Meanwhile Bottome’s biographer, Pam Hirsh wouldn’t as far as saying that Bottome invented Bond.
She argues: “She sort of invented Ian Fleming the writer.”Miles Jupp is due to explore the accusations in a new Radio 4 documentary on the subject.
When Patrick Swayze mentioned it in his autobiography, The Time of My Life, he referred to it as “this Podunk little town.” Over the years, Lake Lure has become a popular destination for tourists, drawn to its location nestled in the mountains, under a canopy of trees, giving way to a lake so sublime in every hour of the day.
The sunsets, where the clouds are illuminated by an unearthly light, leave you clutching your heart in wonder.
Lord Brian Rix's choice of a "proper orthopaedic cushion" epitomised the trend towards home comforts: Christabel Bielenberg chose a "comfortable chair"; Daniel Baremboin a piano with a mattress.
The musical instrument was a winner, with 183 guests, including Sir Ian Mc Kellen, opting for a piano - perhaps unsurprisingly given 1212 of the show's 2892 guests have been from stage, screen and radio, and 635 from music backgrounds.
Five castaways chose the trombone and 12 chose the saxophone. Since the programme began in 1942, a total of 43 guests, including Terry Wogan and George Clooney, elected to while away the hours with Tolstoy's War and Peace, according to the BBC archive.Camila Batmanghelidjh and Raymond Tallis chose the existentialist writings of Sartre and Heidegger to aid the solitude, but Proust was the philosopher of choice, featuring in at least 50 episodes.But what if Fleming actually stole the idea that became a cultural phenomenon?The lady novelist Bottome is barely remembered today, but was once a prominent author in the early 20th Century with best-sellers like The Mortal Storm – a book that became a 1940 Hollywood movie starring Jimmy Stewart.He also speaks fluent French and German – all the same characteristics and mission of one James Bond in his first adventure, Casino Royale, just seven years later.