Following in James Bond’s Footsteps: A Tour of Jamaica’s Hollywood Hotspots

Drake, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Queen Latifah, Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Scarlett Johansson, Ralph and Ricky Lauren, Kate Moss, Jude Law, Paul McCartney, Gwen Stefani—the list of celebrities who love Jamaica goes on forever. This isn’t really anything new for the Caribbean’s third largest island. However, its connection to the glitterati and Hollywood royalty goes back to the early ‘40s and the fortuitous arrival of matinée idol Errol Flynn. Caught in a storm as he was passing the island in 1942, he was forced to dock in Kingston before hitching a ride on a motorcycle to Port Antonio, which he declared to be ”more beautiful than any woman I have ever known".

Soon Flynn’s famous friends like Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe started arriving, their glamour attracting even more visitors. English actor and playwright Noel Coward and Ian Fleming were other early adopters. Fleming, a naval intelligence officer and author of the James Bond books, vowed to build a house in Jamaica after World War II where he could focus on writing, and did so in 1946. Called Goldeneye, it is now a hotel. In 1961, Dr. No, the first James Bond film, was captured in Jamaica, the beginning of many Hollywood classics to take advantage of its pristine natural setting. On a recent tour of the island we visited some of these key locations:

Jared Paul Stern

Jared Paul Stern, JustLuxe's Editor-at-Large, is the Executive Editor-at-Large at Maxim magazine and has written for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the New York Times' T magazine, GQ, WWD, Vogue, New York magazine, Details, Hamptons magazine, Playboy, BlackBook, the New York Post, Man of the World, and Bergdorf Goodman magazine among others. The founding editor of the Page Six magazine, ...(Read More)