“James Bond was delighted. He had had many assignments in Jamaica and many adventures on the island.” –The Man with the Golden Gun
James Bond creator Ian Fleming has been given a nod of recognition in Jamaica. The island’s newest airport (for private jets and small aircraft) bears his moniker.
While working as a British naval intelligence officer during World War II, Fleming visited and fell in love with the Caribbean island. In the late 1940s, on a cliff overlooking the aquamarine waters of Jamaica’s north coast, he built a secluded retreat among the lush surroundings and called it Goldeneye. Here Fleming entertained Noel Coward, Truman Capote and other notables and penned all 14 of his 007 novels. Portions of three of them—Dr. No, Live and Let Die, and The Man with the Golden Gun—are set in Jamaica.
Today Goldeneye is a hotel and resort owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, and a stay in Fleming’s paradise doesn’t come cheap. Rates start at $448/night in the off season. Literary buffs with really deep pockets can stay as long as they’d like if they buy their own beach cottage at Goldeneye.
[Photo © Goldeneye Hotel and Resort]