Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica

Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica

by Matthew Parker


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781605986869
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 03/11/2015
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 557,598
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Matthew Parker is the author of three previous non-fiction books, Monte Cassino: The Hardest-Fought Battle of World War II; the Los Angeles Times bestseller Panama Fever, which was one of the Washington Post’s Best Books of the Year; and The Sugar Barons, which was an Economist Book of the Year. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

Ian Fleming's Jamaica x

1943: Fleming and Jamaica - First Contact 1

1946: Oracabessa and 'Old Jamaica' 16

1947: The Bachelor Party 36

1948: Lady Rothermere 61

1949: Noël and Ian, Samolo and Jamaica 76

1950: Doctor Jamaica 93

1951: 'Disciplined Exoticism' 110

1952: Casino Royale 124

1953: The First Jamaica Novel - Live and Let Die 143

1954-5: Moonraker, Diamonds are Forever 167

1151: From Russia, with Love 195

1951: Jamaica Under Threat - Dr No 219

1958-60: Goldfinger for four Eyes Only: Thunderball 238

1901-2: The Spy Who Loved Me: On Her Majesty's Secret Service 263

1913-4: You Only Live Twice: The Man with the Golden Sun 290

Epilogue Goldeneye Since Fleming 312

Acknowledgements 323

Picture and Quotation Credits 326

Notes 330

Select Bibliography 362

Index 367

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Goldeneye: Where Bond was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Matthew Parker in his new book, “Goldeneye” published by Pegasus Books brings us Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica. From the back cover: 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. I am of the belief that we are products of where we were born and/or brought up. Whether or not you believe the same I think you would agree with me that “Goldeneye” is quite a study of Ian Fleming, James Bond and an area of Jamaica called Goldeneye. Of course we all carry the DNA of our fathers and James Bond is no exception. Ian Fleming gave birth to Bond. However Jamaica has quite a lot to do with Bond, his smoothness and charm. Matthew Parker has given us one of the most interesting studies of the character, his creator and the place where each of the James Bond stories were written. I have no idea of how Mr. Parker was able to research all of this information but I, for one, am so grateful that he did. I certainly enjoyed being there at the birth of Bond and watching his character development as the stories were written at the same time that Jamaica was going through its changes. As I said this is a fascinating read that if you are any kind of James Bond fan, you will find quite enjoyable. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pegasus Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic history.  Parker kept my attention in a way that is rarely seen in non-fiction works.  He brings Fleming’s life to readers in a palpable way that I found both interesting and intriguing.  The pace of the novel kept me coming back for more while the writing was very intriguing. I loved seeing Bond come to life & what lay behind it.  The correlation between Fleming’s life and the events in the Bond novels was fantastic.  It made Bond come to life even more for me. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.