Some of James Bond's leading ladies were inspired by the quirky names of farms in South East England, according to 007's leading historian.
Spurred on by a comment author Ian Fleming made about the names of his Bond girls when superfan Graham Rye was a child, the editor of 007Magazine.co.uk has spent years studying maps of Kent, where Fleming once lived.
As well as discovering Fleming used the county countryside, pubs and buildings as settings for Bond segments, Rye also discovered what his hero meant when he said, "I go out into Romney Marsh and hope to find one there," when asked how he created his heroines in a 1960s interview.
Rye says, "While this may sound rather fanciful, it was something that lingered in my memory from that day forward.
"Ian Fleming loved the Kent countryside... He purchased White Cliffs Cottage (in Dover) from his good friend Noel Coward."
Rye's investigation has led the 007 historian to believe Fleming's travels around his beloved Kent gave the author inspiration for characters like Miss Moneypenny and Honeychile Rider.
He adds, "Scrutinising the Ordnance Survey Maps of Kent... I was amazed to discover that on Romney Marsh there was in fact a Moneypenny Farm, a Honeychild Manor Farm (still a fully working arable farm with a dairy herd of 250 cows).
"And a few miles away near Rye, East Sussex was The Hammonds Country Hotel... The Hammonds (were) the married couple who acted as housekeepers for M, the head of British Intelligence and 007's chief.
"Suddenly I could picture Ian Fleming running an eyeglass over these Ordnance Survey maps of the area with a wry smile while looking for likely other input for his James Bond novels.
"Coincidentally, there's even a small village near Staple called Flemings!"
Rye has documented his findings in the latest online magazine.
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