Where Bond Was Born : Ian Fleming's Jamaica

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Amid the lush beauty of Jamaica's northern coast lies the true story of Ian Fleming's iconic creation: James Bond.
For two months every year, from 1946 to his death eighteen years later, Ian Fleming lived at Goldeneye, the house he built on a point of high land overlooking a small white sand beach on Jamaica’s stunning north coast. All the James Bond novels and stories were written here.This book explores the huge influence of Jamaica on the creation of Fleming’s iconic post-war hero. The island was for Fleming part retreat from the world, part tangible representation of his own values, and part exotic fantasy. It will examine his Jamaican friendships—his extraordinary circle included Errol Flynn, the Oliviers, international politicians and British royalty, as well as his close neighbor Noel Coward—and trace his changing relationship with Ann Charteris (and hers with Jamaica) and the emergence of Blanche Blackwell as his Jamaican soulmate.Goldeneye also compares the real Jamaica of the 1950s during the build-up to independence with the island’s portrayal in the Bond books, to shine a light on the attitude of the likes of Fleming and Coward to the dramatic end of the British Empire.

Baker & Taylor
Explores the influence of Jamaica, the location of Ian Fleming's vacation home, on the creation of his iconic character James Bond and the island's portrayal in the author's books.

Book News
Centering on Goldeneye, the Jamaican beach estate where writer Ian Fleming wrote all of the books in the James Bond series, this narrative account for general readers portrays the social circle surrounding Fleming in Jamaica during the 1940s-1960s, a high society of celebrities, royalty, and writers including Noel Coward, Arthur Miller, JKF, and Marilyn Monroe. The book also looks at Jamaican political developments of the period and how they influenced the Bond books, showing how these political developments were perceived by Fleming and other British elites. Color and b&w photos are included. Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

Explores the significant influence of Jamaica and the north-coast highland house where Ian Fleming wrote his James Bond novels on his writings, evaluating the related impact of Fleming's circle of notable friendships. By the author of the best-selling Panama Fever.

Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2015
Edition: 1st Pegasus Books hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781605986869
Branch Call Number: BIO Fleming PAR
Characteristics: 387 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), map ;,24 cm.


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Dec 01, 2017

What a fascinating, well-written outline of Ian Fleming's hideaway, Goldeneye, in Jamaica where he invented James Bond after his war effort and entertained his family and a raft of friends. Informative and delightful with some excellent coloured photographs in the centre as well as black and white through the text.


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PimaLib_WilliamB May 06, 2015

When Ian Fleming decided he was going to leave it all behind and build a house in Jamaica, he did it. Over the years he stayed there, he wrote most of his famous spy novel series "James Bond" and lived out his life in this famous villa. Learn the stories of Fleming, Bond and Jamaica including its post-Fleming life under ownership of Bob Marley, in this behind-the-scenes-book.

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