The southern coast of France, also known as the ‘French Rivièra’ and ‘Côte d’Azur’, is a very popular tourist destination for Europeans and Americans. There, the beautiful French country landscape meets the blue Mediterranean, and the large beaches give you that inviting look we all know from the Caribbean. In the '50s the area established itself as one of the most elegant places on earth and since then it has always been like a second home for many of the world's rich and famous. For various Bond films, the EON crew travelled to this part of the world to shoot some memorable scenes, the most important filming location undoubtedly being Monaco.
As one of the world’s smallest states, Monaco has long been a famous resort. Although it maintains its independence, it is closely tied to France. With its beaches, well-known gambling casino, and luxurious hotels, it offered a nice setting for James Bond’s 1995 comeback, Goldeneye. Entering from the surrounding mountains, you should take the Grand Corniche to find the exact spot where Bond brought his Aston Martin to a sudden halt after racing Xenia. Since the actual race scenes were filmed about one and a half hour away from Monaco, we will talk more on that later in this story.