The birth of James Bond


Britain's most famous secret agent, James Bond, was in many ways a product not of his homeland but of Jamaica.

It may not have been my most arduous assignment as a security correspondent, but walking around Bond's birthplace, Ian Fleming's former home Goldeneye, I understoood how important the exoticism, escapism and glamour of Jamaica in the 1950s were to Fleming's work and to its enduring appeal.

In February 1951, Fleming sat down in Goldeneye and began to write what would eventually be his first book, Casino Royale. The house offered him an escape from war-weary Britain, and Fleming went on to write every one of the Bond books there.



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