Want to visit Goldeneye?

License to chill: Take it easy at Goldeneye, Ian Fleming\’s luxurious Jamaica estate.

The first three paragraphs of the article:

ORCABESSA, Jamaica – “Relax, man,” said Ramsey, giving me the first ingredient of “The Commander’s” secret recipe for a happy life. “Drink water with your rum, eat a little red meat but more fish, swim, fish and keep the drinking, the cigarettes and the women in moderation (and at a long distance from your wife).”

Ramsey Dacosta, now 66, used to be the houseboy for the British author Ian Fleming at his Jamaican home, “Goldeneye.” It was here in this seaside retreat that Fleming completed 13 of his James Bond books, beginning with “Casino Royale” in 1952.

The writer bought the northshore property in “the beautiful banana port of Orcabessa” (as he described the area in “Live and Let Die”) for $7,712 in 1946. That same year, playwright Noel Coward rented the property for two months.

I hope to go there someday. It would be a treat to visit the house where these books that I am reading once again were all written. The next Casino Royale update should be ready in the next day or so.