James Bond tourism
James Bond, also known as Agent 007, is one of the world's most successful literary and motion picture franchises, and has codified the spy fiction genre. The novels and films have been set at locations around the world, most of them available to visit.
Spoiler alert! This article reveals plot details.
- "My name is Bond... James Bond."
James Bond's original author Ian Fleming wanted to write the "spy story to end all spy stories", and produced twelve books from 1953 to 1966. Bond is mainly a product of Cold War Europe, where the Soviet Union was the main antagonist. Since then, the franchise has expanded to other media, such as video games and animated series.
While interior scenes of the films have usually been recorded in Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, most exterior scenes have been shot at the actual locations. Most exceptions have been scenes in the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War, which were recorded elsewhere.
The complete list of James Bond film locations is very long (see Wikipedia). The list below contains real-life locations accessible to tourists, which have been prominently featured in at least one film, as well as studios, hospitality venues and other locations connected to the franchise.
Due to tradition, the sets have been concentrated to European cities, as well as the Caribbean.
- SIS building, London (United Kingdom). London contains the SIS building, which opened in 1994, and has been visible in most films of the Brosnan and Craig periods.
- Montenegro, location of the Casino Royale in the 2006 film. While the original novel placed the casino in a fictional town in northern France, the casino seems to be inspired by Monaco.
- Venice (Italy). Three Bond films have been set and recorded here: From Russia With Love (1963), Moonraker (1979), and Casino Royale (2006).
- Istanbul (Turkey). As for Venice, three films were set and recorded here: From Russia With Love, The World Is Not Enough and Skyfall. The latter also features the Varda Bridge, an arched structure spanning over a deep ravine in the Taurus Mountains in the south of the country, built in 1912 to accommodate the Berlin–Baghdad railway.
- Paris (France). Featured in Thunderball and A View To A Kill.
- Vienna (Austria). Setting for The Living Daylights, Timothy Dalton's first film.
- Glencoe (Scotland). In Skyfall, the namesake manor is located here.
- Pinewood Studios (Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom). Most interiors of the films have been shot here, such as M's office and 007 Stage (The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to A Kill, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, all Daniel Craig's Bond movies and many other non-Bond movies).
- Leavesden Studios (Leavesden, Hertfordshire). Some scenes of GoldenEye (1995) were shot here.
- James Bond Museum (Nybro, Sweden). Though no James Bond film has been set or recorded in Sweden, the small town of Nybro has the world's only known James Bond museum.
- Admiral Hotel, Via Domodossola, 16, 20145 (Milan, Italy). Hotel (****)/museum based on James Bond merchandise and set objects.
- Rome. Part of Spectre (2015) locations
- Hong Kong. As a British colony, Hong Kong featured in You Only Live Twice and The Man With the Golden Gun. Following the transfer to China, a short sequence of Die Another Day was set here.
- Tokyo (Japan). Featured in You Only Live Twice and Diamonds Are Forever.
- Ko Tapu (Thailand). Featured in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and since then known as "James Bond Island".
- Miami (United States). Featured in Goldfinger (1964), at a glance Thunderball (1965), and Casino Royale (2006).
- Ocho Rios with Dunn's River Falls (Jamaica). Featured in Dr. No (1962).
- Nassau (Bahamas). Featured in Thunderball (1965), its unofficial remake Never Say Never Again (1983) and Casino Royale (2006).
- Goldeneye Hotel and Resort (Orcabessa, Jamaica), ☎ 876-6229-007. Buildt on Ian Fleming's estate in Jamaica, "house" of his novels.