Anyone excited for Bond 25? With it being recently confirmed that the upcoming movie will be Daniel Craig’s fifth and final performance as the spy – as well as Oscar winner Rami Malek being confirmed as the movie’s new villain – we thought we’d take a look at the destinations that make these films the thrilling and lavish blockbuster hits they are.
001 – Jamaica
If you’re a true Bond fan, you’ll know that this stunning island could be considered the true home of James Bond – as this is where creator Ian Fleming wrote more than a dozen novels and short stories featuring the 007 agent.
‘Dr. No’ ‘Live and Let Die’ ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’ and ‘Octopussy’ are largely or partly set on the island of Jamaica – with the films based on the first two even being shot here.
And the good news for you is that with Marella Cruises, you can choose to do a Cruise and Stay here. That means you’ll embark on a glorious seven-night cruise around the highlights of the Caribbean, before enjoying up to a week’s stay in Jamaica.
With a whole week to get a flavour of the island, you’ll soon see why this luxurious backdrop inspired the adventures of Fleming’s cool character. Slide on your favourite bikini or your best shorts, sit back on the sand and you’ll be feeling like a Bond girl or the man himself in no time.
002 – Venice, Italy
Who could forget Daniel Craig’s first Bond performance in 2006’s Casino Royale? The scenes of him and Vespa manouvering their way through Venice’s famous waterways make for a remarkably romantic backdrop – that is, before all hell breaks loose with an inevitable speed boat chase.
Sail through the maze of canals yourself on a gondola and explore all that the marvelous St Mark’s Square has to offer. Tick off St Mark’s Basilica, Doge’s Palace and the Bridge of Sighs – and don’t forget to treat yourself to something from one of the many designer shops. Bond does love his smart attire, after all.
003 – Cairo, Egypt
In The Spy Who Loved Me starring Roger Moore, Bond is dispatched to sunny Cairo in Egypt – and even in such extreme heat, somehow manages to don a suit perfectly!
But of course that isn’t the only marvel here – this culture-rich capital was home to one of the greatest civilisations the world has ever known – the ancient Egyptians.
Gaze upon the pyramids of Giza and stand before the Sphinx for a truly spectacular selfie. As Bond would no doubt tell you, knowledge is power. And there’s a wealth of knowledge to be gained in this destination, with museums featuring everything from ancient papyrus scrolls to Tutankamun’s tomb.
004 – St Petersburg, Russia
The tank chase scene in Golden Eye is arguable one of the most thrilling scenes throughout the whole Bond franchise. Why take a taxi around St Petersburg when you can take a tank?
Although Pierce Brosnan’s Bond manages to somehow navigate the streets of this city in a T-55 tank designed for the armoured units of the Soviet Army during the Cold War, we’d recommend trying to keep the city intact and seeing the sights on foot.
Take in the historic St Isaac’s Cathedral before spending some time in the Heritage Museum, home to over three million pieces of art. And in true Bond style, make sure you test out the Russian vodka with a martini or two – shaken, not stirred, of course.
005 – Havana, Cuba
In Die Another Day – once again featuring Pierce Brosnan as the suave secret agent – Bond drives across half of Cuba from Havana to the made-up island of Los Organos.
Most James Bond fans can’t deny their love for cars, making Cuba the perfect retreat for those who are partial to an elegant engine. Bond himself drives a 1957 Ford Fairlane through the glorious Cuban countryside, and you won’t be short on spotting classic cars from the 1940s and 50s whilst you’re here.
It’s essentially a living museum for retro vehicles – so make sure to rent one for yourself or hop in one acting as a taxi. In this unique location, you’ll feel like someone’s about to shout ‘cut!’ at any second.
006 – Rome, Italy
A good car chase seems to be the key component of every successful Bond film, and the main one featured in 2015’s Spectre took place on the cobbled streets of Rome.
Although Bond’s Aston Martin ends up in the Tiber River – after coming bumper-to-bumper with gentleman listening to Opera music in his Fiat 500 (could he be anymore Italian?) – we’re pretty sure he’d still agree that Rome is up there as one of Europe’s most impressive cities.
Make a wish in the Trevi Fountain, stroll around the iconic Colosseum and feast to your heart’s content on the most authentic pizza and pasta you’ll likely ever taste. When in Rome!
007 – Thailand
And last – but certainly by no means least, we have the simply stunning backdrop of Thailand. Khao Phing Kan is an island which lies in Phang Nga Bay – northeast of Phuket – and is responsible for being one of the most iconic Bond locations of all time.
About 40 metres from the shores of Khao Phing Kan is a 66ft tall islet -featured in the 1974 Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun, starring Sir Roger Moore. This backdrop became so recognisable that the area is now more popularly known as ‘James Bond Island’.
To get a slice of Thailand’s otherworldly scenery for yourself, Marella Cruises offer amazing itineraries to Asia that take in the likes of Bangkok and Koh Samui. Slap on some sunscreen and soak up the sights – you’ll feel like you’re ‘on set’ in seconds.
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