16 Stirring James Bond Locations

From sunny Jamaica to frozen Iceland, 007 has seen it all

By Google Arts & Culture

Dunn's River Falls, Jamaica

The first Bond film, Dr No (1962), sees the 00 agent foil a plot to disrupt a US rocket launch. On the beach not far from these falls, Ursula Andress made her unforgettable entrance as Honey Ryder.

Hagia Sophia, Turkey

In From Russia with Love (1963) Bond meets Soviet agent Tatiana Romanova in the Hagia Sofia to retrieve an encryption device. But neither he nor she know this is an assassination trap set up by the ominous SPECTRE.

Furka Pass, Switzerland

Goldfinger (1964) is considered by many to be the finest film of the franchise,a nd its locations don't disappoint. Tracing Auric Goldfinger to his secretive metalworks leads Bond on a tour of the stunning Furka Pass in the Swiss Alps.

Château d'Anet, France

In the pre-title sequence of Thunderball (1965) Bond and Mademoiselle La Porte watch the funeral of SPECTRE agent Jacques Bouvar taking place in this chapel. But as we soon find out, all is not as it seems…

Himeji Castle, Japan

Preparing to attack the hidden volcano lair of SPECTRE in You Only Live Twice (1967), Bond visits Tiger Tanaka's ninja training school at Himeji Castle, where traditional throwing stars go hand-in-hand with rocket pistols.

Schilthorn, Switzerland

The revolving restaurant at the Schilthorn's peak, Piz Gloria, was actually financed by the producers of On her Majesty's Secret Service  (1969) on the grounds that they would be able to use it in the film.

United Nations Headquarters, USA

The above-board diplomacy of the United Nations is shattered in Live and Let Die (1973) when a British agent is killed by a sonic weapon transmitted through his headphones. We can't imagine anything as dramatic occurring in the real-life General Assembly Hall.

Khao Phing Kan

The towering limestone cliff faces of Khao Phing Kan and nearby Ko Ta Pu were made famous as the secret lair of Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). This brought such fame that the islands are now popularly known as James Bond Island.

SIS Building, England

Perhaps one of London's 'worst kept secrets', the UK's Secret Intelligence Services (formerly MI6) has headquartered in this building on the River Thames since 1994, and it's featured in many Bond films since then.

Somerset House, England

The imposing stone facade of Somerset House in central London has played a part in a number of Bond films, but in Goldeneye (1995) it stands in for the chilly streets of St Petersburg.

Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico

The heart-stopping finale of GoldenEye (1995) sees 007 battle his traitorous former comrade Alex Trevelyan high above the satellite dish of Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. As Bond offers a final farewell to Trevelyan, he destroys the facility.

Tha Dien Daeng Road, Thailand

A climactic chase in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) sees Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and his accomplice Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) are chased by Elliot Carver's henchmen over the flat roofs of 'Ho Chi Minh City', actually Tha Dien Daeng in Bangkok.

Eilean Dolan Castle, Scotland

The island castle of Eilean Dolan features in a memorable moment of The World is Not Enough (1999) as the Scottish headquarters of MI6. Here, agents gather for the wake of British oil tycoon Sir Robert King.

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

The glacial lake of Jökulsárlón in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland, first featured in the prelude to A View to a Kill (1985) and was the site of the arctic car chase in Die Another Day (2002).

Grandhotel Pupp, Czech Republic

This luxury hotel, dating to 1907, in the Czech city of Karlovy Vary appears in Casino Royale (2006) as the Hotel Splendide in Montenegro. Here, Daniel Craig's rookie 007 gambles with danger in a game of Texas hold 'em poker with Le Chiffre.

Paranal Observatory, Chile

Peru's Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert stands in for the Bolivian eco hotel in the 2008 film Quantum of Solace. Director Marc Forster chose the harsh, arid location to enhance the sense of Bond's revenge.

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