Holiday treats for 007 enthusiasts
Date Created: 03 August 2015
If you’re familiar with the James Bond filmography you will know that 007 has visited over 30 countries worldwide since his debut on screen with Dr.No in 1962. Many of the settings used for the films are stunning gems worth visiting. The impact of Bond films on locations is undeniable. The tourist industry in Jamaica for example - where the first Bond, Dr No, was set - still benefits, 40 years on - Here’s our top 5 picks!
Dr. No (1962) – Golden Eye resort (Jamaica)
This 52-acre resort is built into its tropical surroundings on Jamaica’s north coast, with a low footbridge across the lagoon and new but rustic-looking cottages that line a 500-foot strip of crescent-shaped sand. Ian Fleming built the resort and wrote all 14 Bond novels here; a recent renovation, completed in 2010, has brought this resort to a new life: a high-end retreat with a laid-back attitude.
You only live twice (1967) – Hotel New Otani Tokio (Japan)
Hotel New Otani appears in the James Bond film "You'll Only Live Twice" as the Japanese headquarters of SPECTRE.Opened for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Hotel New Otani was then Japan’s tallest building, and its revolving sky-bar was a symbol of modernity. Although it is now one of Tokyo’s older luxury hotels, a major 2007 refurbishment means the facilities now match the famously high-standards of service that would still satisfy Hachisuka, the lord who owned the estate on which it is built.
The man with the golden gun (1974) – Phang Nga Bay (Thailand)
Bond flies over Phang Nga Bay on his way to hitman Scaramanga's island hideaway on Ko Tapu, now known as James Bond Island. Here, Scaramanga shows Bond his solar power plant hidden in the rocks, destroys his plane, sits down for lunch with him and then suggests a duel on the beach, which he walks away from!
Octopussy (1983) – Taj Lake Palace (India)
A real-life jewel in Lake Pichola, this eighteenth-century palace is a sweep of courtyards, corridors, and pavilions inlaid with stone, gilt molding, and mirrors. Guests reach the four-acre man-made island via private boat and are taken to rooms with hand-painted motifs, mosaics, silk bolsters, swings, and stained glass.
Die another day (2002) – Eden Project (UK)
The Eden Project featured as a set location for James Bond villain Gustav Graves’ diamond mine in the film Die Another Day; in real life it is a treasure trove for all sorts of exotic flora and fauna. Based in Cornwall, The Eden Project consists of futuristic artificial biomes that contain plant life from all across the globe.
Written by Vittoria Soddu.