James Bond’s latest adventure in ‘Spectre’ sees the world’s most famous spy travel through Morocco by train. While the real-life trains may not be quite so stylised, they’re comfortable, fast and you can sit back and relax as the rolling countryside whizzes by, without an evil henchman in sight. So, you too can Make Tracks to Spice Filled Souks, which got us thinking about some of our favourite destinations to feature in the always epic James Bond films…
1. The Man with the Golden Gun | Phang Nga Bay, Thailand
Scaramanga’s secret hide out is famously filmed in the Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay. A lot’s changed since the 70s though and the bay is now far from secret. However, journey just a short distance to nearby Ko Yao Yai and you’ll be surrounded by uninhabited rocky islands that thrust up from the water. The perfect getaway to hatch those evil plans…
2. Moonraker | Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Bond didn’t have such a great time in Rio as he travelled Sugar Loaf Mountain’s cable cars and was violently assaulted by an enormous man with metal teeth. For a less harrowing experience take a stroll through Rio’s colourful favelas and perhaps add-on a heart-warming visit to our Local Project; Casa de Santa Ana.
3. Octopussy | Udaipur, India
The heavily guarded lair of the beguiling Octopussy is in fact the Lake Palace in the middle of Udaipur’s Lake Pichola. The city is famous for its forts and temples, but it’s the glassy lake which creates an intoxicating romantic atmosphere. What Bond girl could resist?
4. Quantum of Solace | Atacama Desert, Chile
Disguised as a Bolivian village, the film’s climax is in fact in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Rather than discovering sinister plans for world domination, spend your time in the Valley of the Moon to witness a sunset that colours the surrounding valley shades of red, purple, green and blue.
5. Skyfall | Shanghai, China
Bond’s Shanghai visit mostly consists of grappling with a mercenary in one of Shanghai’s iconic skyscrapers. There’s so much more to the city of Shanghai than its skyline though. Wander through 19th Century alleyways, take a river cruise on the Huangpu then top it all off with a vodka martini in a rooftop bar. Shaken not stirred of course.