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James Bond, the fictional spy immortalized in novels and then on film, got his name during one of his creator’s many vacations in Jamaica.
SPECIAL BOND Ian Fleming, author of the 13 Bond novels, explained: “I was looking for a name for my hero — nothing like Peregrine Carruthers or Standfast Maltravers — and I found it…on the cover of one of my Jamaican bibles, Birds of the West Indies, an ornithological classic by James Bond.” Fleming questioned whether the Bond books, which have sold more than ABOVE: Sean Connery as the original James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever. RIGHT: Collected stories in the best-selling spy series.
18 million copies in 23 languages, would have been born if he had not been in the “gorgeous vacuum of a Jamaican holiday.” From 1946 until his death in 1964, the author wintered at GoldenEye, his home on 30 acres of land overlooking Jamaica’s fashionable north shore. —D. W.
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