Erik Stromberg was a noted German-born Modernist Architect, most prominently remembered for designing residential tower blocks, including the Skygarden estate. He lived on Highgate Hill until 1981 when he was taken to hospital for a routine surgery and died during the operation.[1]

Peter Grant suspects Stromberg was a member of the The Weimar Academy of Higher Insights a group of German Newtownian practicioners who practiced and published advanced magical science during the 1920s and 1930s, but were forced to flee Nazi Germany in the 1940s.

Unsanctioned Practitioner Edit

His home on Highgate Hill, West Hill House, was burgled by the Faceless Man and safe cracker George Trenchard during the events described in Broken Homes.

Stromberg's copy of Richard Maller's Über die Grundlagen, die der Praxis der Magie zugrunde Liegen was stolen by George Trenchard, and was later found at Colin and Leech in Cecil Court.[2] Among an inventory of Stromberg's books was also a copy of Weg der Industriellen Nutzung von Magie (Towards the Industrial Use of Magic). Peter Grant suspected Stromberg brought these books over from the The Weimar Academy of Higher Insights when Stromberg was forced to flee Nazi Germany in the 1930s/1940s.

Stromberg was never registered as a foreign practitioner by The Folly and Thomas Nightingale was unaware of his aptitude.

Inspiration for Erik Stromberg Edit

The author of the James Bond novels, Ian Fleming objected to the post-war demolition of cottages for the construction of Goldfinger's residence at 2 Willow Road. Additionally 2 Willow Road bears a resemblence to West Hill House.

Supposedly in retaliation, Fleming named the villain of his novel Goldfinger--and subsequently movie adaptation-- 'Auric Goldfinger' after Erno Goldfinger. However, Fleming claimed the attributes of the character were based on American gold tycoon Charles W. Engelhard, Jr. and Fleming was also in the habit of naming characters after individuals he knew in real life.

While Erno Goldfinger is not mentioned in the novel Broken Homes, 'Stromberg' is the last name of another Bond villain in the film adaptation of The Spy who Loved Me.


  1. Broken Homes
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