Discover 007 Country
Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond who is the iconic spy known all over the world as 007, was so inspired by White Cliffs Country and Kent that he based his thrilling adventure stories on places, buildings and people here.
His connections with White Cliffs Country began in the early 1930s when, as a founder member of a small dining club made up of old Etonian friends, he spent weekends playing golf at Royal St George's Golf Course at Sandwich.
In two of Fleming's books much of the story is set in this area of Kent. Moonraker, written in 1955, is largely based in St Margaret's and Kingsdown. Goldfinger, written in 1959, features the Royal St Mark's, otherwise known as the Royal St George's Golf Course at Sandwich.
The landscapes and buildings Fleming describes are real places which he knew and visited. Many of them can still be seen today. Even the name 007 derives from the bus service that still operates by National Express between here and London!
After many enjoyable visits to the Granville Hotel in St Margaret's Bay he bought a cottage by the sea from his friend Noel Coward and spent the next ten years spending weekends and holidays there with his wife whilst writing his latest novels. Visit the museum at The Pines Garden Museum and Tea Room to discover more.