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Goldeneye: Where Bond was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica
 
 

Goldeneye: Where Bond was Born: Ian Fleming's Jamaica [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Parker
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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"Supremely enjoyable... Matthew Parker has created a completely new picture of Ian, Bond and the role of Jamaica in the making of the legend " (John Pearson, author of THE LIFE OF IAN FLEMING)

"The book that James Bond obsessives have been waiting for – a beautiful, brilliant history of Ian Fleming at home at Goldeneye, all of sun-drenched, gin-soaked, bed-hopping colonial Jamaica outside the window and 007 at the moment of his creation. This is the big bang of Bond books." (Tony Parsons)

"[Here are] the glowing sea, the teeming life beneath the waves, and the warm black nights, all of which made their way into the Bond novels... [But] Parker’s highly readable account of Fleming’s Jamaican life is less Thunderball and more Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea. Bond himself might have been a touch jealous." (Sinclair McKay Daily Telegraph)

"A superb account of Fleming’s Jamaica… well-researched, excellently written… Without Jamaica, it is safe to say, there would have been no Agent 007." (Financial Times)

"Matthew Parker's brilliant book Goldeneye is indispensable for anyone interested in the inner life of the enigmatic Ian Fleming and the whole James Bond phenomenon he created." (Nicholas Rankin author of Ian Fleming's Commandos)

"As illuminating as it is intriguing... Written in a quick-fire, atmospheric, prose style that clearly owes something to Fleming’s own, it cracks along with all the urgency of a Bond novel." (Daily Mail)

"Best read sitting somewhere hot, sipping something cool is Matthew Parker’s brilliant addition to the cannon of Jamaican travel writing and 007-ology" (GQ)

"[this] account of the role Goldeneye played in the evolution of 007 is persuasive, well researched and entertaining" (Observer)

"Jamaica offers the key to a fresh understanding of Fleming and our own relationship with Bond . . . an enjoyable, sun-soaked, alcohol-sodden addition to Bond literature." (The Times)

"Parker's record of a key period in the life of the writer makes a fascinating read" (Independent)

"Entertaining . . . Parker makes a convincing case that Jamaica is crucial to a proper understanding of the man and his work." (Spectator)

"Completely fascinating, authoritative and intriguing" (William Boyd)

Book Description

'Supremely enjoyable... Matthew Parker has created a completely new picture of Fleming, Bond and the role of Jamaica in the making of the legend’ John Pearson, author of The Life of Ian Fleming

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11861 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (14 Aug 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009195410X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091954109
  • ASIN: B00JRD3YJK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,823 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in Central America in 1970, Matthew Parker spent part of his childhood in the West Indies. He has written for most UK national newspapers as well as The Literary Review, History Today and BBC History Magazine, as well as lecturing around the world and contributing to TV and radio programmes in the UK, Canada and US. His bestselling and critically-acclaimed books include Monte Cassino, Panama Fever and The Sugar Barons. His new book, Goldeneye, published in August 2014, explores the importance of Jamaica in the creation of British national icon James Bond. He lives in east London with his family and annoying dog. More at www.matthewparker.co.uk

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book is about Ian Fleming' s last 10 years, Goldeneye his holiday home in Jamaica and the creation of the $6 billion dollar man. Fleming was a complex man who lived his life according to his own rules. He bought and fell in love with Goldeneye which became the haven he needed to enable him to write all of the Bond books. In this period of his life he witnessed the decline of the British Empire, the tension of the cold war and the increasing influence of America. The book covers the history and development of Jamaica during these years, world events as well as the friends, celebrities and lovers who visited Goldeneye. Matthew Parker covers in detail how these events affected Fleming and inevitably shaped Bond. James Bond's existence if Fleming had not been introduced to Goldeneye is probably as unlikely as the Beatles if McCartney had not been introduced to Lennon. Matthew Parker must have thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing it as much as I did reading it. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jamaica's rum 'un 16 Aug 2014
By J. Wise
Format:Hardcover
IN 1946 a naval intelligence aide called Ian Fleming made good the promise to himself to live in Jamaica, swim a lot and write books after the war was over. So he built a spartan little home, eventually installed a typewriter – and the rest is the brilliant history of the world’s most loved spy...Bond, James Bond.

For a couple of months every year Fleming took off to his for him idylic hidey-hole in the Caribbean, which had been named after a wartime plan he’d dreamt up for defending Gibraltar. The place had no hot water or glass in the windows or cupboards, but it was inspiring enough to be the birthplace of Bond, a true British pirate whose roots can be traced back to the great buccaneers of old who dominated the region.

This rather marvellous book reveals much about the Bond stories and their links with Jamaica, and a huge amount about Fleming and his lifelong love of the place, as well as high-level friends, dodgy love life and sheer unconventional, enviable style.

Put it on the shelf next to your Bond books.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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An excellent book. Like Andrew Lycett's biography of Fleming and Robert Sellers' "The Battle for Bond", it really adds to our knowledge of Fleming. What was very striking for me was how the structure of the book, going from one year's trip to Jamaica to the next emphasised both the desperately sad decline in Fleming's health and in the state of his marriage. It educated me about Jamaica and gave me a lot of fresh insights into the Bond books. Mr Parker is to be congratulated. A seminal work.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden Prose 9 Sep 2014
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This book brilliantly weaves geography, politics. history, sociology and the life of Ian Fleming into a book that remains faithful to its subtitle while never feeling too narrow in its scope. Matthew Parker's research is impeccable and right from the start of the book you feel you're in capable hands. The detail is amazing and the photographs are usefully spread throughout the book and enhance the text. If you love Bond I don't think you can fail to love Goldeneye.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Premium Bond 3 Nov 2014
Format:Hardcover
Love Bond? Enjoy a good biography? Like a bit of history? There's something for everyone in Matthew Parker's most accessible offering yet. Goldeneye brings out the juxtaposition of the bright, sunny Caribbean setting of Ian Fleming's books with the altogether much darker attitudes (no doubt prevalent at the time) towards race, class, gender, family and colonial politics expoused by his famous creation and a very different (and more believable) character emerges than can be found in the cartoon-like movie adaptations. A fascinating backstory to one of the best known fictional heroes in the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By alan
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was hoping for a book that gave a little more insight to Fleming's work routine, perhaps early drafts and how the Bond books were shaped while in Jamaica and even after he left Jamaica and though this book didn't quite offer this info it offered so many other things that I can't not give it the full 5 stars.

This is writing of a wonderful standard. It's research that needs commending and above all it's entertaining, informative and highly recommended. Well done Parker!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent atmosphere. I was a small child in Jamaica at the time but my mother remembers everything from those days round the pool at the Liguanea Club. Very engaging. I recommend Countdown to Doomsday by Michael Lupton if you can find it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really well researched 29 Aug 2014
By warthog
Format:Hardcover
I thought this book was so well researched and I learned a great deal about Jamaica also. I had read the biographies of Ian Flemming some time ago and so I was pleased that Matthew Parker came up with so much more about Ian Flemming and his life on the island. He gives an excellent account of the country that Flemming loved and went back to and where many of his Bond books were written. Matthew Parker brings to life a man that was as extraordinary as the books he wrote and was destined to die before his time due to his lifestyle.
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