James Bond in Jamaica

Any James Bond lovers looking for the perfect vacation should start making plans to visit the stunning Caribbean island of Jamaica. A comfortable stay at a beautiful Jamaica hotel will put you right into one of the most fascinating and tropical chapters of the great James Bond legacy.

The creator of James Bond, author Ian Fleming came to Jamaica for the first time when he was working for the British spy agency during World War II. He was searching for German submarines, but what he found was a tropical paradise, which became his second home. From the early 1940s on, Fleming came to Jamaica every winter. He wrote a number of his famous James Bond books here, and several of the spy thrillers were set in Jamaica, including Live and Let Die, and The Man with Golden Gun. A number of the popular James Bond movies were also shot on the island, triggering global interest in the lush landscape and generating an increase in Jamaican tourism.

The first Bond movie Dr. No, starring the handsome Sean Connery as Bond and beautiful Ursula Andress as bikini-clad Honey Ryder, was shot in the city of Kingston, at the airport, in Falmouth, and at the Laughing Waters Beach in Ocho Rios. The movie also gave the world its first look at the iconic Dunn’s River Falls. Falmouth was once again used as a setting I the follow up movie of Live and Let Die. That movie also used the breath taking Green Grotto Caves as a setting for the villain`s lair. Fleming spent more than 20 winters living in Jamaica`s paradise. He bought a house on the island, naming it Goldeneye.

Today, his home is a world class Jamaica hotel, and the beach has been renamed James Bond Beach, in honour of the former resident. As well, the new airport east of Ocho Rios was named the Ian Fleming International Airport, opened in January 2011.