GoldenEye hotel package celebrates Ian Fleming and his creations

GoldenEye in Jamaica is offering a package to mark the 70th anniversary of “Casino Royale,” the first novel in the  “James Bond” series created by Ian Fleming, who built GoldenEye as his private estate in the mid-1940s.

The Ultimate Ian Fleming Experience is a four-night package that includes accommodations in a one-bedroom Lagoon Cottage; a guided snorkeling excursion through reefs frequented by Fleming; a tour of his villa (based on availability) where his writing desk and typewriter remain; a bottle of Bollinger Champagne, featured in many of the films; and a bottle of the 007 collector’s edition of Blackwell Rum. GoldenEye is owned by record executive and producer Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, who served as a location scout in Jamaica for “Dr. No,” the first film in the Bond series.

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Fleming had been a former British naval intelligence officer when he first traveled to Jamaica during a World War II mission in 1942. Four years later, he purchased 15 acres of underdeveloped land and named it GoldenEye to pay homage to the naval operation that first brought him to the island. He lived there every winter for more than two decades and penned all 14 Bond novels on site. Among those whom Fleming hosted at GoldenEye’s sunken garden were British prime minister Anthony Eden, playwright Noel Coward and actor Katharine Hepburn.

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Package rates start at $3,700, and are available for stays through Oct. 31.

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