007 Coach

 

National Express operates frequent coach travel between London and Dover. Change at London Victoria for coaches to the rest of the UK. Eurolines coach services travel across Europe departing the UK at Dover Port.

All Visitor Information Centres within White Cliffs Country are agents for National Express and have Stagecoach local bus timetables for the district. Just pop in and see them!

 

Bus travel is very reasonable
 

Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond who is the iconic spy known all over the world as 007, was so inspired by White Cliffs Country and Kent that he based his thrilling adventure stories on places, buildings and people here.

His connections with White Cliffs Country began in the early 1930s when, as a founder member of a small dining club made up of old Etonian friends, he spent weekends playing golf at Royal St George's Golf Course at Sandwich.

John White pursues James Bond - by coach
You would hardly expect James Bond to travel by National Express. However, if in his next film he were to take that company's 007 coach service from London Victoria to Deal in Kent, he would at least follow much of the route that Ian Fleming had him drive in the 1955 novel Moonraker, on roads that Fleming himself regularly took to reach his beloved "White Cliffs", the bolt-hole at St Margaret's at Cliff that had previously belonged to Noel Coward.
This particular east Kent coastal village lies slightly closer to the A258 Dover to Deal road than neighbouring Kingsdown, which along with St Margaret's Bay is assumed by Fleming aficionados to be the setting for much of the gripping action in Moonraker, the third Bond book.
The title refers to an atomic rocket that the villainous Sir Hugo Drax is suspected of building on the cliffs between Dover and Deal - probably on the very spot where, during the war, Fleming had seen a "Rotor" early-warning system - and this is why 007 so urgently drives down from London to what is now called "white cliffs country" in his elephant's-breath grey 4.5-litre Bentley convertible.
In Fleming's words, as the driver of "the fastest, genuine four-seater in the world that could top 120mph with ease, Secret Agent Bond could activate and respond to its very full set of instruments and be confident that there was no faster or more stylish way to speed through a Britain still in the grip of some lingering austerity." Bond races down to Kent by a route that includes several places now served by the daily 007 National Express coach service.
One is Canterbury, into one of whose suburbs - Bekesbourne - Fleming moved in 1957, upsetting his wife Ann, who found that life in this new abode was scarcely better than her previously windswept existence at White Cliffs. Although the 18th-century, eight-bedroom house at Bekesbourne rejoiced under the grand name of the "Old Palace" and the locals gave her husband the rather Bondian title of "Commander" because of his secret wartime work, Ann considered it a wretched building that was too close to the railway.