Andre Toussaint

Andre Toussaint

Under Mr. Bocus’ supervision the Buena Vista prospered. Those visiting the house included Eddie Murphy, Crocodile Dundee, Jimmy Dean, Regis Philbin and Julius Erving (Dr. J) to name a few. Meanwhile guests enjoyed the music of Andre Toussaint who was one of calypso’s greats. At the Buena Vista, Toussaint developed the lounge style version of calypso which was mellower than the other forms. His online biography tells us that; “He died in 1981, renowned among calypso performers and listeners as one of the founding fathers of modern Bahamian music.”

A decade and a half after Toussaint’s death the Buena Vista was hired to be featured in the James Bond film Casino Royale. The Estate served as part of the opening scene for the film. More specifically it served as the fictional Nabutu Embassy in Madagascar. Daniel Craig aka James Bond came to the Estate for filming. Shortly after the opening scene was filmed, in 2006, the Estate was sold to the National Insurance Board.

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