A new international airport for private jets and small commercial aircraft has been unveiled in northern Jamaica, named after the British thriller writer who invented the literary and cinematic super spy James Bond.
Ian Fleming International Airport is close to the scenic retreat where the late author reportedly wrote all 14 of his books about the elegant, crafty spy.
The property is now an exclusive resort owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell, who is credited with introducing reggae great Bob Marley’s music to the world.
The small airport, formerly called the Boscobel Aerodrome, features a terminal with customs and immigration sections to accommodate global travellers.
Officials said the facility just outside the coastal town of Orcabessa is the Caribbean island’s third international airport.
The 007 author’s niece, Lucy Fleming, who travelled from her Oxfordshire home to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony, said her uncle would have been thrilled to see an airport emblazoned with his name in the Jamaican parish of St Mary.
“He adored Jamaica and found so much inspiration and relaxation here. So I tell you something, to have this accolade of having an airport named after him here I know would have been a great honour for him,” Ms Fleming said. “Honestly, I don’t think he would have written those (Bond) books without Jamaica.”
Fleming first visited Jamaica in 1942, when he was an intelligence agent in Bermuda.
He returned and bought a property he dubbed GoldenEye four years later. It was at GoldenEye where Fleming sat down at his desk to write Casino Royale, launching the phenomenally successful series that is still going strong.
He named his dashing spy after an unassuming US ornithologist who wrote Birds of the West Indies. Fleming died in 1964.