Nottingham Castle was immortalised by Ian Fleming in the Bond novel ‘Thunderball’.
Nottingham Castle and Players cigarettes, manufactured of course in Nottingham, get a ‘story within a story’ all to themselves over about 6 pages. Nottingham Castle was perhaps unfortunately described as a ‘doll’s house swimming in chocolate fudge’ but it did spread our fame (even more) over the entire planet. One of the ‘Bond girl’ characters called Domino invented a fabulous story about the sailor-man figure in the picture on the front of the iconic Players cigarette packet. A small image of Nottingham Castle on top of castle rock was on the reverse, in an oval with ‘Trade Mark’ and ‘Nottingham Castle’ written around the castle emblem. It does rather look like it’s sitting on fudge in the size it is reproduced. If you follow the older Bond movies, Thunderball is usually remembered as ’the underwater one’. In the 2012 publication of Thunderball by Vintage (part of Random House), the story can be found in the chapter called ‘Cardboard Hero’ on pages 224-231.
Our thanks to Imperial Tobacco for allowing the reproduction of their trademark, and to the Cultural Collections Services of the Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle, for permission to reproduce their images.