In 1962, James Bond made his debut on the big screen inDr. No, setting a cinematic standard as the globetrotting secret agent 007. From London to Jamaica and beyond, Bond's adventures have spanned the world, taking audiences to over a hundred real-life locations in the past six decades.
InJames Bond Destinations, explore the iconic places that have played a pivotal role in Bond's jet-setting journeys. Each chapter offers insider insights and unforgettable scenes, like Ursula Andress emerging from Jamaican waters, Daniel Craig's high-speed car chase in Rome, and Roger Moore's epic showdown on a Sugarloaf cable car in Rio.
In the early to mid-1960s, when international travel was a rarity, Bond films captivated audiences, igniting dreams of glamorous vacations and solidifying the franchise as a trusted guide to adventure. Barbara Broccoli, daughter of the original Bond producer, recalls how her father aimed to transport people on magical adventures.
As travel became more accessible, the Bond experience evolved to stay ahead. Producers like Michael G. Wilson found new, unseen locations or transformed well-known places into spectacular settings, ensuring each Bond film continued to deliver the thrill of exploration. For example, the streets of Rome inSpectrerequired meticulous blocking, and Venice's Grand Canal closed for the first time in centuries forCasino Royale, allowing Daniel Craig's Bond to sail unobstructed.
Daniel Pembrey is the author of the Henk van der Pol detective books, a series of crime fiction novels set in Amsterdam. As a journalist, Pembrey has contributed to Architectural Digest, The Telegraph, Condé Nast Traveller, The Independent, and the Financial Times. A die-hard 007 fan and a frequent editorial collaborator at EON, the production company behind the James Bond film franchise, Pembrey lives directly across the King’s Road from Bond’s fictional apartment in Chelsea, London.