Golden Eye Nose and Throat*

*Noel Coward’s name for Ian Fleming’s house in Jamaica, Goldeneye (“because it reminded him of a hospital.”).

From Wikipedia:

“…(Ian) Fleming also worked with Colonel “Wild Bill” Donovan, President Franklin D. Roosevelt‘s special representative on intelligence co-operation between London and Washington. In May 1941 Fleming accompanied Godfrey to the United States, where he assisted in writing a blueprint for the Office of the Coordinator of Information, the department that turned into the Office of Strategic Servicesand eventually became the CIA.

Admiral Godfrey put Fleming in charge of Operation Goldeneye between 1941 and 1942; Goldeneye was a plan to maintain an intelligence framework in Spain in the event of a German takeover of the territory…

…In 1942 Fleming attended an Anglo-American intelligence summit in Jamaica and, despite the constant heavy rain during his visit, he decided to live on the island once the war was over. His friend Ivar Bryce helped find a plot of land in Saint Mary Parish where, in 1945, Fleming had a house built, which he named Goldeneye. The name of the house and estate where he wrote his novels has many possible sources. Fleming himself mentioned both his wartime Operation Goldeneye and Carson McCullers’ 1941 novel Reflections in a Golden Eye, which described the use of British naval bases in the Caribbean by the American navy…

…Fleming took the name for his character from that of the American ornithologist James Bond, an expert on Caribbean birds and author of the definitive field guide Birds of the West Indies. Fleming, himself a keen birdwatcher, had a copy of Bond’s guide, and later told the ornithologist’s wife, “that this brief, unromantic, Anglo-Saxon and yet very masculine name was just what I needed, and so a second James Bond was born”.”

NB: (Neil Burdess): “Considering that the Anglo-Saxon period ended nearly 1,000 years ago, there are a surprising number of Old English names still in use. Some have been modernised – for example, Ælfræd became Alfred – but the original names are still recognisable. Other Anglo-Saxon male names include Alwin, Chad, Cuthbert, Edgar, Edmund, Edward, Godwin, Harold and Wilfred. Interestingly, Edward, Alfred and Wilfred are still popular. There aren’t as many recognisable female names, but they include Audrey, Edith, Ethel, Hilda and Mildred. Only Edith is a popular name today.”

From: Noel Coward – a Biography (1995), by Philip Hoare:

“In February (1949) Coward returned to Jamaica and his newly built house, Blue Harbour…

Wedged into the side of the limestone cliff, Blue Harbour was unpretentious but functioned well, with its open-air terraces and rooms with unglazed windows; facing the north-east, it caught the early morning sun, perfect for a writer addicted to rising at dawn. The drawback was the loss of spectacular sunsets as the sun slipped behind the Blue Mountains to the west; night fell at Blue Harbour like a safety curtain. The house felt secure, solid enough to withstand the frequent hurricanes, and the rocks below formed protective coves for private bathing…like (Ian) Fleming, (Coward) was addicted to snorkelling along the coral reefs…

In February (1956) Coward repaired to Jamaica, where the house on Firefly Hill was finished…Below was Port Maria, the successive bays beyond, and the Blue Mountains in the distance. (When Coward showed Lynn Fontanne the view, the staggered ranges of valleys and hills stretching into the distance, he said, ‘Isn’t it marvellous?’ ‘No,’ replied the actress, ‘it reminds me of too many empty seats.’) Below, too, were his neighbours, Blanche Blackwell at Bolt House, the Flemings at Goldeneye, and his own guests at Blue Harbour…

(1962) The first Bond film, Dr No, was being made in Jamaica. Coward and Fleming, walking along the beach at Ocho Rios, had to duck the cameras as Ursula Andress emerged from the surf, clad in a white bikini…”

From the website of Dymchurch Parish Council:

“Noel (1899-1973) greatly admired Edith (Nesbit)’s stories from childhood; even when he died a copy of Edith’s story The Enchanted Castle was at his bedside.”

From: The Enchanted Castle (1907), by E. Nesbit:

“Oh, if I could choose,” said Mabel, “of course I’d marry a brigand, and live in his mountain fastness, and be kind to his captives and help them to escape and-“ “You’ll be a real treasure to your husband.” said Gerald.”

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