Thursday, April 17th, 2008...3:07 pm

James Bond, alive on Navy Island

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navy island. where flemming conjured bond.

Ian Flemming is famed to have dreamed-up 007 from this place. But the present day ‘reception’ on Navy Island looks a million miles away from the tidy scenes of Moneypenny’s office and Q’s futuristic armory. Moonraker? Well….the landing dock here today needs a pretty good rake of the old-fashioned horticultural kind- and that’s being kind. Having said that, it is a million times all the better for it. The ram-shackled, broken, abandoned rooms, shutters and stairwells hang heavy with atmosphere and it isn’t long before you are trying to grasp the ghost of Flemming’s inspiration from the same air. I often find it appealing to visit somewhere in the world that has spawned a global icon and the setting here did not disappoint – it’s as if the debris you find has lived multiple aftermaths of Bond’s battles.

navy island. where flemming conjured bond.

navy island. where flemming conjured bond.

Technically you are no longer ‘allowed’ on the island today, as it is private property and not open to the public. With this in mind we stayed only a few minutes – but could not resist taking a few snaps…(sorry)…at each move anticipating Jaws, or some other Odd Ball, to emerge in scuba gear from the surrounding waters.

Select scenes feature, and video footage below:

How to get there?

navy island. where flemming conjured bond.

Island of Bond from ashore. Quaint.

navy island. where flemming conjured bond.

Murals from a bygone era:

navy island. where flemming conjured bond.

There’s something fishy going on here:

navy island. where flemming conjured bond.

Atmospheric sight, through blinds:

navy island. where flemming conjured bond.

Where is this? Show me on a map…

Intrigued? Want more? Watch the video!…

Article and photographs by Oliver Wright. Video by Jermaine Evans.

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