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Visiting James Bond locations

It's always great to be able to go and visit a James Bond filming location and over the years I've been lucky enough to visit a few of these locations both in the UK and abroad.

Hotel Danieli in Venice as briefly featured in Moonraker as the hotel in which Dr Holly Goodhead is staying. (Visited May 2018)
The Venini glass shop in Venice as featured in Moonraker. Located just off St Marks Square this is the shop James Bond enters before going through to the glass factory and museum. (Visited May 2018)
The scene of the sinking palazzo in Venice as featured in Casino Royale. Located just past the Rialto Bridge the red building was digitally replaced in post production with a miniature model they filmed sinking. (Visited May 2018)
The fish/vegetable market in Venice as featured in Casino Royale. Located on the Grand Canal just past the sinking palazzo seen above, this is where Vesper first sees Gettler from the yacht. (Visited May 2018)
The Longchamp shop in Venice as featured in Casino Royale. Located at 79a St Marks Square this is the shop that doubled as the Basel Bank you see Bond enter in pursuit of Vesper. (Visited May 2018)
The Bridge of Sighs in Venice as featured in From Russia With Love. This is the bridge you can see in the background just before the end credits roll as Bond and Tatiana are seen on a gondola. (Visited May 2018)
Two locations in St Marks Square in Venice both featured in Moonraker. The image on the left is the Torre dell ‘Orologio clock tower where you see Bond throw Chang through the clock face. The image on the right is just outside the Venini glass shop where you briefly see Bond pause before entering the shop and later where he passes by with M and Frederick Gray. (Visited May 2018)
The gondola boat yard in Venice as featured in Moonraker. This can be seen in the gondola boat chase scene and is located just around the corner from the Squero di San Trovaso. (Visited May 2018)
The ballroom of the Ca’Rezzonic in Venice as featured in Moonraker. This is the room that is used as Drax's office where Bond, M and Frederick Gray enter wearing gas masks. (Visited May 2018)
Fondamenta Fenice in Venice as featured in Moonraker. This is the location where Bond and M discuss him going to Brazil after they leave Drax's office shown above. (Visited May 2018)
Two of the bridges seen in the scene where Bond chases Vesper through the streets of Venice in Casino Royale. The top images are from Sotoportego Del Cavaletto just off St Mark's Square. The bottom images are of Ponte del Malpaga bridge near the church of San Barnaba. (Visited May 2018)
Three small locations all next to each other in Venice as featured in Moonraker. First are the buildings and canal you see Bond and Dr Holly Goodhead outside when 007 surprises her after they have both left the glass museum. Then is the bridge that Dr Goodhead leaves over and lastly are the steps that Bond takes to get into the waiting gondola. These are all located near the corner of Fondamenta Misericodia and Fondamenta S. Felice. (Visited May 2018)
The canal and bridge in Venice as featured in the boat chase in Moonraker. This is the canal where the lovers in the gondola narrowly miss 007 in the Bondola but then have their boat cut in half by the pursuing speedboat. Located just around the corner from the locations shown above. (Visited May 2018)
The low bridge in Venice as featured in the boat chase in Moonraker. This is the bridge where the coffin with the knife thrower inside is knocked off the top of the boat. This is located on the Fondamenta Foscarini just next to the excellent Living In The Past record and book shop. (Visited May 2018)
City Hall in San Francisco as featured in A View To A Kill. (Visited May 2012)
The stunning Golden Gate Bridge as featured in A View To A Kill. (Visited May 2012)
Another San Fransisco location as featured in A View To A Kill – Fisherman's Wharf where Bond meets CIA agent Chuck Lee. (Visited May 2012)
The Gasometer buildings in Vienna as seen in The Living Daylights. These are the buildings where Koskov is seen climbing up the steps inside and his plane takes off from as part of his escape from Bratislava. (Visited May 2017)
The giant ferris wheel in Prater Park, Vienna as seen in The Living Daylights. Bond and Kara go for a romantic spin in cabin number 10, alas I just missed getting into the same cabin! (Visited May 2017)
The shop Bond and Saunders use to try and protect Koskov whilst he defects in Bratislava in The Living Daylights. This shop is actually in Vienna and is opposite the Volksoper building seen below. (Visited May 2017)
The Volksoper used in The Living Daylights as the building where Koskov escapes his minders and 'defects' to the West. You can see the window where Kara sits pretending to be a sniper and also the toilet window Koskov climbs through. (Visited May 2017)
Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna as seen in The Living Daylights. Bond and Kara drive past this building as part of their horse-drawn carriage ride around the city. (Visited May 2017)
The tram station and toilet doors Bond is seen using after picking up Kara's cello case from the tram as seen in The Living Daylights. Again both of these buildings are in Vienna and are doubling for Bratislava. (Visited May 2017)
Kara's apartment door and the tram line seen outside her apartment as seen in The Living Daylights. Again these are both in Vienna, although in the film are meant to be Bratislava. (Visited May 2017)
The street Bond and Koskov drive along after leaving Saunders after the defection and another location seen during the horse-drawn carriage ride as seen in The Living Daylights. (Visited May 2017)
Eon House - the home of Eon Productions Ltd. in London. Located at No.138 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London. (Visited September 2017)
An abandoned station for abandoned agents - the doorway Pierce Brosnan enters as James Bond in Die Another Day for his meeting with M. This is located on the opposite end of Westminster Bridge from Big Ben. (Visited September 2017)
The safehouse above Hildebrand Prints and Rarities overlooking Trafalgar Square as seen in Spectre. This is located at No.35 Spring Gardens, London. (Visited September 2017)
The Fighting Temeraire by Joseph Mallord William Turner as seen in the scene with Bond and Q in Skyfall. This is located in Room 34 of the National Gallery on the corner of Trafalgar Square. Unfortunately the painting is no longer hung in the exact same place as it is seen in the film. (Visited September 2017)
Somerset House which doubled as a St Petersburg square in GoldenEye when Zukovsky's car breaks down. It is also the Ministry of Defence when Bond is seen driving the Aston Martin DB5 in Tomorrow Never Dies. Somerset House is located just off the Strand, London. (Visited September 2017)
Rules restaurant where is is seen dining in Spectre. Alas, the street was having work done to it on the day I visited hence the works and scaffolding. Rules can be found at 34-35 Maiden Lane, London. (Visited September 2017)
The Scottish valley that Bond and M stop at whilst driving to Skyfall Lodge from Skyfall. This valley is actually situated not far from Glencoe, the location where James Bond grew up according to Ian Fleming. (Visited May 2014)
The Royal College of Arms as featured in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The building is still exactly the same as it was back in 1969 and is very easy to find just near to St Paul's Cathedral on Queen Victoria Street, London. (Visited March 2017)
Not a Bond location, but I did manage to spot these two whilst on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Unfortunately I didn't have time to find Sean Connery's or Cubby Broccoli's. (Visited May 2012)
Again, not a Bond filming location but certainly one of importance to the world of James Bond. This is Ian Fleming's house at 22b Ebury Street, London, where he lived from 1934-1945, during the majority of his career in naval intelligence. (Visited August 2014)
During the summer of 2014 50 uniquely designed book benches were placed around various locations in London. One was created for the James Bond stories (pictured) and placed in Bloomsbury Square Gardens. You can find out more about the Books about Town book benches here. (Visited August 2014)
If you are interested in visiting locations from the Bond films I can highly recommend the above books - James Bond's London by Gary Giblin (Daleon Enterprises, UK, 2001) and On the Tracks of 007 by Martijn Mulder and Dirk Kloobsterboer (DMD Digital, Netherlands, 2008). Both are superb reads and really useful resources. Martijn also runs the On the Tracks of 007 website which is a great place to find out about the more recent locations not covered in the books. Their Facebook page is also a useful place to look and get advice, tips and help from fellow Bond location hunters.
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