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Topic: Palmyra And The Sea Wall In 2000

Here are some pictures I took in 2000 while in Nassau, Bahamas on my honeymoon.  I was fortunate enough to get access to the grounds of Rock Point (Palmyra in Thunderball).  The interior was off limits, but it did not matter to me because the movie interiors were sets shot in England.  If you look carefully at the main pool, you'll see inverted roundells on each of the corners.  These were covered up for movie by shallow rectangular boxes painted to look like cement that helped to disguise the metal plates that later covers the pool when Bond fights a SPECTRE thug.  It makes the pool very short.  You can see Bond walk across the box at the far end of the pool when he visits Palmyra for lunch.  That end of the pool contains round stairs at each of the corners.  In fact, the June 1965 issue of Esquire Magazine with Connery on the cover has a sketch of the round stairs at the corners of the main pool.  The overall grounds were in good condition but both the main pool and the shark pool were in dis-repair.


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More.

Shark Pool.
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Grounds.
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Grounds Keeper.
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Main Pool Area Looking Seaward.
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The Sea Wall, Paradise Island, Atlantis Grounds.
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Last edited by Donald Grant (12th Jul 2010 05:07)

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Hey Rick
Thanks for the pics.
I was in Nassau a few days ago but did not have time to go to Palmyra. Lucky you..I always wanted to see the grounds. Did a whole lot of other Bond things tho' in Nassau for TB and NSN. Now in Miami for last few days for the GF bit.
Thanks for sharing the pics. Rgds, S

I think I will very much enjoy serving under you, Mr Bond

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qbvi wrote:

Hey Rick
Thanks for the pics.

I was in Nassau a few days ago but did not have time to go to Palmyra. Lucky you..I always wanted to see the grounds. Did a whole lot of other Bond things tho' in Nassau for TB and NSN. Now in Miami for last few days for the GF bit.
Thanks for sharing the pics. Rgds, S

My Pleasure Sid.  It was the Mantis and his recent podcast that caused me to dig these out.

Just got back from Florida myself.  However I was in Orlando doing the Disney thing with the family.  I need a vacation from my vacation if you know what I mean.  Two kids and lots of attractions can run you ragged.  I've been to Miami on many occasions, and one of those times I stayed at the Fontainbleu.  I found the place shoddy and the service very poor.  However, I hear since the renovation it's fantastic.  Must try it again.

Keeping your vacation Bondian I see, good for you.  Enjoy yourself!

DG

So, what sharp little eyes you've got...wait till you get to my teeth.
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Great photos - I had my honeymoon in Nassau in 2003 but wasn't into Bond as much then as I am now. But, the wife wants to go back to Atlantis with the kids now so may get the chance next time!

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Hey Donald i'm not sure if you noticed but there seems to be something wrong with your camara there is this black dot covering all the face of the people in the pictures might want to get that checked out if you haven't already ajb007/lol.

Nice pictures though haha.

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One More.

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So, what sharp little eyes you've got...wait till you get to my teeth.
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This is great stuff!!!

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for our newest vlogs on living like Bond, one moment at a time...

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The Mantis wrote:

This is great stuff!!!

Thanks Mantis.  It was your pod cast with the usual suspects that prompted me to dig these out.  Based on your video, it looks like the shark pool has not changed much in ten years.  Quite a shame really.  If I owned that property,  everything would be refurbished.  But hey, that's me.  Here's something that's funny, I was told when down there that the family who owned the property also owned a construction firm.  Construction?  WTF?  Start reconstructing the pools!

Anyway thinking of doing a four day weekend jaunt back there for my rapidly approaching 10 year anniversary.  We'll see.

DG

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THA-NATURAL wrote:

Hey Donald i'm not sure if you noticed but there seems to be something wrong with your camara there is this black dot covering all the face of the people in the pictures

Fixed them....
Ed
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Too funny.  Ed you've got "mad skilz" (a lot of skill) as they say.  I like it.

DG

So, what sharp little eyes you've got...wait till you get to my teeth.
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Hate that it is falling apart… would love that it was maintenance but you can still sense the atmosphere… thanks for posting

Ed you’re editing has really helped

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Just wanted to augment this thread.  Earlier, I talked about the stairs in the corners of the main pool and how it appeared in sketch form in the June 1965 issue of Esquire.  Well, I just pulled out my copies of that issue from my archive .  The one on top is an incomplete copy.  It only has the cover and the twelve page article related to Thunderball.  The one on the bottom is a complete copy including the cover insert.  If you don't have one, I highly recomend getting a copy.  It has a sketches of a lot of the equipment including Bond's rebreather, the Bell Textron rocket belt, and various incarnations of the SPECTRE ring that were never used, as well as a lot of other equipment and story boards.  If you're into vintage Bond
ephemera, it's a must have.  The issue was also the subject of a separate poster that is quite collectible in it's own right.

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DG

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"People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."  Richard Grenier after George Orwell, Washington Times 1993.

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What is the asking price for Palmyra?

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Winchester1 wrote:

What is the asking price for Palmyra?


Every article I have read about Palmyra has suggested that the current owner not only has no intention of selling now, but has every intention of passing it on to his children and never wants it to leave the family. So, unless something has very recently changed that I missed, there is no price.

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Any idea who the owner is?  My first reaction is IF he's soo concerned about it staying in the family why has he allowed to decay as is very obviously has?

Is it the same owner who owned it when Thunderball was filmed?  Blackwell unbeleivably sold out when he decided to build all the littel rinky dink 1 bedroom "sheds" on the Goldeneye property & ask $750K US for them.  To think that in 1964 the Palmyra area was nowhere near as desireable as it is now.

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My understanding is that the owner has no interest in Bond whatsoever and the LAND will be passed to his heirs and the house will be demolished without a second thought.  What we need is a very rich philanthropist to make him an offer he can't refuse then refurbish the house to SA condition and turn it into a Bond museum for us all to enjoy ...... any takers? ajb007/crap

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Thats basically the same story associated w /the Eve Anderson estate on Oahu where Magnum, p.i. was filmed.  Its nowhere near as poor condition as Palmyra but its definitely much worse than when the show was in production.  Although Ms Anderson probably would sell it and has never made a public statement about NEVER selling it to my knowledge.

I'd much rather have Palmyra simply because it doesn't take a 4+hr flight to reach it from the mainland.  Besides sleeping in the "evil Largo's" bedroom which he shared w/ Domino is a helluva lot cooler than Higgin's bedroom IMO.

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What a magnificent home Palmyra would be if renovated. It's rather modest by millionaire/billionaire standards, but it is close enough to an international airport to be convenient and yet far enough away to be a worthy retreat; has superb sea views; close to the mainland with excellent connections to Miami, NY and Europe; has a great swimming pool (even without the sharks); is in an island-nation with some decent history and culture rather than just a sun-soaked sandbar; close to some good food when you don't feel like cooking;  and, the thing that gives it the nod over the admittedly superior mansions and estates owned by its neighbours...it is arguably the most famous Bond home of all. I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I had the chance...even if it doesn't come with Higgins!

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The Sullivans no longer own Rock Point (Palmyra).  It was sold to another family.  I was given the mame of the owner when I was there in 2000 for my honeymoon.  When I read about Rock Point later, the last name of the owner had been truncated.  Think Goldstein being shortened to Gold.  I'm not implying that the last name was of German origin, I don't think it was.  I'm thinking Polish or, more broadly, Slavic in nature.  Just an educated guess though.

I apparently got rather lucky with gaining access to Rock Point.  From what I understand, the patriarch of the family does not suffer Bond tourists very well.  Glad I spoke to a woman at the door, I'm told I have a way with them and that I can be "rather charming".  A close friend of mine with whom I work, and who has had my back on numerous occasions calls me the "funky mamal", implying that I give off some kind of natural man musk that women go for.  Or perhaps it was because it was my honeymoon, women just love romance.  Whatever the reason, I'm glad I gained access.  It was too cool for school.

Anyway here is the follow up to the story on my 10th wedding anniversary, my dive on the Thunderball wrecks:

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DG

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Rock Point is owned by by a billionaire Greek property magnate called George Mosco.  He is very prominant in the Bahamas, but really does not like Bond fans anywhere near his property, you have to catch him on a really good day or when he's not there.  It's a real shame that this iconic property is going to return to the sea when he passes ajb007/frown

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Was Mosco the owner when Thunderball was filmed?  Maybe the Bond image is too big/strong for him and he doesn't like being overshadowed by something he'll never overcome.

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No, he bought it years afterwards,  I'm not sure but it may originally have been owned by Huntingdon Hartford who owned most of Paradise Island at the time and was the husband of Diane Hartford who appeared in Thunderball as the girl in the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Club who Fiona cuts in on and more recently Casino Royale as one of the One & Only Club poker players.

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Gadget Meister wrote:

Rock Point is owned by by a billionaire Greek property magnate called George Mosco.  He is very prominant in the Bahamas, but really does not like Bond fans anywhere near his property, you have to catch him on a really good day or when he's not there.  It's a real shame that this iconic property is going to return to the sea when he passes ajb007/frown

Yes, that's right, Mosco.  However when I was down there in 2000, the last name was somewhat longer like Moscowitz.  That's what the locals said anyway.  Does not sound Greek to me, but hey that's not my specialty.

DG

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Well....regardless of who the current owner is its a real shame that a home w/ such an incredible history has fallen into such disrepair.  Since Dr No's home was a stage at Pinewood & there weren't any pool/skeet scenes there really isn't another original 007 villian's home.  Honestly I can't at the moment think of a subsequent villian home which equals Palmyra.  In fact I don't think another 007 film featured such a climatic scene that surpassed those done at Palmyra.

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