You’re Only Living Fun: Author Reveals James Bond’s London Address – A £ 5.2 Million Listed Building In One Of Chelsea’s Most Sought After Squares
- William Boyd wrote the James Bond sequel novel Solo, published in 2013
- He claims to have located where Ian Fleming placed the spy’s house in London
- Impressive property is a £ 5.2 million terrace on Chelsea’s Wellington Square
An author claims to have found the London home where creator Ian Fleming placed James Bond – a £ 5.2 million terrace on one of Chelsea’s most desirable streets.
William Boyd, who wrote the Bond sequel novel Solo, believes the author imagined his character living in a Grade II listed building in beautiful Wellington Square.
He pointed to the location of the house of fictional spy Bond while researching his novel, which was published in 2013, he said in The Times Literary Supplement.
Mr. Boyd reread all of Fleming’s stories and found important clues about the sought-after location and interior in Moonraker, Thunderball and From Russia with Love.
William Boyd, who wrote the Bond sequel novel Solo, believes creator Ian Fleming imagined James Bond living in beautiful Wellington Square, Chelsea (pictured)
Mr. Boyd claims that he determined the location of Bond’s home during his research on Solo, which was published in 2013. Picture: Sean Connery as Bond in From Russia With Love
The creator of Bond refers to his home as a “comfortable flat in a plane tree-lined square on King’s Road” in Moonraker, says Mr. Boyd, before “dropping a crucial coordinate” in Thunderball.
In the 1961 novel, the ninth in the series, Fleming Bond describes driving out of the square to King’s Road and then entering ‘Sloane Street and the [Hyde] Park.’
This led Mr. Boyd to conclude that Wellington Square was where Fleming imagined 007’s home, an opinion shared by John Pearson in a 1973 biography of Bond. Here, the exact house number was identified as 30.
However, Mr. Boyd believes that he was more likely to be number 25. The house was owned by The Sunday Times literary critic Desmond MacCarthy when Fleming worked for the newspaper as a foreign manager.
The creator of Bond calls his house a ‘comfortable flat in a square with plane trees on King’s Road’ in Moonraker
Picture: one of the three sitting rooms in the house, presumably the setting of Bond’s house
The terrace has five bedrooms, two bathrooms and three lounges, one of which has been described as a ‘long sitting room with large windows’ in From Russia with Love
The terrace has five bedrooms, two bathrooms and three lounges, one of which has been described as a ‘long sitting room with large windows’ in From Russia with Love.
MacCarthy and his wife Molly were “legendary entertainers,” Boyd says, and “it’s very likely that Fleming attended one or more of the MacCarthys parties.”
The house on Wellington Square was owned by the MacCarthy family until May last year, when it was sold to Frank Cordes and architect Iride Rosa.
Clues led Mr. Boyd (pictured) to conclude that Wellington Square was where Fleming imagined 007’s home
The house has five bedrooms spread over four floors in the beautiful monumental building
Bond’s house is on a road selling houses for a whopping £ 10m, with an idyllic communal garden with a fountain in the center
The couple told it Times they were interested in the house because of Mr. MacCarthy’s connection to the Bloomsbury Group.
“I’m a huge James Bond fan,” said Mr. Cordes of the Boston Consulting Group. “I thought this might be my ticket for an Aston Martin, but it’s probably the mortgage that will stand between me and that car.”
The impressive building is close to where British author John le Carré placed the fictional spy George Smiley on Bywater Street.
Bond’s house is on a road selling houses for £ 10 million, with an idyllic communal garden with a fountain in the center.
Pictured: Frank Cordes, of Boston Consulting Group, and architect Iride Rosa who owns the Bond-linked property