Incentive Travel: Best Places for James Bond Themed Events

GoldeneyeThe 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie, Dr. No released on October 5, 1962, is just around the corner. From Russia with with Love was released in 1963 and Goldfinger hit the screens in 1964.

The next 2 years are ideal to plan James Bond-themed corporate events and incentive travel. Fortunately, many sites that were critical to shaping James Bond are still around and locations where the movies were shot are still intact.

Goldfinger

Goldfinger, the 3rd James Bond movie was filmed in Florida, Kentucky (near Fort Knox), the UK and Switzerland (Lucerne and Andermatt). The 350-acre Stoke Park Club in Buckinghamshire represented the St. George Golf Club. (It was also used for Tomorrow Never Dies.) The movie uses exteriors and interiors of the Fountainbleau Hotel in Miami. Replicas of some areas of the hotel were created at Pinewood Studios in the UK. 

From Russia with Love

While the novel and film are both set in the former USSR, From Russia with Love, the second James Bond movie, was filmed in Zagreb (Croatia), Belgrade (Serbia), Istanbul and Venice. Istanbul attractions included the Hagia Sophia mosque and The Grand Bazaar (one of the world's busiest markets) and Yerebatan Sarnici-Basilica Cistern in Sultanahmet Square, which has been converted to a museum.

Dr. No

One of the opening scenes for Dr. No, based on Ian Fleming's 1958 novel was set at Le Cercle at Les Ambassadeurs Club in Hamilton Place and shot at Pinewood Studios. Most of the movie was shot at Jamaican locations in Port Royal (Morgan's Harbour Hotel and Marina), Kingston and Ocho Rios.

James Bond Trivia

Ian Fleming was a bird watcher. James Bond, an American ornithologist and author of Birds of the West Indies, published in 1936, met with Ian Fleming in Jamaica and gave permission for the use of his name.

Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond novels at Goldeneye, his Jamaican winter retreat. Today, Goldeneye is a seaside resort and part of Chris Blackwell's sparkling Island Outpost collection of boutique hotels. (As a young man, Chris Blackwell was a location manager on the set of Dr. No.)

Jamaica

While Thunderball was filmed in The Bahamas and Miami and The Man with the Golden Gun was flimed in Asia, the original adventure novels were set in Jamaica.

Much of Live and Let Die, set in the fictitious island of San Monique, was filmed in Jamaica at various Montego Bay location. In Falmouth, James Bond walked on the backs of the crocodiles and the Green Grotto Caves served as Kanaga's Lair.

For all of these reasons, by far, the best place to create James Bond-inspired events is Jamaica.

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