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Stoke Park Club

England excl London

If you want to see locations used in most of the Bond films, from Dr. No (1962) to SPECTRE (2015), come visit the English countryside. Join me on a fabulous trip and see places like Nene Valley, Stoke Park Golf Club, Chalfont Park House, Ascot and Oxford. Rent your car and go location hunting in James Bond's home country.

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Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Jamaica

In the early 50’s Ian Fleming wanted to settle in the Caribbean. He was looking for a suitable place where he could return every winter and write about the adventures of his new hero James Bond. His friend Noel Coward told him about the most beautiful island in the Caribbean, Jamaica. Here you will find Fleming's former home Goldeneye and filming locations from Sean Connery's first Bond film Dr. No (1962) and Roger Moore's first, Live and Let Die (1973).

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Istanbul

Turkey & Istanbul

Turkey’s capital Istanbul can best be described as a real-life fairytale. Advertised by Sean Connery in 1963, with the words “Moonlight over the Bosporus...”, Istanbul truly is a romantic city. This lead to full exposure of the city’s splendour in From Russia With Love and again in 1999’s The World Is Not Enough. More recently, Istanbul and other parts of Turkey featured in Skyfall (2012).

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Piz Gloria on top of the Schilthorn in Switzerland

Switzerland

The Alps, Europe’s highest mountain range, are shared by France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. Shaped by glaciers 2,5 million years ago, this region with a total area of 70,000 square miles (240,000 km²) has, apart from the environs of London, the highest density of Bond locations in the world. Parts of the films Goldfinger, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, For Your Eyes Only, Goldeneye and The World Is Not Enough were filmed here.

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The Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas

The Bahamas

After Jamaica, the Bahamas is James Bond’s second favourite travel destination. The fourth Bond film Thunderball was shot here in 1965 as well as its unofficial remake Never Say Never Again in 1983. Especially in Thunderball the romantic lure of the Bahamas is used as a running character throughout the whole film. James Bond returned to the Bahamas in 2006, in Daniel Craig's debut, Casino Royale.

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Nachi-no-taki in Japan

Japan

Of all the locations in the Bond films, Japan still stands firmly as the most exotic ever used. In my opinion at least. Back in 1966/67, it was considered exotic, unspoiled and unknown enough to send Bond there on his latest mission, You Only Live Twice. Today these things can still be said of this beautiful country. Its cultural heritage and a very turbulent history filled with samurai, kamikaze pilots and two devastating atomic bombs, make Japan one of the most interesting countries to visit. Welcome to Japan, Mr Bond!

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Meteora in Greece

Greece

In the heart of the Mediterranean Sea lies one of Europe’s most interesting countries: Greece. Its mainland surrounded by thousands of islands, Greece played an important part in European history. It also provided dazzling filming locations for James Bond’s 12th adventure, For Your Eyes Only, which brought Roger Moore’s Bond back to reality. Let us take you on a journey to the island of Corfu and the Meteora region on the Greek mainland.

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Herdade do Zambujal in Portugal

Portugal

In 1968, director Peter Hunt was on the verge of making “the best Bond film ever”, as he often described it. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was to become a different Bond film. Hunt wanted to stay as close to Fleming’s original story as possible, and took his film crew to Portugal. To the area around Lisbon, to be exact, and found some remarkable places that were simply perfect as the setting of James Bond’s ultimate love story.

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Hiking in Scotland

Scotland

Many of the Bond films have been filmed in parts of the UK, often doubling for the most exotic countries. Truth is that this is not a recent trend. This already started back in 1963 when it was decided that for From Russia With Love’s finale Scotland could be used, instead of Turkey. Apart from brief glimpses in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and The World Is Not Enough (1999), the beautiful Scottisch countryside could be seen in the 50th anniversary Bond film Skyfall (2012). So put on your hiking shoes and follow me to Sean Connery's home country, exploring Scottish roots. Or... routes.

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Amsterdam canals

Amsterdam

In Thrilling Cities, Ian Fleming describes the various cities he visited for the Sunday Times. He claimed to have focused on the “bizarre and perhaps the shadier side of life”. In his book he forgot to visit one city: Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands. Amsterdam is one of the most important diamond centres in the world. Therefore it seemed logical that Amsterdam was chosen to be a filming location for the 1971 Bond movie Diamonds are Forever.

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Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas

Las Vegas, San Francisco, LA

The small desert town of Las Vegas in Nevada became a small city when construction of the Boulder (now Hoover) Dam began, in the early 1930’s. With gambling legalized in 1931, Las Vegas started its rise to world fame as the gambling capital of the world. Connery returned as James Bond in 1971's Diamonds Are Forever and much of the film's action was filmed in and around La Vegas.

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Bourbon Street - New Orleans

New Orleans

One of my dreams has always been to travel along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, When the time had finally come to make this trip I was well prepared to delve deep into the history of Bond filming in Louisiana, more specifically the New Orleans area. In October 1972, on Friday the 13th, principal filming began for Roger Moore's first Bond film, Live and Let Die.

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New York

New York

New York is probably the toughest, most unsentimental city in America, but in spite of all its unsolved problems and inconsistencies it appeals to millions of visitors every year, who are attracted by its gigantic dimensions, its tolerant open-mindedness and its roaring vitality. Parts of Live And Let Die were filmed here in 1973, giving you another good reason to spend time in 'the city that never sleeps'.

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong & Thailand

In 1974, The Man with the Golden Gun became Roger Moore’s second 007-adventure, for which the producers had come up with some amazing locations in the Far East. The chase of the hit man Scaramanga takes Bond from Macau and Hong Kong via Bangkok to the luxurious holiday resort Phuket in the south of Thailand. To visit all these places it is a great idea to combine city sightseeing with Phuket beaches.

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The pyramids of Gizeh, Egypt

Egypt

Egypt - cradle of mankind, Cairo - mother of the world, labels given to this unique country on the Nile by historians and travellers in the past. Since the early 19th century numerous archaeologists tried to solve the secrets of a 5000-year history. Bond (Roger Moore) went there in 1977 to fight against the megalomaniac shipping magnate Karl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me.

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Sardinia

“Lost between Africa and Europe“ is how the English writer D. H. Lawrence described Sardinia in 1921 in his book “Sea and Sardinia“. Throughout its 2500-year history the island was invaded and occupied by foreign conquerors from all corners of the Mediterranean Sea. One of its more recent visitors was James Bond, who came here accompanied by Soviet agent Triple-X Anya Amasova in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

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Brazil

For the filming of Moonraker, in 1978/79, the film crew took Roger Moore to Brazil. It was the first time, that Bond crossed the equator and he carried out his mission there on some of the most scenically beautiful and fascinating spots of this roaring South American country. In the first place it is Rio de Janeiro and secondly it is Iguaçu Falls, a magnificent waterfall on the Brazilian / Argentine border.

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Lake Pichola, Udaipur, India

Udaipur

India is a fantastic country to visit, full of unique colour, smells and flavours. Its rich history and interesting culture instantly gives you the feeling of being in a different world. 007 visited India once, back in 1983. Tracing the buyer of a Fabergé egg, Bond ended up in the city of Udaipur where he also found the stunning Octopussy.

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Branderburg Gate, Berlin

Berlin

Close to Germany's eastern border, almost in Poland, lies a hidden gem. A city tortured by its past, struggling to recover from the depths of history, about to emerge and flourish like never before. There is so much to tell about Berlin, one simply does not know where to start! Let's see where we can fit in 1983's James Bond film Octopussy, starring Roger Moore, partially filmed in this beautiful city..

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The Cote d'Azur, the French Soutch coast

France: Côte d'Azur

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. 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. Various Bond films were filmed in the coastal towns and in Monaco.

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Paris' Eiffeltower

France: Paris

In the centre of France lies the wonderful city of Paris. With the river Seine as its artery, Paris really is the heart of modern Europe. It is the city of love, art and fashion. Adored by love birds, mentioned in millions of poems and songs, and a great inspiration to every artist. Paris has a lot to offer to Bond fans as well. Scenes for Thunderball, Moonraker and A View To A Kill were filmed in and around this amazing destination.

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Where East meets West: Vienna, Austria

Austria & Vienna

Looking for a romantic weekend destination? Time to discover another gem in Europe. A destination that combines easily with some genuine Bond location hunting: Vienna, the capital of Austria. While the country itself is mostly known for its mountains, Austria has much more to offer. Birthplace of famous composers like Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mahler and Strauss, Austria leans heavily on its cultural heritage.. Large parts of The Living Daylights (1987) and SPECTRE (2015) were filmed here.

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Tulum, Mexico

Mexico

Stuck between the Atlantic and the Carribean, Mexico is a dream destination for everyone interested in ancient culture, beaches, diving and - of course - James Bond locations. From sunny Acapulco to the Maya pyramids in Yucatan, Mexico has it all. In 1989 the coutry doubled for Isthmus in Licence To Kill, and in SPECTRE (2015) the country's capital was the backdrop for the spectacular Day of the Dead scene.

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Miami Beach, Florida

Florida

Apart from a very brief intermediate stop in 1964 in Goldfinger, we had to wait until 1989 to have a closer look at one of the USA’s most attractive holiday destinations. Florida, or rather the Florida Keys and Key West were the marvellous settings for Timothy Dalton’s second outing as 007 in Licence To Kill. Since this time, unlike with Goldfinger, everything was really shot on the spot in southern Florida, for us Bond fans America’s Sunshine State is a superb location hunting ground.

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London

London

His adventures have taken 007 to all four corners of the world. Since most of his missions begin with a briefing by his boss M in London, it's about time you pay a visit to the British capital. In more than fifty years of Bond filming, a lot of scenes have been shot in London. Sometimes only establishing snapshots, in other cases London locations doubled for other places in the world. Wanna find out?

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Hamburg Germany

Hamburg

You cannot claim that Hamburg is one of the most exotic Bond locations. Tropical beaches and breathtaking scenery are not on offer. Instead of that you will find elegant boulevards, shopping malls and above all the city’s main feature: the second largest container harbour in Europe. Hamburg is also a newspaper capital, so Hamburg was an appropriate location for the headquarters of the megalomaniac media mogul Elliot Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies.

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Barcelona, Spain

Spain

In the southwest of the European continent, Spain is one of Europe’s largest countries. The unique location at the crossroads of Europe and Africa and at the junction of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic has given its long history a richness and complexity not shared by that of other European countries. 007 came to Spain multiple times since 1967 and you are about to find out when and where exatcly. Prepare for an amazing trip to an even more amazing country..

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The Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

Venice

‘Venice! A magnificent city! A city with an irresistible appeal to the educated, because of its history as well as its present charms.’ Thomas Mann hits the nail right on the head in his novel ‘Death in Venice’ in 1912. Bond visited this unique city at the northern tip of the Adriatic Sea three times. First briefly in 1963 in From Russia With love, then in Moonraker (1979) and finally in 2006 for Casino Royale.

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