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Sat Aug 12, 2017, 04:33 PM

Mistress and muse of James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, dies at 104

Source: Washington Post

By Matt Schudel August 12 at 3:44 PM

Blanche Blackwells romantic life inspired one of Nol Cowards plays about an upper-crust love triangle, and swashbuckling Hollywood star Errol Flynn wanted to marry her. She was a member of one of Jamaicas richest families but was best known as the mistress and muse of Ian Fleming, the rakish author who was the creator of James Bond. ... Mrs. Blackwell died Aug. 8 in London at 104. Her death was confirmed by Andrew Lycett, Flemings biographer. Other details were not available.

Vivacious and outdoorsy, Mrs. Blackwell was known for her bright smile and casual allure. She first met Flynn a gorgeous god, in her words in the 1940s, during one of his Jamaican vacations. He described her laugh as like the sounds of water tinkling over a waterfall and was so enchanted that he wanted to propose, even though both were married to other people.

One of her closest friends was Coward, the gay playwright and entertainer who based a character on Mrs. Blackwell in his 1956 play Volcano, about the self-indulgent lives of island aristocrats. The play was so sexually charged that it wasnt performed in public until 2012. Mrs. Blackwell attended the opening.

She lived long enough to give business advice to U2s Bono, whose career was launched by her son, Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records.

Matt Schudel has been an obituary writer at The Washington Post since 2004.
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Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/mistress-and-muse-of-james-bonds-creator-ian-fleming-dies-at-104/2017/08/11/27f65c7a-7eb2-11e7-9d08-b79f191668ed_story.html

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There is other news today, though it probably matters little.

To everything, there is a season. A time to be born, and a time to die.

I am a big fan of obituaries.

Bonus: her son is Chris Blackwell. Wow.

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Sat Aug 12, 2017, 06:50 PM

1. announced on the anniversary of Fleming's death, oddly n/t

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Sat Aug 12, 2017, 09:24 PM

2. Interesting person. Very unusual. I found a photo:

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Born Blanche Lindo in December 1912 in Costa Rica, where the family traded in bananas, she is the mother of Bob Marley’s multi-millionaire record producer Chris Blackwell, owner of Island Records. She lives in Knightsbridge. Blanche was a friend of Ian Fleming at Goldeneye in Jamaica, a circle which included Princess Margaret, Sir Noël Coward and Errol Flynn.

Originally Sephardic Jews from Portugal, the Lindos moved to Spain, Venice, Amsterdam and Bordeaux before settling in Jamaica in 1765 and becoming involved in sugar plantations.


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Blanche Blackwell: The muse who inspired Bond and Noel Coward

THE PARTIES were legendary, with guests including Laurence Olivier, Sean Connery and Elizabeth Taylor.

PUBLISHED: 00:00, Sun, May 20, 2012

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Born in 1912 in Costa Rica, she was descended from Sephardic Jews who had fled Portugal during the Inquisition. The family set up home in Jamaica in the 1700s and became wealthy merchants. Their business included rum and sugar, and they owned vast tracts of land. (Her brother Roy sold Coward the land for his Jamaican houses).


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Blanche LINDO Blackwell, Lord Chris Blackwell & Cabalistic Spike Lee

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Blanche Blackwell and Lord Chris’ branch of the LINDOs had in fact been among the heretics and Conversos of Spain that the Inquisition accused of being “Judaizers“. The Lindos were closely related to many other Babylonian Sephardi “cousinhood” families of note in Britain.[8]

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Blanche Blackwell, who has died aged 104, was the mother of the record mogul Chris Blackwell, the mistress of Ian Fleming and one of the last survivors from the age when some 20 families ran Jamaica.

Her family, the Lindos, were Sephardic Jews from Portugal who had arrived in Jamaica in 1743 to make their money from sugar, rum, coconuts and cattle. Their finances were said to have been weakened by a large loan to Napoleon, which was never repaid, and by the early 20th century Blanche’s eldest uncle had been forced to depart for Costa Rica, where he struck lucky growing bananas and sent for his seven brothers, including Blanche’s father.

Blanche was born there on December 9 1912. When their wealth was restored, most of the family returned to Jamaica, where they bought and ran the island’s leading rum manufacturer, J Wray and Nephew, until 1957.


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