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Goldeneye

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Overview - Goldeneye. Copyright Goldeneye.

If any man is an island it's Chris Blackwell, who founded Island Records in 1959. A brilliantly independent label just off the coast of the music industry, Island did more to change the cultural landscape than any record label in history. Island Records brought reggae music to the world outside Jamaica, with Blackwell himself producing Bob Marley and the Wailers. Island broke British acts like Traffic, Bad Company, ELP, Free, Fairport Convention, King Crimson, and the greatest of world music from the Irish traditionalists The Chieftains to Africans like King Sunny Ade. It brought us such independent spirits as Roxy Music, Brian Eno, Sparks, Grace Jones, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Waits and that Irish band, U2. Blackwell purchased GoldenEye from the Fleming estate in 1976. Since then, he has grown the original 19 acre property, with just Fleming's Villa, into a 52-acre world class property that is the flagship of Blackwell's Island Outpost properties.



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Chris Blackwell talks about lunch with Ian Fleming and Noel Coward


 
 
 
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Ian Fleming first came to Jamaica during WWII, sent by Naval Intelligence to investigate U-Boat activities in the Caribbean. It was difficult for him to keep his mind on the war, such was the beauty of the place and its people. It was love at first glance. Paradise on earth. He knew that when the war ended, it was there that he would live out his life, in the sun, by the sea. He had visited a property on the sea in the little village of Oracabessa Bay, which means "golden head." By chance he had been working on a naval operation called GoldenEye. He bought the property, and when the war ended, built his dream house–a perfect place to heal the psychic wounds of war and escape the civility of civilization. Above all it was a place to dream. And it was at GoldenEye that he dreamed up James Bond, 007, who turned out to be an escape for millions of readers.

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Review date:   February 6, 2018 5:32AM
 
Review:   Dreamy property in a secluded setting on the beach and with a lagoon. Nicely appointed private cottages and bungalows are located on the beach, on the lagoon, or somewhere in between. Time definitely seems to slow down in this tranquil getaway that is basically off the grid.
 
Author:   Shane Campbell
 
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Review date:   June 16, 2017 10:45PM
 
Review:   Such a lovely low key place. You can get away from the hustle and bustle and relax. The staff is extremely helpful and accommodating. They go out of their way to make your stay fabulous! Ask for Laurel to drive you around Oracabessa. She's the best.
 
Author:   Judy Horton
 
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Review date:   November 27, 2017 9:08PM
 
Review:   Best place on earth. Do NOT hesitate to go there !!
 
Author:   Nadine Tremblay
 
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Review date:   August 27, 2017 3:08AM
 
Review:   I had an amazing time here:) Wish I could stay longer:( Thank you for giving us an amazing time:) The Glass Bottom Boat ride was amazing! As well as the beaches! Thank you, Ricardo from the Patel and Chandiram families:) We hope to come back, soon:)
 
Author:   Asher Patel
 
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Review date:   November 15, 2017 4:47AM
 
Review:   This place amazing some of the best food around the world
 
Author:   Leighton Richards
 
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