One week to go until the new Bond film SKYFALL hits the cinema. Can’t wait! Some UK media is reporting this is one of the best Bonds ever.
I recently visited some of the film locations from SKYFALL in London. I’d like to share some of the highlights from the trip and some of the classic Bond related venues that anyone can visit. I mean, who wouldn’t want to live the Bond lifestyle for a day or two?
The best way to start is to do a James Bond tour. Britmovie Tours offers a 3 hour guided tour that gives you great overviews of what locations have been filmed have been used in the new film and in the past.
Then head off for some Bond action with a rib boat tour, like the opening scenes of the 1999 film The World is Not Enough, which began with a high speed chase down the Thames. It’s great fun! Especially when you get up to full speed and hear the classic Bond tune in the background. And you get to see some great attractions on the way, like the M16 building where Bond would be based.
Then the action continues, this time climbing the roof of the O2 Arena! The O2 also features in The World is Not Enough. I really enjoyed this! Very different, very steep and very windy!! Feels like being on a top of a mountain. Wouldn’t recommend it if you are afraid of heights though….
After a day packed with action it’s time to relax over a martini at one of Ian Fleming’s favourite hangouts: The Dukes Hotel. Fleming’s infamous line, “shaken, not stirred” was derived from the barman behind this hotel.
If Martini isn’t your cup of tea, I’d suggest you take stroll along Jermyn St and visit some of the shops associated with Bond. Floris, where you can still can buy Fleming’s favourite perfume, NO.89. Contiuing down the street you shouldn’t miss Turnbull & Asser, who have provided shirts for Daniel Craig, and the pyjamas for Judi Dench. They also have a Royal Warrant as shirt makers to Prince Charles.
For pre-dinner drink, try Vertigo 24, a champagne bar with stunning views over the city. Then you can either stay in the building and enjoy an evening meal at Rhodes 24 or try one of Fleming’s favourites, Scott’s Restaurant.
And to end the evening in style, try the new Cigar Room the May Fair. They do fantastic chocolate martinis that you can enjoy in front a fire place. If you like me have a sweet tooth, then you will love it. (They do regular Martinis too, of course).
Other locations to look out for in Skyfall: M16, The National Gallery, Smithfield area, Old Royal Naval College and The Four Seasons Canary Wharf (the pool scene in the trailer was filmed here and they used the hotel for other sequences too). Outside London, Glencoe in Scotland.
P.S Did you know you can win a trip living the Bond Lifestyle for a weekend? Have you got what it takes become a secret agent? Try our game AgentUK, for your chance to win.
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