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A color photograph of the GoldenEye resort in Jamaica.

Jamaica's
Legendary GoldenEye

Jamaica's
Legendary GoldenEye

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How the lush backdrop for our Fall 2018 campaign has influenced
generations of world-renowned writers, artists and musicians.

How the lush backdrop for our Fall 2018 campaign has influenced generations of world-renowned writers, artists and musicians.

Cofounder of Island Records, Chris Blackwell discusses GoldenEye’s history as the
birthplace of James Bond and how he came to own the storied property.

Cofounder of Island Records, Chris Blackwell discusses GoldenEye’s history as the birthplace of James Bond and how he came to own the storied property.

The Power of Inspiration

The Yurman vision has always been about bringing together creative talents. The family, artisans and designers all create, seeking originality in their work. This philosophy extends to our partnerships with photographers, creative directors, models and all those shaping art and culture through a lens of individuality.
 

Shot by Peter Lindbergh at the GoldenEye resort in Oracabessa, Jamaica, the Fall 2018 campaign celebrates the power of creativity in a place where the tropical landscape, white sand and turquoise-colored water are intimately linked with artistic inspiration.

The Power of Inspiration

The Yurman vision has always been about bringing together creative talents. The family, artisans and designers all create, seeking originality in their work. This philosophy extends to our partnerships with photographers, creative directors, models and all those shaping art and culture through a lens of individuality.
 

Shot by Peter Lindbergh at the GoldenEye resort in Oracabessa, Jamaica, the Fall 2018 campaign celebrates the power of creativity in a place where the tropical landscape, white sand and turquoise-colored water are intimately linked with artistic inspiration.

Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Before he dreamed up secret agent James Bond, writer Ian Fleming served as a naval intelligence officer for England. In 1943, he attended an Anglo-American military conference in Kingston, Jamaica. The island nation's serene beauty enchanted him and he soon bought 15 acres of land—a former donkey racetrack—in the banana port town of Oracabessa (Spanish for “Golden Head”). Fleming sketched a simple villa and named the property after one of his WWII intelligence operations, GoldenEye.

Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Before he dreamed up secret agent James Bond, writer Ian Fleming served as a naval intelligence officer for England. In 1943, he attended an Anglo-American military conference in Kingston, Jamaica. The island nation's serene beauty enchanted him and he soon bought 15 acres of land—a former donkey racetrack—in the banana port town of Oracabessa (Spanish for “Golden Head”). Fleming sketched a simple villa and named the property after one of his WWII intelligence operations, GoldenEye.

A quote by Ian Fleming.

When we have won this blasted war, I am going to live in Jamaica. Just live in Jamaica and lap it up, and swim in the sea and write books.

— I A N   F L E M I N G

When we have won this blasted war, I am going to live in Jamaica. Just live in Jamaica and lap it up, and swim in the sea and write books.

—  I A N   F L E M I N G

A Haven for Artists

Sixty feet away from a crescent-shaped beach, Fleming built a three-bedroom barracks-style house from stone and concrete. It was a structure so Spartan that it reminded his friend and neighbor, the playwright and composer Noël Coward, of a hospital, drolly referring to it as “GoldenEye, nose and throat clinic.”
 

But for Fleming, GoldenEye celebrated the beauty of simplicity with stoically white rooms that perfectly framed vistas of the sea, trees and a private sunken garden. Here, he would bathe at sunrise, snorkel by day and “write the spy story to end all spy stories” as Fleming once told a naval intelligence colleague.

A Haven for Artists

Sixty feet away from a crescent-shaped beach, Fleming built a three-bedroom barracks-style house from stone and concrete. It was a structure so Spartan that it reminded his friend and neighbor, the playwright and composer Noël Coward, of a hospital, drolly referring to it as “GoldenEye, nose and throat clinic.”


But for Fleming, GoldenEye celebrated the beauty of simplicity with stoically white rooms that perfectly framed vistas of the sea, trees and a private sunken garden. Here, he would bathe at sunrise, snorkel by day and “write the spy story to end all spy stories” as Fleming once told a naval intelligence colleague.

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I wrote every one of the Bond thrillers here… Would these books have been born if I had not been living in the gorgeous vacuum of a Jamaican holiday? I doubt it.

—  I A N   F L E M I N G

I wrote every one of the Bond thrillers here… Would these books have been born if I had not been living in the gorgeous vacuum of a Jamaican holiday? I doubt it.

—  I A N   F L E M I N G

A black-and-white photograph of Ian Fleming on the beach at GoldenEye.

Author Ian Fleming on a beach near GoldenEye, 1964.

Author Ian Fleming on a beach near GoldenEye, 1964.

Fleming’s first Bond novel was an instant success and he entertained a coterie of artists, writers, musicians and Hollywood stars at GoldenEye. In 1956, he met Blanche Blackwell, who lived next door. They became close friends and her son Chris became a location scout and soundtrack consultant in 1961 for Dr. No, the first Bond film, upon Fleming’s recommendation.
 

Chris was already heavily involved in the local music scene. Two years earlier at the age of 22, the jazz fanatic fell in love with the songs of a Jamaican band playing at his hotel, and, on a whim, asked to record them. “I just loved the band,” Chris recalls. “It was purely driven by being a fan.” That first session in the studio was the genesis of Island Records, Chris’s wildly successful independent music label that helped introduce Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae to the rest of the world (along with a slew of iconic musicians from the UK.)

Fleming’s first Bond novel was an instant success and he entertained a coterie of artists, writers, musicians and Hollywood stars at GoldenEye. In 1956, he met Blanche Blackwell, who lived next door. They became close friends and her son Chris became a location scout and soundtrack consultant in 1961 for Dr. No, the first Bond film, upon Fleming’s recommendation.


Chris was already heavily involved in the local music scene. Two years earlier at the age of 22, the jazz fanatic fell in love with the songs of a Jamaican band playing at his hotel, and, on a whim, asked to record them. “I just loved the band,” Chris recalls. “It was purely driven by being a fan.” That first session in the studio was the genesis of Island Records, Chris’s wildly successful independent music label that helped introduce Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae to the rest of the world (along with a slew of iconic musicians from the UK.)

A Quote by Chris Blackwell.

I loved music so much, I just wanted to get into it, or be as close to it as I could.

— C H R I S   B L A C K W E L L

I loved music so much, I just wanted to get into it, or be as close to it as I could.

— C H R I S   B L A C K W E L L

In 1964, Fleming suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 56. In the years that followed, Chris’s mother watched over GoldenEye for Fleming’s only son, Caspar. When Caspar passed away, Chris asked his friend Bob Marley to purchase the property, so Blanche could continue to swim there. However, the musician backed out and Chris ended up signing the contract for GoldenEye. Before turning the patch of land into a resort, Chris hosted friends such as Steve Jobs, U2 and Sting, who wrote one of his most enduring hits in one of the villas.
 

Quotes by Ian Fleming, reproduced with the permission of The Ian Fleming Estate, copyright © The Ian Fleming Estate 1942, 1965. www.ianfleming.com

In 1964, Fleming suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 56. In the years that followed, Chris’s mother watched over GoldenEye for Fleming’s only son, Caspar. When Caspar passed away, Chris asked his friend Bob Marley to purchase the property, so Blanche could continue to swim there. However, the musician backed out and Chris ended up signing the contract for GoldenEye. Before turning the patch of land into a resort, Chris hosted friends such as Steve Jobs, U2 and Sting, who wrote one of his most enduring hits in one of the villas.


Quotes by Ian Fleming, reproduced with the permission of The Ian Fleming Estate, copyright © The Ian Fleming Estate 1942, 1965. www.ianfleming.com

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The Fall 2018
Campaign

Discover all of the iconic looks that were
captured at GoldenEye.

The Fall 2018
Campaign

Discover all of the iconic looks that were
captured at GoldenEye.