After all the hype the moment has finally arrived. Following premieres in the UK and the States, tonight cinemas across Australia will begin screening Skyfall, the latest James Bond film in the massively successful series. Daniel Craig once again dons the dinner jacket to investigate an attack on MI6. Here at Flight Centre, we particularly love the stunning hotels and resorts that take centre stage in many Bond films.
Here are our favourite hotels to feature in the Bond series.
Langham Hotel, London
The incredible Victorian façade of London's Langham Hotel was featured as the Grand Hotel Europe in the 1995 hit, GoldenEye, with Pierce Brosnan in the lead role. Travellers can experience the luxury of the property by checking into one of the 380 guest rooms or suites. The hotel was first opened in 1865 and has entertained royalty, celebrities and dignitaries.
|Taj Lake Palace Hotel, Udaipur
Originally completed in 1746 as a royal summer palace, the Taj Lake Palace Hotel was used as the abode of Octopussy in the 1983 film of the same name. The stunning building is situated in the middle of Lake Pichola, giving a new sense to the concept of a water view, and was converted into a luxury hotel in the 1960s. The famed Taj Hotel Group became managers in 1971.
|Half Moon Bay Club, Jamaica
In the 1973 classic Live and Let Die, the Half Moon Bay Club provided the perfect hotel room for a property located on the fictional voodoo island of San Monique. The actual resort is situated in Jamaica at Rose Hall and boasts a stunning beach front setting and 400 acres of landscaped gardens.
The sweeping aerial shot at the beginning of the 1964 film, Goldfinger features the iconic Miami Beach hotel, Fontainebleau. In the film the location becomes the site of the murder of Jill Masterton at the hands of the evil Oddjob. Today the resort is one Florida's major destinations and boasts 1,504 guest rooms that have incredible views over the Atlantic Ocean.
|Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
In Diamonds Are Forever, the final outing for Sean Connery, the iconic Las Vegas Hotel and Casino became the Whyte House casino to play a central role in the 1971 film. When the property opened for business as the Las Vegas Hilton in 1969 it was the largest hotel in the world - Barbra Streisand was the headline act at the opening. Other big name performers who have entertained the punters at the venue include Elvis Presley and Liberace.