Iconic James Bond places in actual life: Learn how to journey like 007

First postponed to November, and now scheduled to hit theaters on April 2, 2021, No Time to Die is considered one of many movies delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The subsequent James Bond installment would be the 25th movie within the 007 franchise and the fifth and remaining (so he says) starring Daniel Craig because the British undercover agent. 

Like each Bond film, No Time to Die will span the globe, exhibiting viewers not simply London, but additionally far-flung places like Italy, Jamaica, Norway and Scotland. From Dr. No to Spectre, every Bond is sufficient to provide the critical journey bug, even if you cannot afford the posh resorts somebody on a authorities payroll appears to have the ability to handle. 

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As a Bond fan, I attempt to hunt down sights proven within the collection after I journey. And although native or worldwide journey is not really helpful or accountable till the planet will get the pandemic beneath management, you’ll be able to at all times go to just about from house. Listed here are a couple of unimaginable locations I have been to this point and one I’ve but to see in particular person. Maintain them in thoughts for when you’ll be able to journey once more, and hope that the companies I point out will reopen. 

A phrase of warning, although: Ample spoilers under.

James Bond films, ranked, from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig
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From Russia With Love


The traditional metropolis on the mouth of the Bosporus is as a lot a personality within the second Bond installment as Bond or snarling henchman Donald Grant. Sean Connery traverses lots of the metropolis’s high vacationer sights just like the Grand Bazaar and the Hagia Sophia, the place one of many movie’s pivotal scenes — he will get the plans for the Soviet embassy from Tatiana Romanova — takes place. Accomplished in 537, the Hagia Sophia served as an Japanese Orthodox cathedral when the town was known as Constantinople and was the capital of the Byzantine Empire. 4 centuries later, after the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople in 1453, it grew to become a mosque and gained minarets. Now a museum, it has an immense scale that is as dazzling and as spectacular because the Parthenon or the Colosseum. Stroll in, stand beneath the 183-foot dome and simply take it in. Yeah, there are displays to learn, however simply gawking is ok.

Have in mind the Hagia Sophia was constructed virtually 1,500 years in the past.

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Your subsequent cease is close by on the Basilica Cistern, the place Bond and MI6 station chief Kerim Bey embark on a ship to sneak beneath the Soviet Consulate (sadly, the periscope they used to watch the consulate’s secret assembly was film fiction). Constructed within the fifth century, the cistern has a large scale — 453 ft lengthy by 213 ft excessive — and might maintain 2.eight million cubic ft of water. The 30-foot-high ceiling is supported by 336 marble columns, two of which have bases with the face of Medusa. The Basilica Cistern can really feel like a little bit of a vacationer lure, however it’s nonetheless fairly cool.

The Basilica Cistern: Sorry, excursions beneath the Soviet Embassy aren’t accessible.

Basilica Cistern

You solely go to twice: Later Bond movies to indicate Istanbul (not Constantinople) embrace The World shouldn’t be Sufficient and Skyfall (extra on that movie under), however in each circumstances it will get much less display screen time.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service


I’ve solely been to a nook of Switzerland (Geneva) so I’ve but to do the nation justice. However after I return, Schilthorn might be my first cease. The 9,744-foot peak within the Bernese Alps is featured in my favourite Bond film, and it is the very best villain’s lair within the collection — sure, even higher than the hollowed-out volcano with the monorail in You Solely Stay Twice. I imply … how are you going to not love a spot with super Alpine views that is accessible solely by an aerial tramway or a helicopter? In selecting Piz Gloria, Spectre’s Ernst Stavro Blofeld moved up on this planet.

Piz Gloria is not shy about its Bond connection. 

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The complicated was nonetheless beneath building when the movie’s location scouts found it in 1968. Because it roughly matched Blofeld’s Piz Gloria hideout described within the ebook, the producers financed its completion. Now a revolving restaurant named Piz Gloria (after all), the constructing appears to be like a lot because it did within the movie for which it served because the allergy clinic the place Blofeld was making a bioweapon. You may have a meal within the restaurant and browse the museum with memorabilia from the filming. Down the mountain are the cities of Grindelwald, the place Bond and his soon-to-be bride, Tracy di Vicenzo, escaped terrifying henchwoman Fraulein Bunt and Blofeld’s orange-clad assassins, and Lauterbrunnen, the positioning of the inventory automotive race.

A view to die for inside Piz Gloria (and in the event you rely what occurred within the film, I imply that actually).

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Diamonds Are Eternally

Las Vegas 

After George Lazenby’s flip in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Connery reprised the position, bouncing from Amsterdam to Las Vegas to foil the additional plans of previous nemesis Blofeld. The Las Vegas scenes principally present a metropolis that is now lengthy gone. The Tropicana Resort was the peak of luxurious, and empty patches of desert surrounded basic (and now demolished) Strip resorts like The Dunes. The Riviera Resort (the place Bond meets A lot O’Toole) can also be historical past, however the Circus Circus and its halfway video games (the place smuggler Tiffany Case received the stuffed canine with the diamonds) and the The Westgate Resort (the setting for The Whyte Home) nonetheless exist. Diamonds Are Eternally additionally visits McCarran Worldwide Airport, downtown Las Vegas and the Palm Boulder Freeway Mortuary & Cemetery.

Exteriors of The Whyte Home within the film had been shot right here.

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Palm Springs 

No, James Bond by no means made it to Las Vegas’ extra refined desert cousin. However a favourite scene was shot right here when Bond fought energetic assassins Bambi and Thumper. The combat was filmed at The Elrod Home, a modernist fantasyland house with a pool that is partially indoors. In-built 1968 and designed by architect famend John Lautner (who additionally designed the you-might-recognize-it Chemosphere in Los Angeles), it has a front room that includes the hillside’s boulders into the partitions and that is topped by large round cover. The home within the hills above Palm Springs is privately owned — it offered for round $eight million in 2016 — so you’ll be able to’t tour it, however you’ll be able to spot it from the streets under. 

For Your Eyes Solely


My favourite Roger Moore movie spends a lot of its time in considered one of my favourite international locations, Greece. We begin in Corfu, the place Bond meets up with Melina Havelock to search out Britain’s misplaced submarine communication system earlier than it is captured by the KGB. An island within the Ionian Sea off Albania, Corfu is a world away from the stereotypical Greek islands of Santorini and Mykonos. Whereas these Aegean Sea islands are rocky and barren, Corfu is so lush it jogged my memory of Hawaii.

This clocktower in Corfu City is seen when Bond arrives on the island. The city appears to be like extra like Italy than stereotypical Greece.

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There are a ton of places to discover, starting with Corfu City the place Bond and Havelock buy groceries after he arrives. Neglect whitewashed buildings with blue roofs, the city’s buildings and winding streets present influences from the island’s onetime Venetian and British rulers. Have an costly espresso round Spianáda (the city’s primary sq.) and pattern the native kumquat liqueur. Corfu additionally is among the greatest locations in Greece to expertise the magical celebrations for Greek Easter.

The Vlacherna Monastery is among the island’s most scenic sights.

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South of Corfu City is one sight you’ll be able to’t miss. The tiny Vlacherna Monastery, which sits on an islet off the Kanóni Peninsula in a brilliantly deep blue bay, is proven a number of instances within the movie. The monastery is normally closed, however stroll over anyway on a slim causeway that is proper beneath the ultimate strategy to Corfu’s airport — heaven for aviation geeks like myself. Then take within the only-in-Corfu view by mountaineering as much as the Kanóni Cafe for a Greek salad (one of many world’s excellent meals) and a bottle of Assyrtiko wine.

Bond casually kicks Locque’s automotive off a cliff on the Previous Fortress. 

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Subsequent, hire a automotive and drive across the island, exploring the sandy seashores and picturesque hill cities. Locations to cease embrace the Previous Fortress above Corfu City (the place Bond pushes henchman Emile Leopold Locque to his loss of life), Issos Seashore (the place Locque runs over Countess Lisl von Schlaf), Kalami Bay (the place Melina’s mother and father are killed) and the Achillion Palace (Corfu’s “on line casino” within the film and the place Bond and Melina stand on the balcony at sundown). Within the hilltop village of Pagi (the place Melina flipped her Citroen 2CV6 through the automotive chase), the Bond 007 Cafe has memorabilia from filming. In case your journey price range is beneficiant, you’ll be able to hire the villa the place Melina killed hitman Hector Gonzalez together with her crossbow (within the movie, the villa was set in Spain).

The road within the village of Pagi the place Bond and Havelock took a tumble.

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That is the place Bond battles with villain Aristotle Kristatos and foils the KGB’s plans. Belief me, Meteora is among the most hanging locations you may ever go to, making it far definitely worth the four-hour drive from Athens (or the three-hour trek from Thessaloniki). Rising above the city of Kalambaka are immense monolithic pillars and big boulders that border the Pindos Mountains in northern Greece. Sitting atop the ridges are six Orthodox monasteries, the oldest of which was constructed within the 13th century. Although all are lively monasteries, they admit vacationers for a small price. 

The Monastery of The Holy Trinity has a spectacular setting.

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Bus excursions from Kalambaka can be found, however it’s greatest in the event you hire a automotive and discover the monasteries by yourself — a paved round highway connects all six. Although every is value a go to, Bond followers should not miss the Monastery of The Holy Trinity, which performed the a part of the deserted St. Cyril’s within the movie. Sadly, you do not have to be winched up in a basket to go to —  as a substitute, you climb a staircase reduce into the cliff — however the setting is spectacular. Because the monks would not allow the movie crews inside, inside pictures had been performed on a soundstage. The actual factor is healthier, in any case. You will see some wealthy frescos earlier than strolling the grounds to soak up the jaw-dropping view of the valley under.

James Bond, ‘Recreation of Thrones’ had been right here: Tour the breathtaking monasteries of Meteora
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A View to a Kill

San Francisco

Yeah, A View to a Kill wasn’t the very best Bond movie, however it had not less than three superior issues: airships, Grace Jones and Duran Duran. You additionally go inside San Francisco’s Metropolis Corridor, the place *cough* California State Geologist Stacy Sutton had her workplace. It is also the constructing that villain Max Zorin and henchwoman Mayday set ablaze to cowl up their homicide of Stacey’s boss. And that is a disgrace, as a result of it is one of the lovely authorities buildings within the US. OK, possibly I am just a little biased as a result of I used to be married there, however the Beaux-Arts inside is beautiful. And it is all topped by a powerful 307-foot excessive dome that is taller than the US capitol. 

San Francisco’s Metropolis Corridor makes paying your tax invoice rather less painful. 

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Accomplished in 1915, the constructing changed a metropolis corridor that was destroyed within the 1906 earthquake. Guided excursions can be found, however you can even wander by yourself. Stand beneath the rotunda, poke into the small displays within the Gentle Courts and stroll up the grand staircase that results in the wood-paneled chamber of the Board of Supervisors. Additionally take a second to recollect homosexual rights pioneer Harvey Milk taking his seat in 1977 as the primary out elected official in California and his assassination within the constructing a 12 months later. 

Stroll throughout the Golden Gate Bridge, however watch out for white blimps.

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When you’re on the town, get pleasure from a bracing stroll throughout the superior Golden Gate Bridge the place Zorin and his cool, however not very sensible, getaway blimp met their finish within the movie’s climax. The drawbridge over which Bond convincingly drives a hook-and-ladder fireplace truck because it’s opening, is the Lefty O’Doul Bridge subsequent to Oracle Park. Stacey’s house was the Dunsmuir Hellman Property in Oakland, which you’ll tour.

By all means, that is the proper place for a chase with an enormous fireplace truck.

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Perched on the second flooring of the Eiffel Tower, the Jules Verne is the place Bond met with French personal detective Achille Aubergine earlier than Mayday dispatched Aubergine with a poisoned fish hook. The actual restaurant’s inside is nowhere close to as massive because the stage set proven on display screen, however it’s nonetheless beautiful. Reservations are important, and with dinner beginning at 190 euros for a tasting menu, it’s extremely a lot a special day restaurant. (My husband and I took my mother-in-law there on her solely journey to Europe, and she or he was beside herself.) The meals was wonderful and the views elegant, and it can save you a bit by going for lunch. After you eat, head out for the view of Paris, however go away your parachute at house. Zorin’s opulent residence is 20 miles north of Paris at Château de Chantilly, although I have never been. 

Wine with a view on the Jules Verne Restaurant.

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On line casino Royale


The primary Daniel Craig movie takes us to a world of thrilling places: the Czech Republic (which stood in for Montenegro), the Bahamas, Venice and Italy’s Lake Como. In fact, Venice is at all times value a go to. Areas seen in On line casino Royale embrace the Grand Canal, Campo San Barnaba (additionally a filming location for Indiana Jones and the Final Campaign) and the outrageously ritzy Cipriani Resort. 

There isn’t any place like Venice.

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You solely go to twice: The ultimate scene in From Russia With Love (the place Bond kills villain Rosa Klebb earlier than she will kick him together with her switchblade-tipped footwear) additionally was shot in Venice, as had been elements of Moonraker together with the absurd bit with Bond driving a gondola-turned-hovercraft by means of St. Mark’s Sq.. 

For those who go to St. Mark’s Sq., go away your gondola hovercraft at house.

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Lake Como

After Venice, journey 150 miles west to the shore of Lake Como within the foothills of the Alps. Like Venice, it is a place with a deserved grand status. Certainly, the inexperienced hills spilling down into the sensible lake are as lovely as you anticipate. Within the movie, Bond recovers from his shipboard torture at Villa del Balbianello close to the city of Lenno. You may tour the villa’s luxurious inside, however the spotlight is the opulent gardens that border the lake. That is additionally the place Anakin Skywalker marries Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: Episode II: Assault of the Clones. So go forward, take your journey companion and maintain them such as you did by the lake on Naboo.

Villa del Balbianello: a spot for relaxation and weddings.

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Additional north on the lake’s western shore is Villa Gaeta, the place Bond shoots Mr. White within the leg on the finish of the movie. It isn’t open for excursions, however it has a couple of residences you could ebook. Exterior of touring (or searching for) lakeside villas, among the finest issues you are able to do in Lake Como is spend time hopping across the lake on one of many ferries. Simply watch the shore go by, possibly with a bottle of wine, and gawk on the houses of the wealthy and well-known. 

The city of Varenna on the lake’s japanese shore makes for a nice place to remain. Simply accessible by prepare from Milan, it is a quieter and extra low-key various to the vacationer hub of Bellagio with its luxurious retailers. Hike as much as the Fortress of Vezio and the village of Fiumelatte to see Italy’s shortest river crashing down the hillside in a waterfall. Then, deal with your self to dinner on the fantastic Osteria Quattro Move on the town. Albergo del Sole is a nice place to remain.

Simply cruising round Lake Como on a ferry is a deal with.

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One for the canine: For those who watched the episode of Netflix’s Canines that includes Ice, the 10-year-old Labrador retriever and first mate on a fishing boat, his human household operates Ittiturismo Ristorante Mella in Bellagio.

This Bellagio is healthier than the one in Las Vegas.

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Each Bond film passes by means of wonderful London for not less than a quick go to, normally to M’s workplace to get his mission briefing. Skyfall, although, provides us a grand tour of the British capital as Bond rushes to guard M from murderer Raoul Silva. We get glimpses of fashionable sights just like the Palace of Westminster, Whitehall and Smithfield Market earlier than paying a go to to M’s terrace home. Although it is not named on display screen, she naturally resides in Knightsbridge, a complicated neighborhood in West London the place you may discover the Harrods (skip it) and Harvey Nichols (go to) department shops and the Victoria and Albert Museum (completely go to). 

The MI6 headquarters in London makes its presence felt.

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The MI6 headquarters depicted within the movie is the true constructing that homes the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service. Situated in Vauxhall in west London, it has a divisive and bloated postmodern design that appears a bit like a ziggurat (“Babylon-on-Thames” is considered one of its nicer nicknames). There isn’t any MI6 present store or museum, so you’ll be able to solely stroll by and look previous the fortress-like gates. For the very best view, cross the Vauxhall Bridge and picture the constructing blowing up because it did on the display screen (one thing that additionally occurred in The World shouldn’t be Sufficient.)

Bond meets Q on the Nationwide Gallery in entrance of The Preventing Temeraire by Joseph Mallard William Turner. One of many world’s high artwork galleries, it is a huge place so tour at your leisure (admission is free, however donations are welcome). Later, Bond chases Silva by means of the Charing Cross Underground station, leaping onto the again of a Jubilee Line prepare. Transit geeks and Londoners will discover that though the station within the movie is signed as Temple, that is a separate Underground cease not far-off (the Jubilee Line would not cease at Temple). 

The rooftop swimming pool the place Bond takes a dip in Shanghai is definitely throughout London on the Virgin Energetic Membership in Canary Wharf (the Shanghai backdrop was added digitally). Full of glass skyscrapers, buying malls and luxurious flats, Canary Wharf appears to be like like extra New York than previous streets of Covent Backyard. Then hop on the Docklands Gentle Railway to the Island Gardens cease on the Isle of Canines (sadly, it is not what you would possibly assume) and stroll by means of the 118-year-old Greenwich foot tunnel beneath the River Thames. Take a look at the superior interiors of the Previous Royal Naval School (the place M attends the funeral of the victims killed within the assault on MI6 headquarters) earlier than hopping one of many Thames Clippers boats to return to central London. You are on this planet’s biggest metropolis so get pleasure from your self.

The Previous Royal Naval School in Greenwich with the towers of Canary Wharf past.

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Glen Coe

Wildly beautiful Glen Coe is the setting for Bond’s ancestral Scottish house, the place he takes M to (unsuccessfully) conceal out from Silva. Although the driving scenes when the pair first arrived in Scotland had been shot right here, Skyfall Lodge was a short lived set constructed close to Elstead, Surrey, about an hour’s drive southwest of London. The scene the place they cease the automotive to soak up the view was shot in Glen Etive, a brief drive from Glen Coe. 

Straight from Central Casting, a scene of the Scottish Highlands.

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A protracted valley (or glen) carved by an ice age glacier from an historical volcano, Glen Coe is a postcard image of the wonderful Highlands. Craggy hills draped with mist line a inexperienced valley flooring threaded by the crystal River Coe. Do not complain if the climate is blustery because it’s all a part of the expertise (I’ve heard it may be sunny, however that is Scotland so do not rely on it). Drive the size of the valley stopping on the viewpoints alongside the best way to soak up the stark, moody setting and the waterfalls tumbling down the cliffs. The Customer Centre on the western finish provides an incredible overview of the world’s pure and human historical past, together with the 1692 Glencoe Bloodbath. 

Virtually as lovely as Glen Coe, Loch Leven is a superb place to remain within the space.

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For those who go to, take into account the Loch Leven Resort in close by North Ballachulish. Set proper on the water, the 17th century resort is heat and welcoming with snug rooms, a superb restaurant and a beautiful wood-paneled pub.

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