Laura Dannen Redman
In his book Goldeneye,author Matthew Parker takes us to mid-century Jamaica, a time and place that set the scene for the making of James Bond.
James Bond—symbol of mid-century masculinity—was created, somewhat ironically, in the throes of author Ian Fleming’s first year of marriage. The playboy often quipped that he started writing Casino Royaleto take his mind off the “hideous spectre of matrimony,” though his wife Ann was said to be the one who really prodded him to action during those languorous days they first spent together on a secluded stretch of Jamaica’s north coast. Within a small concrete house, backed by banana groves and high above a white sand beach, the Bond legacy began.
So the story goes in Matthew Parker's Goldeneye: Where Bond Was Born: Ian Fleming’s Jamaica(Pegasus Books), a new addition to the Bond canon. Part biography, part travelogue, Goldeneyeis a kind of mature tell-all that combines Fleming’s past—and all its booze-soaked details—with a historian’s careful dissection of the decline of the British Empire and the emergence of the 1950s...more
Karin Halperin | Conde Nast Traveler
The United States announced a loosening of rules that will make it easier for U.S. travelers to visit Cuba—but don't start making your grand Havana plans just yet. Following President Obama's December call for re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba after a 54-year halt, the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Commerce today announced new specific measures, which take effect Friday, to ease restrictions on travel to the island nation.
While the moves signal more leeway in travel and commerce between the two estranged countries, it's not exactly full-on tourism yet.
U.S. travelers will still have to fall into one of the 12 authorized categories—such as visiting family, conducting U.S. or foreign government business, pursuing journalistic or educational activities—but they will no longer have to obtain a specific license from the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. They can self-report their travel purpose.
Since the new rules will also allow airlines and travel agents to circumvent an OFAC license to provide service to Cuba, U.S. travelers will be...more
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