Sunday, July 17, 2016

"James Bond's Armourer"

Geoffrey Boothroyd really did write me on Model 12 Winchesters. He also really held that "position"- a critical letter to Ian Fleming on guns, early in the series, led to Fleming's whimsically writing him into the books as a character.
With Fleming, early in his career.
Here is the Winchester letter. He later provided an intro to John Hill. "Johnny UK", who became a good friend, over our mutual interests in Darnes.

Of course it was a young and beautiful Betsy who, with Joan van Ness, attended a wild party at Goldeneye, Fleming's Jamaica estate. Everybody knows everybody.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I also had correspondence with Geoffrey, but have lost the copy!
Geoffrey, James Wentworth Day, Colin Willock, and especially Gough Thomas ( who was a fellow Electrical Engineer), were my heroes in the 70's and fuelled my passion for "all things game shooting" !.