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Entertainment: James Bond girl's local link

Contributed by editor on Jun 27, 2008 - 12:00 AM


A James Bond historian has revealed that some of the Bond girls'
quirky names were names of farms in Shepway and the southeast.

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Graham Rye's investigation has led the 007 historian
to believe Fleming's travels around his beloved Kent gave the author
inspiration for characters like Miss Moneypenny and Honeychile Rider.

He spent years studying maps of the county of Kent, where Bond author
Ian Fleming lived, and discovered that Fleming used the countryside,
pubs and buildings as settings for story segments reports

Once when Fleming was asked how he created his heroines, he said: "I go
out into Romney Marsh and hope to find one there."

Mr Rye said: "While this may sound rather fanciful, it was something
that lingered in my memory from that day forward. Ian Fleming loved the
Kent countryside. He bought White Cliffs Cottage near Dover from his
good friend Noel Coward."

He adds, "Scrutinising the Ordnance Survey Maps of Kent, I was amazed to
discover that on Romney Marsh there was in fact a Moneypenny Farm, a
Honeychild Manor Farm, and a few miles away near Rye, East Sussex was
The Hammonds Country Hotel.

"The Hammonds were the married couple who acted as housekeepers for 'M',
the head of British Intelligence and 007's chief.

"Suddenly, I could picture Ian Fleming running an eyeglass over the maps
of the area with a wry smile while looking for another input for his
James Bond novels. Coincidentally, there's even a small village near
Staple called Flemings!"

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