Do You Love James Bond? Check Out Our Map Of Filming Locations [Infographic]
As movie-goers are once again gripped by 007 fever with the new film, SPECTRE, we decided we simply had to follow in our hero’s footsteps.
From the stunning Caribbean beaches of Nassau to Italy’s charming Lake Garda, Bond film locations are as exciting as the leading man’s adventures.
Set across the globe, Bond has traversed a travel itinerary that would make the most seasoned travellers green with envy.
Check out our map of real life film locations, so you can create your very own James Bond travel experience.
Classic James Bond Scenes Across The Globe
Everyone has their favourite Bond movie and some of the iconic scenes have been filmed throughout the world’s most spectacular regions. For travel inspiration, here’s a look at our top picks.
The scene that turned Daniel Craig and his swimming trunks into an international sex symbol in Casino Royale was filmed in Nassau, in the Bahamas. As the capital of the Bahamas, Nassau is a cosmopolitan hub, a favourite cruise ship port and a bustling city of museums, historic buildings and fabulous shopping opportunities.
Its biggest drawcard, Paradise Island, is almost exclusively for visitors, with aqua-marine water, beaches for miles, lush resorts, a golf course, an aquarium, a casino and a vibrant nightlife worthy of Bond himself.
Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
The Grandhotel Pupp is a luxury hotel located in Karlovy Vary, in the Czech Republic. It’s also famous for exterior and interior shots in Casino Royale, doubling as the Hotel Splendide in Montenegro.
A Bohemian spa town, Karlovy Vary is glamour personified, with international travellers making the most of sulphur baths and spa treatments. You can relax in charming riverside cafes, hike in the surrounding hills and enjoy arts and entertainment among grand, baroque buildings.
Lake Garda, Italy
The thrilling opening car chase scene in Quantum of Solace is filmed alongside Italy’s Lake Garda. Italy’s largest lake has served as inspiration for artists and writers throughout the world; and it’s not hard to see why.
The lake is surrounded by the regions of Lombardy, Trentino Alto-Adige and the Veneto. You can visit charming villages, go vineyard-hopping, head to Gardaland Theme Park or try your hand at water sports on the lake.
In Quantum of Solace, the ‘plane chase scene’, where Bond is attacked while flying a vintage DC3 plane, was filmed in the barren mountainous landscape of Baja California, in Mexico.
Blessed with deserts, lush oases and marine life, Baja California is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico. There, you can catch the grey whale migration from December to April, discover compelling cave art, laze on white-sand beaches and go diving, fishing, kayaking and partying into the wee hours.
While Istanbul is still Turkey’s number one tourist hotspot, many visitors head to Adana Province to see the Varda Viaduct. Famous for the scene in Skyfall where Bond fights on top of the train and falls from the bridge, the viaduct is a stunning example of architectural design.
Istanbul is an historic, magical city that makes the perfect base for further exploration of Turkey. The dazzling minarets, charming tea gardens, Byzantine architecture and exotic cuisine blends East and West in the city that straddles two continents.
Hashima Island, Japan
The deserted island of Bond’s villain in Skyfall is a real life destination you can see for yourself, near Nagasaki, in Japan. Once a community of 5000 people, it was abandoned in the 1970′s and left to the elements, becoming the crumbling, ghostly attraction we see today. Tour companies will take you to the island from Nagasaki, which is linked to all the major Japanese hubs by air.