James Bond’s London
The world’s most famous spy, 007, is a British classic anti-hero. Although his exploits take him all over the world, a lot of James Bond films rely heavily on filming in London. For the true Bond-fans among you, here is a list of some James Bond locations you can visit while in town!
The National Gallery
Film: Skyfall – It is here in Room 34 that James Bond first meets Q, who supplies him with a pistol.
Nearest Station: Charing Cross or Leicester Square
Film: Tomorrow Never Dies and Goldeneye – Somerset House doubles as the War Office in TND and sees James Bond pulling up outside in his Aston Martin DB5. In Goldeneye the giant centre courtyard nestled in the middle of Somerset House was played off as a courtyard in St. Petersburg!
Nearest Station: Charing Cross or Temple
The Reform Club
Film: Die Another Day and Quantam of Solace – James Bond’s fictional club, Blades, first appeared on our screens in DAD where Pierce Brosnan fenced and had a brief conversation with Madonna! In QoS the Reform Club stands in for the Foreign Office.
Nearest Station: Charing Cross, Green Park or Piccadilly Circus
Vauxhall Cross – The SIS Headquarters
Film: Goldeneye, The World is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Skyfall – The real home of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, the building at Vauxhall Cross is famous the world over as the home of MI6 in the Bond films. Although destroyed in Skyfall, visitors will still find it standing safely in one piece on the riverbanks of the Thames.
Nearest Station: Vauxhall
Film: Octopussy, A View of Kill, License to Kill, Skyfall – Whitehall is the real-life home to British government and has featured in a few Bond films. James Bond has been briefed ‘inside’ these buildings, and the major thoroughfare here was shutdown for the filming of Skyfall, where Bond not only runs down the road past the government buildings, but also stands on the top near the end of the film, overlooking the Whitehall district where he meets Mrs. Moneypenny.
Nearest Station: Charing Cross or Westminster
And a couple locations that weren’t in films, but still have a place in James Bond history!
Bond Connection: Duke’s Hotel was a popular haunt of Bond creator Ian Fleming. It was at the bar here that Ian first thought of the infamous “shaken, not stirred” line. It’s also said that both Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery celebrated their casting as James Bond with, of course, a martini. The bar is still open, still pouring martinis, and can be visited by Bond…or civilians just like us.
Nearest Station: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus
Bond Connection: In case you missed the widely-celebrated Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics, Daniel Craig as James Bond travelled to Buckingham Palace. Once inside (followed by a pair of Welsh corgis), he met with the Queen – who then travelled with him to the Olympic Park and then parachuted out of a helicopter into the Olympic Stadium! If you haven’t seen it yet, treat yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1AS-dCdYZbo
Nearest Station: Green Park or Victoria
27 Green Street
Bond Connection: This fabulous townhouse was the birthplace of Ian Fleming on the 28th of May 1908.
Nearest Station: Marble Arch
16 Victoria Square
Bond Connection: Fleming moved into this property in March of 1953 and it was here that he wroted 12 of his James Bond novels, before dying here in 1964.
Nearest Station: Victoria