London, Apr 5 : James Bond creator Ian Fleming wrote all the 007 adventures at "Golden Eye", his Jamaican seaside villa. And now, Fleming's home is to be turned into a 120 million dollar resort.
The resort will have facilities for sports stars, rock musicians and businessmen.
The work on the project began recently, which will include 85 homes ranging in price from 750,000 dollars to three million dollars, two restaurants, a health spa, delicatessen, supermarket and water sports centre.
The 70-year-old Chris Blackwell, who's the owner of Golden Eye, believes that it can be preserved. He hopes that the project will become an example of how luxury tourism can help society: the new development is expected to create 1,500 jobs on site and in the surrounding area, where unemployment is about 70 per cent.
"The Jamaican people are the root of my success and I want to give something back. I will keep Fleming's house as it is so that people can see the Golden Eye that he wrote in, but the future of this place is as a resort location," Times Online quoted him, as saying.
Fleming fell in love with Jamaica during a conference on the U-boat threat to the Caribbean in 1942. He bought the 15-acre plot four years later and built a house, which he named Golden Eye after a wartime operation that was never put into action. He wintered there for the rest of his life.