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I cannot heap too many superlatives on this multifaceted book It is a gem that far surpasses the expectation of simply being a book for James Bond fansThe book isn t neatly pigeon holed as a biography of Ian Fleming the creator of James Bond While Fleming is at the heart of the book it is so much richer deeper and nuanced than another bio It is part mid century British history Jamaican history British political history social commentary historical analysis of colonialism and the breakup of the British Empire cold war politics psychology sociology tawdry goss I love reading about Jamaica and I can t get enough of the unlikely friendship between Fleming and Noel Coward so I thoroughly enjoyed this book which places the Bond novels in the context of what s happening both in Jamaica and in Fleming s private life Five stars ust for the photo of Coward with Sean Connery honestly The writing moves along and is easy reading The book fleshes out the man who created Bond and the times and circumstances that influenced his books The 50 s was a time of great political and social change in the West Indies and this book covers its impact on Jamaica Fleming had an eclectic group of friends and lovers and their interaction on the island is fascinating You ll feel like a fly on the wall at times I definitely would put this book in the curl up with a hot cup of tea and a couple of relaxing hours category Highly recommended if you are a Bond fan There are three reasons I bought and then read this book1 I love you are a Bond fan There are three reasons I bought and then read this book1 I love read books that are historical in focus Its a bonus for me when the history that is being written about has a Jamaican or Caribbean focus 2 Matthew Parker s name on the cover of the book The process of reading Parker s excellent Sugar Barons was absorbing which was due in large part to the author s style and his selection of subject matter to include in a book that covered over 210 years of history in the English Caribbean colonies of Barbados the Leewards and Jamaica Parker writes history they way it should have always been written with sensitivity and courage to tell the truth no matter where it takes should have always been written with sensitivity and courage to tell the truth no matter where it takes 3 James Bond dri After Andrew Lycett s exhaustive biography of Ian Fleming which is 20 years old believe it or not you may wonder what is left to learn of James Bond s creatorIn his new book Goldeneye Matthew Parker proves there is uite a bit left to learn Unlike the works of Lycett and John Pearson which remain the two indispensable Fleming biographies Parker s book is not a straightforward life story He instead focuses on Fleming s love for Jamaica and the vacation home he built there Goldeneye Pearson and Lycett certainly acknowledge that Jamaica was a major part of Fleming s life but Parker has time and space to devote to the author s time in Jamaica and he unearths aspects of the man not found by previous biographersFleming first visited Jamaica during a conference in World War II while he worked for British naval intelligence Before leaving he told his friend Ivar Bryce who would later figure in one of the biggest dramas of Fleming s life that he would buy a home on the island where he would vacation and write That home would become Goldeneye on Jamaica s north coast near Oracabessa When Fleming secured a London Who Is Muhammad Ali? journalismob after the war he insisted upon and received two months paid vacation per year when I was a teenager reading about Fleming I found nothing remarkable about this Today I wonder at his power of persuasion Fleming would spend those two months from January to March at Goldeneye Parker details Fleming s life for those two months out. For two months every year from 1946 to his death eighteen years later Ian Fleming lived at Goldeneye the house he built on a point of high land overlooking a small white sand beach on Jamaica's stunning north coast All the James Bond novels and stories were written here This book explores the huge influence of Jamaica on the creation of Fleming's iconic
READ ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Æ Matthew ParkerGood on that promise and so began a long love affair with Jamaica and the creation of one of the world s most famous literary and celluloid heroes James Bond In the eighteen years that Fleming owned Goldeneye his home during the cold winters of a dark and years that Fleming owned Goldeneye his home during the cold winters of a dark and London winters all the Bond thrillers were written hereMatthew Parker does not idolise Goldeneye making false claims but paints a very clear picture of it as very much a harsh bachelor pad with very little in the way of comfort in the dying years of Imperial Jamaica when the Blacks were there to serve and of Imperial Jamaica when the Blacks were there to serve and be heard All this comes across in the book and it must be remembered that Fleming was a man of his times the Empire had stood for the greatness of a people and the monarchy was its representation and was a force for goodWhen Fleming bought the land and designed Goldeneye there were no creature comforts no decent plumbing no windows or cupboards The one thing that does come across from this book is that Fleming wanted to communion with nature and be inspired by what was around him he took to Jamaica and Jamaica took to FlemingOne of the most interesting things about this book is not ust that the chapters are neatly broken up for the reader starting in 1946 and then eventually in to when each of the Bond Thrillers were written By doing this we are able to examine the events around Fleming s life at the time his loves and his struggles We also get an examination of Jamaica at a turning point in its history when things were changing from colonial back post to a leading Caribbean independent nation Parker also interviews many people who knew Fleming at the time which adds to the cache of this bookParker also examines our enduring love of both the books and the films and one thing that we British are good at laughing at ourselves Early on in the books and in Flemings thoughts was Britain s uneasy and changing relationship with America which helped to spark some of the fun sparky and deeply felt segments in the novels Something that does come across if it was not for the ability to laugh at ourselves then both Fleming and Bond have something in common they were pretty unlikeableThroughout the book it is amazing once it is pointed out how many times Jamaica actually appears in Flemings novels From the name of James Bond an author on Jamaica s bird life to how many places and people appear in one guise or other We also see Fleming s relationships with the locals and his famous friends such as Noel Coward Blanche Blackwell and with the Governor General of the time Sir Hugh Foot As well we get explanations of the politics of the time of Manley and the politics of IndependenceMatthew Parker with Goldeneye has not replaced the two excellent biographies of Fleming but made an excellent addition to the James Bond canon We also are able to see that even though Fleming may not have been in the literary limelight and the greater his success the destructive he became to himself and too his creation BondThat self destruct button that exists in all the Bond novels and films with the excessive drinking and smoking was a reflection of Fleming he was still able to hammer out 2000 words a day until his final outing Fleming s love of Goldeneye and of Jamaica pours from every page of the book while still proudly English it was probably the only place he ever was really happy interesting book which looks at both Jamaica and Ian Fleming the creator of James bond and both histories and how Fleming created the books at his haven Goldeneye the author looks at Flemings Imperial cravings away from the austere London post wa. Onship with Ann Charteris and hers with Jamaica and the emergence of Blanche Blackwell as his Jamaican soulmate Goldeneye also compares the real Jamaica of the 1950s during the build up to independence with the island's portrayal in the Bond books to shine a light on the attitude of the likes of Fleming and Coward to the dramatic end of the British Empire. Of the year remarkably pinpointing Fleming s locations and activities during his time in Jamaica In some ways it is a biography of two
"months at a time each chapter usually focusing on a single yearParker also delves into Jamaican history pertinent "at a time each chapter usually focusing on a single yearParker also delves into Jamaican history pertinent the island s hold on Fleming Britain lost India shortly after the Second World War but in the late 1940s and early 50s Jamaica seemed a sunny friendly outpost of the British Empire something that appealed to the nostalgic imperialist Fleming and provided the perfect spot for him to create his imperialist hero James BondAlthough Fleming hinted at the end of the war he wanted to write a spy novel he did not start banging away on his typewriter until his 1952 visit to Jamaica This coincided with his impending marriage to his longtime mistress Ann pregnant at the time and Fleming often blamed premarital itters for the creation of Bond But Parker finds evidence that Fleming was ready to write Casino Royale that winter regardless of his fleeting bachelorhoodThe portrait of the resulting marriage is familiar from Lycett s biography Ian and Ann Fleming were two people who loved each other deeply yet seemed addicted to damaging each other In Parker s book Goldeneye itself becomes an obstacle between them after Ann begins to loathe Jamaica and refuses to vacation there with her husband This allows Fleming to begin an affair with Blanche Blackwell a celebrated member of Jamaica s north coast society and it is hard to dispute a sympathetic partner for Fleming By this point Ann Fleming already was having a widely recognized affair with British politician Hugh GaitskillParker looks at the writing of each Bond book and the circumstances that surround their inception He pays closest attention to the three books set in Jamaica Live and Let Die Doctor No and The Man With the Golden Gun and how the island s shifting political situation is reflected in each titleParker s book is the island s shifting political situation is reflected in each titleParker s book is researched but highly readable a uality it shares with Pearson s biography Dozens of books have been written about Fleming and Bond but new insights are hard to come by any Parker s Goldeneye is filled with them It is a worthy supplement to Pearson s and Lycett s thicker volumes Interesting book primarily about how Jamaica influenced Ian Fleming as he wrote the James Bond novels Worth a read of you like Bond and r Jamaica So fascinating Parker does a wonderful ob of balancing the history of Jamaica the history of Bond and Fleming s own life details Read like fiction so much family drama political intrigue tragedy addiction beauty I love James Bond movies fast moving fantasy glitzy bad guys good guy always wins never a dull moment Goldeneye is the house in Jamaica that Ian Fleming built and where all the James Bond books were written The book details the life of Ian Fleming his friendships and the influence Jamaica had on his life and on his 007 books There s uite a bit of history thrown in as well as societal reflections of the day particularly relating to class and race It wasn t as absorbing a read as I would have expected I felt the writing didn t flow as fluidly as it could have was sometimes boring and ploddy and I had to steel myself to power on through But all in all I got the picture of an Ian Fleming on the island of Jamaica that heavily influenced his writing of one of my favorite spy series of all time Goldeneye An ode to Fleming Bond and JamaicaIn 1943 a young naval intelligence officer was in Kingston for a conference when he promised to himself that he would come back and live on the island of Jamaica In 1946 Ian Fleming made. Ost war hero The island was for Fleming part retreat from the world part tangible representation of his own values and part exotic fantasy It will examine his Jamaican friendships his extraordinary circle included Errol Flynn the Olivier's international politicians and British royalty as well as his close neighbor Noel Coward and trace his changing relati.