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007 in Jamaica

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007 in Jamaica

Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica

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Not only did Ian Fleming include Jamaica in the plotlines for books like Live and Let Die, Dr. No, Octopussy, and The Man with the Golden Gun, he also lived on the island. Fleming wrote all of his Bond books at his Goldeneye estate, which is now an exclusive clifftop resort in the village of Oracabessa, about 20 minutes drive from Ocho Rios.

No surprise, then, that the first Bond film, "Dr. No," was filmed partly in Jamaica (the working title of the movie was "Commander Jamaica.") Scenes were filmed in Kingston, and the fictional "Crab Key" was where Bond famously meets Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) on the beach wearing a white bikini and a diver's knife. The iconic scene from the 1962 movie was filmed at Laughing Waters Beach in Ocho Rios and at an undeveloped Dunn's River Falls (almost unrecognizable today). Other Dr. No scenes were filmed at Ocho Rios' Bauxite terminal (familiar to anyone who has made a cruise-ship stop here), the Blue Mountains, and Montego Bay.

The former Sans Souci hotel, now part of the Couples San Souci resort, appeared in the film as well, as did the Morgan's Harbour Hotel in Port Royal.

In 1973's Live and Let Die, the Green Grotto caves in Runaway Bay was the setting for villain Mr. Kananga's lair; a bungalow at the Half Moon Bay Club also appears as Bond's hotel room in the fictional voodoo island of "San Monique." The famous crocodile scene in the film was shot at Jamaica Safari Village, in Falmouth near Montego Bay and now known as Swaby's Swamp Safari.

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