James Bond (007) creator,Ian Fleming, had a flair for the good things in life including BOAC’s five star Monarch service across the Atlantic. The portly Boeing Stratocruiser took over 16 hours to reach New York from London, a leisurely voyage that Fleming preferred to the needless haste of jet aircraft. It was also Fleming’s airline of choice for Bond who spoke for Fleming when he lamented the passing of the luxury Stratocruiser in For Your Eyes Only.

Two days later, Bond took the Friday Comet to Montreal. He did not care for it. It flew too high and too fast and there were too many passengers. He regretted the days of the old Stratocruiser — that fine lumbering old plane that took hours to cross the Atlantic. Then one had been able to have dinner in peace, sleep for seven hours in a comfortable bunk, and get up in time to wander down to the lower deck and have that ridiculous BOAC ‘country house’ breakfast while the dawn came up and flooded the cabin with the first bright gold of the Western hemisphere.

(for more of Bond’s experiences flying the Stratocruisers – go to “from Props to the Concorde)