Re: What Bond locations have you been to?

From my recent vacation in Japan (July-August).  While others bring their traveling gnomes, I brought along a couple of my Bond toys:

Though not screen accurate, here's Bond and Aki racing through the Ginza:

Commander Bond, perhaps visiting "Dikko on the Ginza":

Taken not quite from the exact same vantage point, here's Commander Bond visiting Himeji Castle:

Also not canon, but I happened to have with me my reading copy of YOLT that I bought in 1984, on Miyajima Island, a short distance from Hiroshima.

Aki rescuing 007 in her zippy Toyota in front of Osato Chemicals, now known as the New Otani Hotel:

"Am I to say "I love you" to one of these chaps?"  Though not at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan sumo arena used in the movie, this was taken at the Arashio-beya Sumo Stable where one can watch Sumo practice for free from the street from 6:30 to 10:00 am.  Interestingly, I just learned that both venues were roughly the same distance from my hotel, just a little over 2 km and had I known this I would have also visited that sumo arena for the sake of it being a filming location.

"...the purposeful slant of his striding figure looked dangerous, as if he was making quickly for something bad that was happening further down the street." -SMERSH on 007 dossier photo, Ch. 6 FRWL.....


Re: What Bond locations have you been to?

PP4me wrote:
Number24 wrote:

Can you tell us more about what you saw from the Production of Bond25 there, please?

We went to Fort Rinella to view the 100ton gun, I was aware the Malta Film Studios were located next door so generally very pleased to have a look into their area next door.

There was no indication, notices or signage whatsoever on what the set up for filming was, plenty of preparation activity being undertaken, truck and FLT's movement and water tank was empty but certainly no mention of anything related to Bond.

Hope these help on showing proximity of Fort Rinella to the Film Studios.
View we had looking into 'square' water tank
Ariel view showing both water tanks and Fort Rinella
Ariel view of Fort Rinella
Pirate ship berthed on rough ground


Re: What Bond locations have you been to?

Number24 wrote:

Quoting Peppermill: The Bibliography (2012) states that the town is based on the coastal towns of Deauville, just south of Le Havre, and Le Touquet.

I stayed a little bit outside of the main festivities area in the town of Cabourg, an hours drive down the coast from Le Havre. I was lodged in the Grand Hotel, right across from the casino. A solid choice for a little of the Casino Royale roleplay.  ajb007/bond  . Only downside really was, that since I was working, I had take to the road early every morning to get where I needed to be in Bayeaux, Omaha Beach or Vierville Sur Mer. A colleague asked what I was thinking booking that particular hotel, and I had to make a quick lie of "there was nothing else available"  ajb007/tongue .

Anyways, I'll be sure to get back there with little more time and maybe check out the casino also. Food was as excellent as ever in France, and the D-Day 75th was a magnificent but very much a somber celebration. I have a strong feeling, that as the time inevitably marches on and sets its ravages on the heroes of the Longest Day, the 80th. will have more the feeling of remembrance than of celebration.

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