Posts in Six Degrees
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION : Slim Aarons and ThunderBall
Slim Aarons captures film producer Kevin McClory takes his wife Bobo Sigrist and their family for a drive in an ‘Amphicar’ across the harbour between Paradise Island and Nassau, 1967. Hanging in  Cottage Sweet Escape .

Slim Aarons captures film producer Kevin McClory takes his wife Bobo Sigrist and their family for a drive in an ‘Amphicar’ across the harbour between Paradise Island and Nassau, 1967. Hanging in Cottage Sweet Escape.

Kevin McClory was an Irish screenwriter, producer, and director. McClory was best known for adapting Ian Fleming's James Bond character for the screen, for producing Thunderball, and for his legal battles with Fleming.

Ian Fleming and Ivar Bryce met in 1917, on a beach in Cornwall. Sharing similar interests and social status—Bryce’s father made a fortune in the guano business and Fleming’s grandfather founded a Scottish merchant bank—the two became fast friends. They attended the same college, and both served in British intelligence during World War Two. In 1950 Bryce married heiress Josephine Hartford, whose grandfather founded the Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company.

In 1957, McClory produced and directed a film, The Boy On The Bridge, with financial assistance from heiress Josephine Hartford Bryce, the sister of Huntington Hartford II (the founder and owner of The Ocean Club) and her husband was Ivor Bryce. In 1958 Fleming approached McClory to produce the first Bond film. McClory rejected all of Fleming's books but felt that the character James Bond could be adapted for the screen. In 1961, without permission, Fleming novelised the draft screenplay Thunderball making it his ninth novel which initially did not credit McClory or any other writers of the screen adaptation of the character of James Bond.

Dust Jacket for  Thunderball  by artist Richard Wasey Chopping (14 April 1917 – 17 April 2008), a British illustrator and author best known for his painting the dust-jackets of the Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. His illustrations covered 9 novels from 1957 to 1966 for James Bond books by Ian Fleming and the cover of John Gardner's first Bond continuation novel,  Licence Renewed  (1981). Several original dust-jackets by Chopping are hung in the Ian Fleming/Sean Connery bedroom at Chalet Sweet Escape.

Dust Jacket for Thunderball by artist Richard Wasey Chopping (14 April 1917 – 17 April 2008), a British illustrator and author best known for his painting the dust-jackets of the Ian Fleming's James Bond novels. His illustrations covered 9 novels from 1957 to 1966 for James Bond books by Ian Fleming and the cover of John Gardner's first Bond continuation novel, Licence Renewed (1981). Several original dust-jackets by Chopping are hung in the Ian Fleming/Sean Connery bedroom at Chalet Sweet Escape.

Having received a pre-released copy of Thunderball, the novel by Fleming, McClory sued in 1961, postponing its release. In 1963, in an out-of-court settlement, McClory gained the literary and film rights for the screenplay, while Fleming was given the rights to the novel, although it had to be recognised as being "based on a screen treatment by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham and the Author”. Fleming, unfortunately, was unwell through most of this process and passed away August 12, 1964. The film, staring Sean Connery as Bond, premiered on 9 December 1965 in Tokyo and opened on 29 December 1965 in the UK; it remained the highest-grossing Bond film until Live and Let Die (1973).

The legal rights McClory had previously gained in 1963, allowed him to retell the Thunderball movie as 1983’s “Never Say Never Again”, marking the return of Sean Connery in the lead role, and also his last time as 007. It also was the only Bond dramatic feature made outside of the family of producer Cubby Broccoli. In fact, the movie was released the same year as another Bond pic, “Octopussy,” starring Roger Moore.

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The Battle for Bond (2007), by Robert Sellers, is a cinema history book of how the literary character James Bond metamorphosed to the cinema James Bond. The book details the collaboration among film producer Kevin McClory, novelist Ian Fleming, screenwriter Jack Whittingham and others to create the film Thunderball.

The first release of the book features unpublished letters, private lawsuit documents and cast-crew interviews; there are also five Thunderball screenplays, two by Fleming, three by Whittingham, and two treatments by Fleming that document the creation and development of this James Bond project. The Ian Fleming estate, the Ian Fleming Will Trust, protested the inclusion of several Fleming letters in the book, which it said were used without permission. The book was subsequently withdrawn and unsold copies sent to the estate for disposal. The publisher, Tomahawk Press, later published a second edition without the letters, which it claimed were not fundamental to the story.

May 2019

To life, love, and loot: NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN AND CAPTAIN MORGAN

Plantation to Politician

Arthur Neville Chamberlain (18 March 1869 – 9 November 1940) was a British statesman and Conservative Party politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1937 to May 1940. 

Joseph Chamberlain, Neville’s father, made his career in Birmingham, first as a manufacturer of screws and then as a notable mayor of the city. He was a radical Liberal Party member.  In 1891, Joseph sent his 21 year old son, Neville Chamberlain, to establish a sisal plantation on Andros Island in the Bahamas in an effort to recoup diminished family fortunes. Neville spent time on many islands of The Bahamas including much of his youth in Green Turtle Cay. At one point it was incorrectly reported that the Chamberlain family purchased the whole of Mayaguana Island in the Southern Bahamas.

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Neville Chamberlain spent six years on Andros but the plantation was a failure.  Neville left Andros finally in 1897, and went on to a successful political career. Joseph Chamberlain lost £50,000; the family finances were severely impaired from the loss but they soldiered forward in the years to come. 

Visit Andros onboard Yacht Sweet Escape

Divers exploring Andros's Ocean Blue Hole, an underwater cave system. - Jad Davenport

Divers exploring Andros's Ocean Blue Hole, an underwater cave system. - Jad Davenport

Andros is rich with cultural and historical landmarks, including a lighthouse with cannons from an old wreck, an old pirate's well and cave, native colony ruins, quaint towns with evocative names, plus a sisal and a batik factory. You’ll also want to experience crab-catching, a staple of the economy, and an outing can be arranged for you to see locals in-action.

The Andros dive experience ranges from shallow water, wreck and blue-hole dives to dramatic wall dives off the 6,000-feet-deep Tongue of the Ocean. About 1-1½ miles off the east coast of Andros sits the Andros Barrier Reef, the world’s third-largest fringing barrier reef, measuring 190 miles long and home to more than 160 species of coral and fish. Divers will find endless fascination entering the blue holes found all over the island, legendary sites where you can peer into the lair of the Lucsa (a mythical blue-hole dwelling monster) or see the holes “breathe” as water flows in and out with the tides. Experienced local guides are available to lead you to all of the sites safely. 

Visit Andros for an eco-tour to learn more about Chamberlain’s sisal farm. This seasonal tour which features the farms of North Andros gives visitors a glimpse into Bahamian agriculture at its best. While on the tour, you will be given an opportunity to speak with local farmers concerning methods used in growing crops, as well as sample produce in season. Guides will talk about the unique soil structure of the island and the crops that are grown seasonally and year round. They would also give a lecture on the history of farming in Andros going back to the Chamberlain Sisal Plantation to date.

PANAMA AND PIRATES

Captain Morgan’s Cave

Captain Morgan’s Cave

Andros has many ecotourism options and for the treasure hunter, you can visit Captain Morgan’s cave. Morgan’s Bluff, the highest point in Andros, is named for the 17th-century Welsh privateer of the Caribbean. Sir Henry Morgan, 1635- 25 August 1688, was a very successful pirate and earned the title of Sir as a result of his daring and spectacular raid on one of the richest cities at that time - Panama City. It is said he was particularly fond of The Bahamas and that much of his bounty was buried there. Since 2011, the spice rum label has used the slogan "To Life, Love and Loot."


Dive site map of Andros

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May 2019

DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT and Who Let The Dogs Out?
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Recently while on charter in the Southern Bahamas there was the super moon! This picture was of the moon in the penultimate evening of the super moon, twas a clear and dreamy sky. We could not help but dance in the Bahamian moonlight!

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"Dancing in the Moonlight" is a song written and originally recorded by the French-American rock group King Harvest. It was released as a single in 1972 and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1994 the Baha Men released the song as a single, but it failed to chart. Their version was later used in the movie Fat Albert. In 1994 Baha Men music was also featured in the movie My Father the Hero. The movie was mostly filmed on Paradise Island with a purpose built set on Cabbage Beach.

"André Arnel (Gérard Depardieu), a Frenchman divorced from his wife, takes his teenage daughter, Nicole (Katherine Heigl), on vacation with him to The Bahamas. She is desperate to appear as a woman and not a girl, so in order to impress a local boy Ben (Dalton James), she makes up more and more ridiculous stories, starting with André being her lover and leading to some bizarre assumptions by the rest of the community."

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The film featured music and appearances by the Baha Men. The group's songs create the movie's island soundtrack.
"Back to the Island"
"Mo' Junkanoo"
"Gin and Coconut Water (Traditional)"
"Land of the Sea and Sun"
"Oh, Father"
"Island Boy"

During the summer of 2000, one of the most familiar, yet unanswered questions, “Who Let the Dogs Out”, launched one of the most beloved bands, the Baha Men, into our hearts and homes. Their pulsating Island rhythms seemed to appeal to everyone, as “Who Let the Dogs Out” immediately rose to the top of the charts throughout the world. They were a band long before this moment, but as Rolling Stone Magazine declared, “After 20 years, the Baha Men are an overnight success.”

Yacht Sweet Escape has a huge library of films that feature The Bahamas. Be sure to ask for recommendations as the list is extensive! You may want to dance in the moonlight every night while on charter, with an amazing audio system onboard you can find your groove.

APRIL 2019

Legacies, Love and The Lone Tree

LEGACY

David Hicks is considered to be among the foremost interior designers of the 20th century. From the decoration of his own house in London in 1956—in powerful colors that heralded an end to the drab, postwar English look—he set the pace for interior design both in Europe and America. His style suited the Bahamas at the time perfectly with his signature prints on crisp linen in pastel hues, and with his salvaged architectural gems found on his travels through the mainland flanking sand-clad walls inside and out.

After their honeymoon visit to Eleuthera in 1960, David Hicks and his wife, Lady Pamela Hicks, bought a plot of land on Windemere Island and spent the years after building a spectacular island retreat. Savannah House, as it was named, was roughly completed around 1967, and recently having gone under a loving renovation after storm damage in 2013. www.coastalliving.com/homes/india-hicks-rebuilding-the-past

Slim Aarons captures The Hickes, Savannah, Windemere Island, Eleuthera. India Hicks has the tennis racket.

Slim Aarons captures The Hickes, Savannah, Windemere Island, Eleuthera. India Hicks has the tennis racket.

India Hicks was born in London, England, and comes from both British and design royalty. Her father was famed interior decorator David Hicks; her mother is Lady Pamela Hicks, whose father was Admiral of the Fleet, the first Earl of Mountbatten of Burma and the last Viceroy of India, hence India’s name. Lady Pamela was a bridesmaid in Queen Elizabeth’s wedding to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who is Lady Pamela’s first cousin.

India was thrust into the spotlight early in her life. She was asked to be a bridesmaid in Princess Diana and Prince Charles' 1980 royal wedding in London, when she was only 13. More recently, India served as a TV commentator for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. For years, India was a busy fashion model and the "face" of the Ralph Lauren label. Today, she is the designer of India Hicks Living and a creator of lifestyle products.

India Hicks Legacy Letters inspired from the Legacy print that David Hicks left his family.

India Hicks Legacy Letters inspired from the Legacy print that David Hicks left his family.


LOVE

The ever British, socialite-in-residence of Harbour Island for over 20 years, tells how she went from David Hick’s Savannah mausoleum to her Harbour Island residence of Hibiscus Hill:

”I already knew my future husband. The year was 1995. I was working as a model in New York. I rediscovered David, who would become my other half.”


David was managing a small, funky hotel on neighboring Harbour Island, known for its pink sand beaches. I turned up there unannounced to go diving. David now describes this as “our Casablanca movie moment.”

”It was that romantic. I left New York and moved to Harbour Island...this tiny Bahamian “out island” off of Eleuthera…I have a deep love for Harbour Island. It changed me. I had been modeling all over the world up until that moment, mainly living out of a suitcase. Moving from city to city, running to airports, showing up in the morning looking my best even if I felt my worst. On Harbour Island, everything was different. I was able to breathe in the fresh air, stand on the bare earth, and take hold of time.


”Harbour Island has also had a powerful effect on my work. I became inspired by the Bahamas, a nation of people at ease with themselves. In the Bahamas, beauty cannot be defined or stereotyped. It is not seen as a blessing bestowed upon only a select few, but as something within every one of us.”

India Hicks: A Love Story About the Bahamas and Me. by KAREN TINA HARRISON

Inspired by the music, dancing and sheer fun of Junkanoo,  IndiaHicks.com ’s newest Insta Pouch captures it all in a lightning fast snap.

Inspired by the music, dancing and sheer fun of Junkanoo, IndiaHicks.com’s newest Insta Pouch captures it all in a lightning fast snap.

By work India refers to her co-owned boutique the Sugar Mill on Harbour Island.  The Sugar Mill was actually a functioning sugar mill circa 1925. The boutique opened in November 2005 with Linda Griffin’s (co-owner) and India’s original vision of offering a boutique shop filled with global treasures for all ages and even 4-legged friends, is still very much alive today. 

India Hicks founded her new self-titled company in early 2015. After years of creating collections for traditional retail, she decided to take a different, and far more personal, route in launching her own brand. The exclusive collections of well-crafted gifts, beauty and accessories are all designed by India.


THE LONE TREE

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Located on what’s known as Girl’s Bank on the western side of Harbour Island is a much-photographed tree skeleton. Lone Tree washed up in Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and landed upright with its intricate root ball supporting it at its base. The original tree washed away in another hurricane, but it had gained so much popularity and become such a landmark that it was eventually replaced by another, much larger tree that was strategically “planted” in the sand flats. It resembles a piece of art in the vast sand flats. It has been featured in magazines and is a popular spot for photography.

Visit Eleuthera on Yacht Sweet Escape on charter. Explore Harbour Island, Spanish Wells, Egg Island, Royal Island, Lighthouse Point, Surfer’s Beach and more!

MARCH 2019