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Goldeneye Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica by Matthew Parker
  

Goldeneye Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica

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From 1946 until the end of his life, Ian Fleming lived for two months of every year at Goldeneye - the house he built on Jamaica's north coast. Drawing on interviews with Ian's family, his Jamaican lover Blanche Blackwell and many other islanders, this an original exploration of a crucially important part of Ian Fleming's life and work.

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Goldeneye Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica by Matthew Parker

A completely fascinating, authoritative and intriguing book - especially for anyone interested in Ian Fleming and the James Bond phenomenon . (William Boyd). Goldeneye: the story of Ian Fleming in Jamaica and the creation of British national icon, James Bond. From 1946 until the end of his life, Ian Fleming lived for two months of every year at Goldeneye - the house he built on a point of high land overlooking a small white sand beach on Jamaica's north coast. All the James Bond novels and stories were written here. Fleming adored the Jamaica he had discovered, at the time an imperial backwater that seemed unchanged from the glory days of the empire. Amid its stunning natural beauty, the austerity and decline of post-war Britain could be forgotten. For Fleming, Jamaica offered the perfect mixture of British old-fashioned conservatism and imperial values, alongside the dangerous and sensual: the same curious combination that made his novels so appealing, and successful. The spirit of the island - its exotic beauty, its unpredictability, its melancholy, its love of exaggeration and gothic melodrama - infuses his writing. Fleming threw himself into the island's hedonistic Jet Set party scene: Hollywood giants, and the cream of British aristocracy, the theatre, literary society and the secret services spent their time here drinking and bed-hopping. But while the whites partied, Jamaican blacks were rising up to demand respect and self-government. And as the imperial hero James Bond - projecting British power across the world - became ever more anachronistic and fantastical, so his popularity soared. Drawing on extensive interviews with Ian's family, his Jamaican lover Blanche Blackwell and many other islanders, Goldeneye is a beautifully written, revealing and original exploration of a crucially important part of Ian Fleming's life and work.

About the Author

Born in Central America in 1970, MATTHEW PARKER spent part of his childhood in the West Indies. He has written for most UK national newspapers as well as History Today, BBC History Magazine and the Literary Review and has also lectured around the world and contributed to TV and radio programmes in the UK and US. His bestselling and critically-acclaimed books include Monte Cassino, Panama Fever and The Sugar Barons.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Matthew Parker

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9780091954109

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