On Feb. 5 56 years ago, James and Mary Bond left their room at the Mona Hotel (once the Mona Great House) outside Kingston in Jamaica and drove over the Blue Mountains to drop in unexpectedly -- but not uninvited -- at Goldeneye, the winter home of Ian Fleming.
Things were a bit tense at first, as Fleming feared that Bond was going to try to sue him for identity theft. Fleming even challenged Bond about a bird identification to see if Bond was for real.
Bond passed, and they soon got along famously.
Although much has been written about that day, one mystery remains.
I write about the meeting -- and the mystery -- in "The Real James Bond," published by Schiffer Books.
The top photo, of the Fleming Villa at GoldenEye, is courtesy of Island Outpost.
The photo above right, the only known image of their meeting, was taken by Mary Bond and is used here courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
The photo below, of the Mona Hotel, was also taken by Mary Bond and is used here courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia as well.