You know the drill; Martini, shaken, not stirred. Impeccably tailored tuxedo. Impossibly cool personality. We’ve all dreamed of living like James Bond, and while your job might be more Desk Warrior than International Man of Mystery, you can still get a taste of the lifestyle on your next vacation. Why not take a leaf from Bond’s book and explore the locations of his most classic encounters on your next trip. After all, what’s a vacation if not a chance to daydream of an altogether more exciting existence?
The Man With the Golden Gun – Khao Phing Kan, Thailand
Immortalized on screen as the hideout of Scaramanga, one of the most popular Bond villains of all time (played by Christopher Lee), Khao Phing Kan Island will have you reminiscing about the good old days, when criminal masterminds had a special dastardly flair. Not to mention when Roger Moore’s Bond was the ultimate arbiter of style A short boat ride from the beaches of Phuket, the gravity-defying limestone outcrops really are quite spectacular. In fact the private boat trip might turn out to be more enjoyable than your time on the island – if you visit in high season you’ll no doubt be accompanied on your pilgrimage by many other tourists. See all our villas in Thailand
Casino Royale – Paradise Island, Bahamas
Picture a Daniel Craig in a crisp white shirt stepping down from a private seaplane as speedboats pass by under an endless blue sky and you’ll start to understand the appeal of the Bahamas. Several of the scenes for the film were shot at the Ocean Club on Paradise Island – including the poker game in the library where Bond takes wins out over villain Dimitrios. For a Bond-worthy experience, head for a sundowner on the pool terrace (you can even order a Casino Royale – made from vodka, gin and Lillet) before enjoying dinner in the Dune restaurant from top chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. See all our villas in the Bahamas
Dr No – Ochos Rios, Jamaica
The sight of Ursula Andress emerging from the ocean in Dr No wowed movie-goers everywhere when the film was released in 1962, and set the seductive tone for the early Bond movies. Some 50 years later, the beach at Laughing Waters is still pristine, and a wonderful place to spend the afternoon, basking on the sand and exploring the waterfall and shoreline. The beach is privately owned so you’ll need to arrange a tour in advance.
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