The spy who loved Jamaica

Ian Fleming was so enamoured of Jamaica that he set three of his James Bond novels there. Matthew Parker reveals how these books reflect the changes overtaking the beautiful island-colony in the dying days of empire...

A portrait of Ian Lancaster Fleming, the creator of the character James Bond

This article was first published in the September 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

Live and Let Die (1954)

For Ian Fleming, there was much more to Jamaica than sun, sea and sand. Part of what first attracted Fleming to the colony was its antique social structure. In 1946, when he built his house, Goldeneye, on the island, it almost could have been a hundred years earlier, during the heyday of empire.

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