As James Bond is a member of the British Secret Service, the English capital, London has been a pivotal location for many Bond films. Here at Flight Centre, we think it'll be cool to take a dedicated James Bond tour of London, checking out major landmarks associated with the series.
Here are our top five London attractions that feature in various Bond films.
The memorable pre-title sequence of The World Is Not Enough with Pierce Brosnan features the Millennium Dome. The action sequence concludes with Bond rolling down the roof of the structure which - when it was filmed in 1999 - hadn't opened to the general public yet. Today the Dome is known as The O2 and was used a venue during the recent London Olympics.
|The National Gallery
There are various locations around London that set the background for the latest Bond outing, Skyfall. At the austere National Gallery, Bond meets Q played by Ben Whishaw; in the scene the relationship between these two iconic characters is explored. Other prominent locations in SkyFall include the Smithfield Meat Markets, Canary Wharf, the historic Charing Cross station and the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.
London's prominent arts centre, The Barbican, was used as the location of MI6 in Quantum of Solace, Daniel Craig's second outing in the iconic role. The venue consists of several auditoriums and regularly hosts world-class theatre presentations, symphonic concerts and art exhibits.
|Les Ambassadeurs Club
The 1962 classic that kicked off the Bond film series was Dr No with Sean Connery in the title role. The movie is set in Jamaica and England. It was at a fictional upmarket gambling club in trendy Mayfair called Le Cercle, that cinema goers were first introduced to 007. This is where Bond first said those immortal words, "Bond, James Bond." The actual club, Les Ambassadeurs continues to attract Bond fans.
In Die Another Day, Gustav Grave spectacularly parachutes in front of Buckingham Palace. Other key sights around London that can be seen in Pierce Brosnan's last film as 007 include Green Park, the Houses of Parliament, Pall Mall and the Thames.