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A license to build: Fleming's Goldeneye in jeopardy?

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 04:35 AM


A license to build: Fleming's Goldeneye in jeopardy?

We've been exploiting you, Mr Bond. A row has erupted over plans to build "a Barratt-style housing estate" a stone's throw from the Caribbean retreat where Ian Fleming penned his 007 novels.

Fleming's friends, fans and family fear the writer's idyllic Jamaican hideaway, Goldeneye, will be transformed into a "celebrity theme park" by the development which is due to begin this month.

"It's an act of vandalism," said Fleming's biographer John Pearson. "I'm appalled. It is a really sad, tacky thing to do. The whole idea would have had poor old Ian Fleming turning in his grave."

"It has remained remarkably unspoiled over time. It gives you an idea of the way Fleming worked. It was a place where he could relax and let his imagination run riot. A quarter of the world's population have seen a James Bond film and Goldeneye is the centre of the whole cult thing.

"Goldeneye is the only connection Ian had with Jamaica and it's an awful pity to lose it. The Jamaicans shouldn't let it be mucked up. It makes no sense other than the money it will generate for the developers."