8 stunning destinations approved by James Bond
Because, you know, he has been to them all.
Ever the epitome of dapperness and mystery, James Bond is also probably one of the most well- travelled reel characters on screen. Along with his countless changes of custom suits, sleek gadgets and gorgeous companions, we have seen him sleuth around in many parts of the world since 1962 (when the ﬁrst Bond movie, Dr. No, was introduced). So many ﬁlms, countless beautiful locations featuring the best sceneries to ever exist — so it’s hardly surprising that James Bond has helped promote real-life tourism everywhere. In celebration of the iconic 007, we hereby round up the best destinations memorialised in his adventures.
#1. Solden, Austria
The sight of dreamy Daniel Craig immersed in Bond’s psyche in the latest installment, Spectre, is deﬁnitely breathtaking, but not enough to block our gaze from noticing the beautiful Hoﬄer Klinik he was in, midway through the movie. In real life, the glass-walled location is actually Ice-Q Restaurant of Das Central Hotel. The beautiful space sits regally atop the Gaislachkogel in Sölden, Austria.
#2. Udaipur, India
In 1983’s Octopussy starring the late Roger Moore, one can marvel over Jag Mandir, a beautiful palace on an island located in Rajasthan’s Udaipur city. Other notable monuments in India include Taj Lake Palace and Shiv Niwas Palace (which served as Bond’s hotel in the movie). The exposure had apparently transformed the economy and quality of life in Udaipur so much that Moore was recently given a hearhelt tribute and accreditation.
#3. Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Going back to Spectre — who could forget when Craig’s Bond had crashed a high-level secret meeting in the supposed Rome-based palace called Palazzo Cadenza? In real life, ﬁlming had taken place in heritage site Blenheim Palace, also known as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
#4. Zagreb, Croatia
Fans of Sean Connery’s take on the secret agent in From Russia With Love (1965) can attest to the beauty of Croatia’s capital Zagreb. Unbeknownst to many viewers, several scenes in the movie were shot throughout the city.
#5. Baku, Azerbaijan
Another unexpected Bond city is Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The petroleum industry is one of the hallmarks of Azerbaijani economy, so it’s not surprising that several oil ﬁelds adjacent to the city had backdropped some of Pierce Brosnan’s action sequences in The World is Not Enough (1999).
#6. Nassau, Bahamas
Remember the envy-inducing moment when Bond had checked into a seaside luxurious hotel in the the 2006 remake of Casino Royale? You know, the one where he would then proceed to spend the night with his enemy’s wife? Turns out, the supposed Miami destination is actually the One&Only Ocean Club Resort, located in the Bahamas.
#7. Tangier, Morocco
A two-time Bond destination, this sculpted city in Morocco can be seen in both The Living Daylights (1987) and Spectre. In the ﬁrst movie, 007 (played by Timothy Dalton) is aggressively pursuing General Koskov, who is hiding in the villa of Bond’s fellow enemy Brad Whitaker. In the latter, Bond and his beautiful accomplice Dr. Madeleine Swann uncover L’Americain in this city. One thing’s for sure, in no way can one miss out the picturesque beauty of Tangier’s Kasbah fortresses in both movies.
#8. HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
Who could forget the visual depth of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, however momentary the glimpses had been in 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies? Several scenes were shot in some of the city’s most monumental corners, adding to the depth of Bond’s liaison with Asian authorities.
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