Travelling from Mexico to Austria to sweltering Morocco, Spectre takes our hero across continents. This is nothing new for a film franchise known for its exotic locations.
We provide tips gleaned from Bond’s travels and examine where he’s hung his hat.
Location, location, location: Known for exploring the lives of villains hiding in exotic locations, the Bond franchise has become a veritable travel treasure trove. From the first Bond film, Dr No, which was mainly filmed in the small Jamaican town Oracabessa, to the aptly named Paradise Island in the Bahamas where much of 1965 film Thunderball was filmed, Bond has travelled to many a tropical oasis.
The tourism impact of the franchise is so strong that Khao Phing Kan, an island in Thailand northeast of Phuket, which was featured in 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun, has become known as James Bond Island.
The franchise is also known for high-flying stunts filmed across the world including flying off the Rock of Gibraltar, to climbing the rock face leading to the Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Meteora above Kalambaka in Greece, to fighting up on a satellite at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.
Then there’s the headquarters of MI6 in London itself. If you’re ever on a visit, take the James Bond Bus Tour of London, a three-hour guided journey through James Bond film locations including sites from Spectre, Skyfall, Golden Eye, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day and more.
Follow the example of James Bond and travel in style:
Pack your suit: Regardless of where he is in the world, Bond is rarely far from a perfectly tailored suit or tuxedo, designed with just enough girth to make action sequences a breeze.
Accessorise: Renowned for the nifty gadgets he travels with, from bombs disguised as pens to trick briefcases, to the Omega Seamaster Professional Watch used in Golden Eye that uses a laser to cut through the floor of a train compartment, Bond is always prepared. Now that the Omega watch Bond wears in Spectre – the Omega Seamaster 300 “SPECTRE” Limited Edition – is available to the public you too can own the ultimate travel accessory, boasting a LiquidMetal 12-hour scale, ensuring you’re always on time regardless of the country you find yourself in.
Know how to get around: A new set of wheels (often with a signature ejector seat) greets our hero wherever he may land, from the AMC Hornet X that performs the breathtaking bridge jump in The Man with the Golden Gun to various incarnations of the iconic Aston Martin, including the V12 Vanquish which has adaptive camouflage that renders it invisible.
Stay hydrated: Bond’s drink of choice in any location, a Martini, shaken not stirred, reminds us of the importance of staying well hydrated.
Spectre is currently showing at cinemas throughout SA