James Bond's London Home is Up For Sale - But It'll Cost You


A home on the street where James Bond lived in the original Ian Fleming novels is up for sale.

There are many catches, however. The first being that it isn't full of Q's gadgets, secret doors, super computers or anything like that. The second being that it has been designed with a family-friendly modern aesthetic. Finally, it isn't the exact intended location (because there isn't any). Oh, and it costs £6.8 million ($8.9 million USD).

Perhaps it's a worthy investment for a superfan of the infamous fictional secret agent?

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A five bedroom home, the photos show bright, sunlit, spacious rooms and minimalist decor. A far cry from the dark, broody, empty husk of an apartment that appeared in the most recent Bond film, Spectre. It is an even further cry from the gaudy, decadent tastes of Bond's previous incarnations in the '60s and '70s. And it's certainly no Skyfall Lodge.

That said, it does include some nifty accouterments: A designer kitchen, under-counter wine cooler and underfloor heating for starters. No word on the inclusion of exploding pens, jet packs, booby-trapped attaché cases or a weapon-equipped Aston Martin.

The home is on Royal Avenue, a square in the Kensington and Chelsea borough. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the architect behind St. Paul's Cathedral. The house extends to about 3000 square feet, according to the listing.

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The location of Bond's home was never explicitly stated in the novels. In part because, of course, Bond is a secret agent, but probably also because he's a fictional character. In an article on the blog Artistic Licence Renewed: A Literary James Bond Magazine, writer David Salter explores the possible locations. According to Salter, the most specific Fleming ever gets in the novels is in Moonraker. His residence is described as the ground floor of a home in a Chelsea square. Which square this could be is left ambiguous.

The official government website for Kensington and Chelsea states that it is Bond's fictional home. It's safe to say that most any home in the general area is an approximation of the kind of place Fleming had in mind. As anyone familiar with the franchise knows, Bond rarely took time to hang up his coat and take a load off, so it's not the most crucial detail to the character.

If the price of this home is anything to go by, prices in the area are astronomically high. But those of us who can't afford a five bedroom home in London can at least appreciate this curious crossing of fact and fiction.

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