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Booking a Vacation? Do it Like Mr & Mrs Bond

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Whatever your opinion of the lifestyle that James Bond— in his many incarnations— leads, it can’t be denied that he gets to see some jaw-dropping destinations along the way. Here are some of the most spectacular.

Grandhotel Pupp, Carlsbad

Film: Casino Royale
You might remember it as: Hotel Splendide (in “Montenegro” for the purpose of the film,) where Daniel Craig’s 007 plays a high-staked poker game.

Somerset House, London

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Film: GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies
You might remember it as: St Petersburg Square, where Jack Wade’s car breaks in GoldenEye, and as the Ministry of Defence in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire

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Film: Goldfinger
You might remember it as: The landscape of the famous round of golf between Bond and Goldfinger, and where Oddjob decapitates a statue with his hat.

Basilica Cistern, Istanbul

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Film: From Russia With Love
You might remember it as: A secret waterway under Istanbul, which Kerim and Bond paddle through to get to the Russian consulate.

Himeji Castle, Japan

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Film: You Only Live Twice
You might remember it as: The impressive hilltop 14th-Century castle was used as the site of the ninja training school that Bond visits (in real life, it’s now a World Heritage Site popular with tourists.)

Bourton-On-The-Water, Cotswolds

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Film: Die Another Day
You might remember it as: The setting for part of the ice chase scene (covered in artificial snow at the time,) in addition to the nearby ex-RAF aircraft runway at Upper Rissington.

Hotel Cipriani, Venice

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Film: Casino Royale
You might remember it as: Bond moors his yacht at this impressive hotel, while he and Vesper make plans for their escape, before a fast-paced chase across the city.

Glencoe, Scotland

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Film: Skyfall
You might remember it as: Many of Scotland’s awe-inspiring landscapes provide the backdrops to some of 007’s equally dramatic moments, and Glencoe is the location of Bond’s family estate (though the house itself was fake.)

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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Film: A View To Kill
You might remember it as: The scene of the final dramatic confrontation between 007 and Max Zorin.

Monsoon Palace, Udaipur

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Film: Octopussy
You might remember it as: The residence of exiled Afghan prince Kamal Khan.

Canal Bridges, Amsterdam

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Film: Diamonds Are Forever
You might remember it as: Assassins Mr Wint and Mr Kidd stand on the city’s famous Skinny Bridge in one of the film’s opening scenes, before Bond is shown driving his yellow Triumph Stag in the background.

Ko Tapu, Phang Nga Bay, Phuket

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Film: Man With The Golden Gun
You might remember it as: The pristine beach is where Scaramanga challenges Bond to a duel, after destroying his plane.

Piazza San Marco, Venice

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Film: Casino Royale
You might remember it as: The setting for many scenes of Daniel Craig’s Bond, and the location of the hotel in which he stays with Vesper.

Sugarloaf Mountain, Rio de Janeiro

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Film: Moonraker
You might remember it as: Where Jaws tries to kill 007 and Dr Holly Goodhead in the cable car.

Piz Gloria, Schilthorn, Switzerland

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Film: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
You might remember it as: The jaw-dropping backdrop of 007’s ski escape, pursued by Blofield.

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

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Film: The World Is Not Enough
You might remember it as: “Castle Thane”, where Q gives Bond a demonstration of bagpipes that double as a machine gun.

Meteora, Greece

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Film: For Your Eyes Only
You might remember it as:
St Cyril’s, an abandoned mountaintop monastery, where Bond climbs the rock wall.

Lake Palace, Udaipur

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Film: Octopussy
You might remember it as: The majestic floating palace became the lair of Octopussy in the 1983 film.

Contra Dam, Ticino, Switzerland

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Film: GoldenEye
You might remember it as: The famous bungee jump scene (yes, you can try it for yourself— if you dare.)

The Maiden’s Tower, Istanbul

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Film: The World Is Not Enough
You might remember it as: Where Bond gets captured in the tower by Elektra.

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

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Film: Die Another Day and A View To Kill
You might remember it as: The location of some spectacular car chases.

Giza Plateau, Giza, Egypt

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Film: The Spy Who Loved Me
You might remember it as: One of the Seven Wonders Of The World, this is also where 007 goes in his quest against villainous shipping magnate Karl Stromberg.

Furka Pass, Switzerland

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Film: Goldfinger
You might remember it as: Yet another car chase scene (surrounded by a pretty captivating landscape).

Dunn River Falls, Jamaica

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Film: Dr No
You might remember it as: Where Sean Connery’s Bond and Honey Ryder took a dip in the waterfall.

Spiaggia Capriccioli, Sardinia

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Film: The Spy Who Loved Me
You might remember it as: The sparkling sands where he emerges with his waterproof Lotus Esprit after an underwater battle.

Château de Chantilly, France

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Film: A View To Kill
You might remember it as: Where Bond pretends to be interested in a horse sale in an attempt to find out what Max Zorin is up to.

Hong Kong

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Film: Die Another Day
You might remember it as: The scene of Brosnan getting the “kiss of life” in Hong Kong after escaping his captors might have been done in a studio, but it did show an impressive view of the city skyline.

First published on Vogue.co.uk by Katie Berrington

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