Who is your favourite James Bond? Is it current 007, Daniel Craig? Or do you prefer Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan or even David Niven in the role?
Every actor to have played the secret agent in the total of 25 James Bond films, including the next production in the franchise due to be released in 2019, has seen their fair share of exotic locations. After all, who can forget Bond – played by Roger Moore – being chased aboard a Gondola across Venice in Moonraker?
Venice also played host to the Casino Royale film in which Bond – played by Daniel Craig – and Vesper Lynd are involved in a chase across the city. To replicate the views seen in the 2006 film, including the tower of San Giorgio Maggiore, St Mark’s campanile and Santa Maria della Salute, you don’t need to join MI6. Just take a Vaporetto to Sant’Elena!
We’re taking a look at some of the other amazing locations Bond has visited over the years…
From exotic Egypt…
Egypt was heavily featured in The Spy Who Loved Me. The Pyramids, Sphinx, River Nile, ruins of Karnak and the bustling city centre of Cairo are featured in the 1977 film when Bond – played by Roger Moore – took on the villains Stromberg and Jaws.
Cairo, incidentally, also features in the opening scene of Diamonds Are Forever when Bond – played by Sean Connery – is seen walking into a casino.
Diamonds are Forever also saw Bond gamble his way through Las Vegas. The scenes are filmed all over Sin City, with the main casino shots featured in the Hilton Las Vegas and famous Circus Circus Hotel.
One of the more exotic locations of the Bond films, the Bahamas has provided the setting for some of the most memorable scenes in the film franchise’s history. The 1965 Thunderball film – with Sean Connery as Bond – featured the scene in which the spy made love underwater. Several key scenes in Casino Royale were also set in the Bahamas on Paradise Island, such as the chase through Coral Island and Bond’s hotel the One and Only Ocean Club (where you can actually stay) also features in the film.
…to the Bahamas and beyond
Another memorable Bahamas scene is when Daniel Craig comes out of the water in those shorts during his debut as Bond in Casino Royale. According to the actor, however, the scene was not in the script of the 2006 film and only happened because he swam into an awkwardly sited sand bank.
The Turkish city of Istanbul has featured a few times in Bond films, one of the most memorable being the 1999 production The World Is Not Enough with Pierce Brosnan. The city break destination is also seen in Skyfall and From Russia With Love when the office of Ali Kerim was filmed inside the famous Grand Bazaar.
Morocco is another James Bond favourite. Tangier featured in The Living Daylights and Spectre, which also features scenes shot in Austria, Mexico and Rome.
After escaping from the Spectre meeting at the Palazzo Cadenza in the Italian capital city, Bond drives off in his prototype Aston Martin DB10 through the streets of Rome while being pursued by Hinx in his monstrous Jaguar. The car chase was filmed on several different parts of Rome, but one of the more notable locations is undoubtedly St Peter’s Church which makes up the heart of the Vatican City.
James Bond Island
But we’ve saved our favourite James Bond location until last. James Bond Island – the place better known as Scaramanga’s lair in The Man With The Golden Gun – is a popular tourist attraction in Phang Nga Bay on the Thai island of Phuket.
This extraordinary bay in Krabi Province in north-east of Phuket is the site of a multitude of peculiar shaped islands. Rising almost vertically from the water, these limestone masses come in all shapes and sizes. Rich vegetation sprouts from all available surfaces while inside the larger islands there are caves and caverns full of stalactites and stalagmites.
James Bond has visited more than 50 locations all over the world, from exotic Panama, Cuba and Vietnam to Iceland, Russia and Slovakia. Where will you choose to follow in 007’s footsteps?
For more film inspired holidays, visit our ‘Travel Republic Presents’ guide to some of the most famous movie locations.