Ian Fleming … from Goldeneye to Casino Royale
In 1946, the author Ian Fleming (1908-1964), creator of spy JamesBond, bought a piece of land on Jamaica with a private beach and reef, and got a local contractor to build a simple house with a great view of the Caribbean Sea. He christened the house Goldeneye.
Fleming had mentioned to friends during the war that he wanted to write a spy novel.
Fleming started writing Casino Royaleat his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica on 17 February 1952. He liked to say that the book wrote itself, but in fact it was the product of hard work and discipline. He started his day with a morning swim in the Caribbean Sea followed by a breakfast in the garden with his wife Ann. The breakfast always consisted of scrambled eggs, bacon and black coffee.
At 9am, he would give Ann a kiss, leave the breakfast table…