Sep 01, 2015
Follow in 007’s footsteps in London – Bond’s spiritual home.
Showcasing the world’s largest collection of original James Bond vehicles – including Goldfinger’s majestic Rolls-Royce, Sean Connery’s Aston Martin DB5 and Roger Moore’s white Lotus Esprit from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) – the Bond in Motion exhibition occupies the London Film Museum, located by the Covent Garden piazza.
Bond flicks may be synonymous with exotic destinations but dozens of scenes have been shot at the leafy Pinewood Studios, west of London. You can have lunch here as part of a tour taking in the various London locations that have featured in the 24 Bond movies – including those from the new film, Spectre.
Remember Pierce Brosnan’s Bond pursuing a femme fatale down the River Thames in The World Is Not Enough (1999)? You can enjoy a similar high-octane adventure on a Thames RIB (rigid inflatable boat). During The Ultimate MI6 Spy Experience, you’ll hear 007 anecdotes and the unmistakable Bond theme as you zip along the river.
Fleming regularly frequented St Ermin’s, a historic “spy” hotel that served as a wartime HQ for special operations and MI6. A hidden tunnel is said to run from underneath the hotel’s grand staircase to the corridors of power in Westminster. Even if you don’t stay at St Ermin’s, at least have a drink in its elegant Caxton Bar, where many a top secret has been divulged.
Discover how fact and fiction often collide in the murky world of espionage on Brian Gray’s intriguing, spook-themed private walking tours of the British capital. Calling himself “Mr X”, the softly spoken Scot meets clients outside the Old Admiralty Building, where Ian Fleming was based with naval intelligence during World War II. ￼
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