Here at Flight Centre, we're thrilled to hear that Turkey takes a starring role in Skyfall, the latest James Bond outing. This is the third time that 007 has headed to this fascinating country. The first time was in the 1963 classic, From Russia With Love where Ian Fleming accompanied the production team on location, while the second trip was only a short visit in The World Is Not Enough with Pierce Brosnan. Given the focus on Turkey, we think it'll be cool to do a tour of Turkey following in the immortal footsteps of Bond.
Here are the top five Turkey attractions that feature in Skyfall.
The opening pre-title sequence for Skyfall features Istanbul's iconic Eminonu Square. When Bond realises that important information has been stolen from an injured MI6 agent he chases the assailant through the streets of central Istanbul into Eminonu Square. The Square is surrounded by an ancient Spice Bazaar and the beautiful Yeni mosque.
The high-speed pursuit continues into the city's famous Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over three thousand shops. The Bazaar attracts up to 400,000 visitors daily. In the film, the rooftops of the Bazaar serve as a spectacular platform to view Istanbul's stunning skyline.
From Istanbul the chase moves to Adana, a modern city in the agricultural heartland of Turkey, close to the Eastern border. This is the setting for a major beat in the chase sequence featuring one hundred speeding cars and vans, a high-speed lorry crash and a show stopping motorcycle stunt.
The climax of the stunt sequence takes place at the breathtaking Varda Bridge, an hour outside of Adana. The bridge was built in 1912 and is five hundred and seventy feet long and three hundred feet high.
The beautiful Mediterranean town of Fethiye is used as an off the beaten path seaside setting where Bond finds himself at his lowest ebb. When visiting Fethiye, after checking out the beach, be sure to admire the Lycian sarcophagus and ancient Greek Amphitheatre.