By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (October 5, 2021) – In Issue 2021-192 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, a little old Bond and a little new Bond.


The James Bond movie series, starring Sean Connery, Roger Moore and others over the years, began on this date in 1962 with the release of Dr. No.   Many more followed. Later this week the newest Bond film, No Time to Die, will open in movie theaters.

The then low-budget film not only introduced an endearing big screen hero, but set off a flurry of spy-genre films and TV shows of the 1960s.

It is estimated that a quarter of the world’s population have seen at least one James Bond film.

Dr. No established the theme music, the gun barrel opening credits, and the man who could drive an Aston-Martin better than all the bad guys.

In Dr. No, Bond was sent to Jamaica to investigate the death of another secret agent.  The location is no surprise, given that Ian Fleming, who created the Bond character and wrote over 10 Bond books which were subsequently adopted into films, had a second home on the Caribbean island.

Here is Jamaica’s map by Tallis from 1851.

Map of Jamaica from 1851 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.