Ian Fleming, a former British intelligence officer, discovered Jamaica during a WWII mission in 1942. Four years later, he purchased 15 acres of under-developed tropical land and named it GoldenEye to pay homage to his naval operation that first brought him to the island. He resided at the property each winter for more than two decades and wrote a new Bond novel each winter for a total of 14 books.
Today, the property is owned by Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, who made the likes of Bob Marley household names. Fleming’s villa, where his original writing desk still stands, remains available for overnight stays. Blackwell’s history with the property spans decades. In 1956, Fleming met Chris’ mother, Blanche Blackwell, who lived next door. They became close friends and Chris became a location scout in 1961 for Dr. No upon Fleming’s recommendation. Chris and his mother spent many afternoons at GoldenEye – enjoying lunch in Fleming’s sunken garden and swimming in the crystalline lagoon.
In celebration of the 25th Bond film, No Time To Die, Blackwell Rum has partnered with the 007 franchise by creating a special limited edition 007 of his Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum.
The involvement from Blackwell has made this very special relationship come full circle. The upcoming Bond movie, No Time To Die, has been partly shot in Jamaica and Blackwell Rum makes its film debut in James Bond’s house in Jamaica where he is enjoying retirement.
Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum is inspired by his family’s time-honoured recipe. This aged, rich and fragrant dark gold rum is filled with the warmth and sensuality of Jamaica. “This is a rum that celebrates Jamaica, my friendships, and also my family legacy,” adds Blackwell.
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