From Kent, With Love: Ian Fleming & James Bond -  The Kentish Connection
Number 007 National Express coach
Dover Docks

DOVER
To date, the only James Bond film to have a sequence actually filmed in Kent is Diamonds Are Forever (1971). The film did not feature the obligatory scene in M's office, so it was decided to have Miss Moneypenny appear as a customs officer at Dover docks, from where 007 departs for the continent by Hovercraft in the guise of Peter Franks. The short scene featured Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny, Sean Connery as James Bond and introduced Joe Robinson as Peter Franks.

Lois Maxwell and Sean Connery in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

ABOVE: Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny with Sean Connery as James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

With the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway also in the adjacent area it doesn’t take a giant leap of imagination to believe Ian Fleming fashioned ‘Pistols’ Scaramanga’s narrow-gauge railway, on which Bond fights for his life in the climax of THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, from the world’s smallest public railway. One can imagine the author sitting in the train’s miniature carriage drawing on his Morland’s three rings in his cigarette holder during a sedate journey from Hythe to the fisherman’s cottages and lighthouses of Dungeness and back again, blocking out the action of his novel in his mind’s eye and jotting down ideas in his ever-present notebook. And surely too, it’s no coincidence that the National Express coach service from London Victoria to Deal is number SH-007!

Special thanks to Fred Bryant for his assistance with the preparation of this article.

THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Daily Express comic strip by HORAK THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN Daily Express comic strip by HORAK
Ian Fleming at his typewriter Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway
Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway

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