many other things. Notably, a spy like James Bond was on the list.

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In an interview with The Guardian, Usain Bolt surprised fans with an intriguing insight from his childhood. He revealed that as a young boy, not only did he love watching James Bond, but spent the next day at school pretending to be a spy himself.

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James Bolt or Usain Bond?

Bolt was raised in a traditional Jamaican household in a small town in northwest Jamaica. However, even at the mere age of 14, he won his first high school medal, and by 15, he was the youngest ever World Junior Championships gold medalist. 

“Every Sunday we would eat, chill out and watch movies as a family. I loved Bond. The first one I saw was Tomorrow Never Dies. I’d get back to school on Monday and everybody would be talking about the gadgets… and we’d all want to be spies,” said Bolt.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after he wins gold during the Men’s 200m Final on Day 13 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Bolt is the only sprinter to win the Olympic 100m and 200m titles at 3 consecutive Olympics. 

He gained worldwide fame for his double sprint victory in world record times at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Notably, he became the first person to hold both records since fully automatic time became mandatory.

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Is a comeback on the cards?

Although Usain Bolt retired in 2017 after tearing his hamstring, he said he was willing to make a comeback on track. However, only for the Olympics. Recently, he expressed his desire to come back for the Tokyo Olympics. Although, his coach asked him to stick with retirement. 

Soccer Football – Soccer Aid 2021 – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain – September 4, 2021 World XI’s Usain Bolt with medal celebrates after the match Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

An 8 time Olympic Gold Medalist, Usain Bolt’s 2009 record of 9.58 seconds at the World Championships still remains unbeaten. Will he come back to beat his own record?

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