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Jamaica: An island that could be named after Ian Fleming

By: Erik Olsson
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Exclusive article from Bond fan and FSWL reader Erik Olsson, webmaster of and

My last real vacation back in 1998 after an intensive year living in Miami. Was lucky to get a good deal with a Caribbean airline to do island hopping, first up was a week on Jamaica.

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Landed in Montego Bay, rested some days, and then travelled along the north coast by bus until I reached Ocho Rios where the stunning waterfalls that thousands of tourists climb each year are located.

Ian Fleming Jamaica James Bond
Ian Fleming Jamaica James Bond
I believe some chases for the 1973 film Live and Let Die (starring Roger Moore as James Bond directed by Guy Hamilton) where filmed there but more famously the exotic scenes in the 1962 film Dr. No (starring Sean Connery as agent 007 directed by Terence Young).

Not far away is the James Bond Beach Club which was also the set for Dr. No.

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I did not have a chance to visit Ian Fleming's house Goldeneye or Kananga's crocodile farm but sure will do the next time!

Ian Fleming Jamaica James Bond
Ian Fleming Jamaica James Bond
After a week in Jamaica, it was time to fly to the next island, Antigua. The beautiful trip to the airport went through the curvy Blue Mountains and busy Kingston, and ended with the long road in the sea where Bond arrives and fights his driver in Dr. No. I was lucky though… my taxi driver was one of the good guys!

Ian Fleming Jamaica James Bond
Editor's note:
Specific locations on Jamaica worth visiting for all Bond travellers:
Grand Lido Sans Souci Hotel (location used for both films mentioned above)
Half Moon Bay Club (location used for Live and Let Die)
Morgan's Harbour Hotel and Marina (location used for Dr. No)
Rose Hall Country Club (location used for Live and Let Die)
The Liguanea Club (Queen's Club in Dr. No)

Recommended reading before you go, Matthew Parker's excellent book Goldeneye: Where Bond was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica published by Hutchinson in 2014.

Written by Erik Olsson. Copyright © 2006 From Sweden with Love.



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