Travel Like James Bond - 007 Holiday Destinations

15 October 2012

It's been 50 years since James Bond first exploded onto our screens, in an epic tangle of adrenaline, seduction and unadulterated style. Sean Connery introduced the unflappable English spy hero in 1962's Dr No, filmed in beautiful Jamaica. There are three things central to any Bond film: fast cars, beautiful women and exotic locations: and it's the latter that we're going to concentrate on.

To celebrate the release of the 23rd instalment in the Bond saga, Skyfall, we've picked our favourite 007-inspired holiday destinations, shaken, not stirred. Of course, Bond's various nemeses can only lure him to the most spectacular and striking destinations around the world. After all - what's a Bond film without a pristine beach, a breathtaking mountain backdrop, or a vibrant cityscape?

Skyfall - Turkey

The latest Bond movie sees 007 back in familiar territory - Istanbul. From Russia With Love (1963) and The World Is Not Enough (1999) were also filmed here. The Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world plays host to a thrilling rooftop bike chase featuring trains and cars as the pre-credit sequence gets underway.

The mandatory stunning beach can be found at Calis Beach, on the outskirts of old market and harbour town, Fethiye, in South West Turkey. Nestled between lush pine forests and the glistening Mediterranean Sea, the town's famous bazaar sells everything from an abundance of fresh fruit, herbs and spices to designer handbags, belts and clothes. Tuesday is the best day to go, and be sure to barter with stallholders to get the best deal.

Quantum Of Solace - Italy

Bursting into action with the obligatory action-packed car chase through the tunnels around Italy's spectacular Lake Garda, Quantum of Solace showcases one of Europe's most beautiful countries. From the magnificent mountain backdrop of Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake, surrounded by lush fields of sunflowers, vineyards and olive groves - to the medieval cityscape of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, it soon becomes clear that Italy is a destination in a league of its own. If you're looking for a place drenched in culture and oozing the style and sophistication that would make Bond himself proud, then look no further. As well as the beautiful landscapes, it's worth visiting if only for the mouthwatering traditional Italian cuisine.

QoS fact: 14 Aston Martins were wrecked during filming.

Casino Royale - The Bahamas

Not only the destination for the 2006 debut appearance as Bond for Daniel Craig, the heavenly islands of The Bahamas have also played host to seven 007 movies, including Thunderball (1965), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Never Say Never Again (1983).

Of course the islands' immaculate white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters provide the perfect scenery for Daniel Craig to woo Bond girl Vesper Lynd, but it's New Providence Island (where capital city Nassau is located), and neighbouring Paradise Island that take centre stage in the 2006 remake Casino Royale.

Bahamas Bond fact: Stuart Cove, Sean Connery's stunt double in his face-off with a shark in Never Say Never Again, runs regular scuba and snorkelling trips to 007 sites in The Bahamas.