James Bond is a different type of traveler from the rest of us – and he’s not exactly the type to bother with boring border papers when he travels around the world.
No stress about Covid tests and passenger locator forms for 007, just private planes and a martini or two while relaxing in (or out of) a tuxedo with one of your main ladies.
In No Time to Die, the secret agent’s latest outing on the big screen – which premieres at the Royal Albert Hall on September 28 – it’s no different. Here we bring together the main locations of the film …
Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux in a scene from No Time to Die, which will premiere in the UK on September 28
PORT OF KINGSTON, JAMAICA
The Caribbean Island has long been a prime Bond filming location; scenes of Dr No were filmed on the island and he even played the role of the fictional San Monique in Live And Let Die. The Port of Kingston is also featured in No Time To Die.
Stop for some jerk chicken and a chocolate martini (maybe not to the taste of 007) at Tracks And Records, the bar and restaurant of sprinting legend Usain Bolt.
WHERE TO STAY: Climb into the Blue Mountains to stay at the sublime Strawberry Hill, opened in the 1990s by Chris Blackwell, the record producer who brought the world’s attention to Bob Marley; double from £ 224 B&B (fraisehillhotel.com).
ATLANTIC OCEAN ROUTE, NORWAY
The film sees Bond hurtling down the five mile Atlantic Ocean road, above, in his classic Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Connecting the island of Averoy to the Norwegian mainland through a group of rugged islands spanned by eight bridges, the five-mile Atlantic Ocean Road provides a spectacular setting for a car chase involving 007 in its brilliant and classic Aston Martin V8 Vantage. When the foam flies and the wind howls, it’s a wild setting.
WHERE TO STAY: On an island off the Atlantic Coast Road, the Haholmen Havstuer hotel has a chic minimalist style and a good seafood restaurant; double from £ 208 B&B (classicnorway.no).
NITTEDAL FOREST, NORWAY
The film also features an epic chase across a frozen lake between villainous Lyutsifer Safin (played by Rami Malek) and Madeleine Swann (first seen in Specter, played by Léa Seydoux). This lake sits in a forest outside the peaceful small town of Nittedal, known for its match factory and logging industry, about an hour’s drive north of Oslo.
WHERE TO STAY: The Thief is a charming boutique hotel in Oslo with a Bond-friendly cocktail bar; double from £ 247 B&B (levoleur.com).
The abandoned ancient Italian town of Matera, pictured above, is one of the many filming locations spotted by Team Bond
A dramatic car chase descends on the winding streets of Matera, a fascinating ancient cave town. There is also a loud gunfight (above)
Another high-energy car chase takes place through the narrow, labyrinthine streets of the southern Italian town of Matera, which includes a jumbled cluster of cave dwellings. Abandoned for decades, the old town is currently experiencing a revival (the city was European Capital of Culture in 2019) with chic hotels, restored palaces and new restaurants.
WHERE TO STAY: Sextantio The Grotte della Civita is an 18-room hotel in the caves of the city; double from £ 147 B&B (sextantio.it).
The “beach with the great arch” on the Italian coast which would appear in the new Bond film
The filming of the new Bond took place on the serene beach of Sapri, near Salerno on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. It is known under the name of Spiaggia dell’Arcomagno (which means “beach with the great arch”). The vast erosion of the cliff gives access to a semi-sheltered cove, a magnificent place to stroll for a day.
WHERE TO STAY: Drive a few hours south along the coastal road to Positano, where you’ll find Hotel Poseidon, a gloriously retro slab of vintage Italy with a huge terrace where you could so easily imagine Roger Moore sipping a martini; double from £ 245 (hotelposeidonpositano.it).
PORT ANTONIO, JAMAICA
Double-oh Heaven: Port Antonio, Jamaica, where audiences meet 007 at the start of No Time To Die
Goldeneye, the former home of Bond creator Ian Fleming, now operates as a luxury resort
A small yacht. An isolated cabin by the water. This is where we meet 007 at the start of No Time To Die, retired on the Jamaican coast while a new 007 (played by Lashana Lynch) takes its place. We have to assume Bond’s retirement doesn’t last long, but Port Antonio isn’t a bad place for a secret agent to see his days. It’s a beautiful old town full of ancient estates, drooping vines, and faded glamor.
WHERE TO STAY: Where else to stay than Goldeneye, the former home of Bond creator Ian Fleming, also on Jamaica’s north coast, a two hour drive from Port Antonio. You can stay in the Fleming House built here in 1946; double from £ 668 B&B (goldeneye.com).
KALSOY, FARROE ISLANDS
The dramatic cliffs and Kalsoy Lighthouse (pictured above) are believed to be featured in No Time To Die’s closing footage
One of the most remote locations ever used for a Bond film, Kalsoy, one of the Faroe Islands, is home to barely 150 people. It is nicknamed “the flute” because of its slender shape, with 11 valleys and a maze of road tunnels carved into the rock. Its spectacular cliffs and lighthouse are supposed to feature in the final sequences of No Time To Die.
WHERE TO STAY: There are no hotels on Kalsoy itself, but the Gjaargardur guesthouse on the neighboring island of Gjogv offers a welcome retreat with simple, comfortable rooms; double from £ 115 B&B (gjaargardur.fo).
DOMAIN ARDVERIKIE, SCOTLAND
A 007 car chase takes place at Ardverikie Estate (pictured above), which is located deep in Kinloch Laggan in the Scottish Highlands
Another car chase, this one involving a spinning car and Bond being chased by villains in the Range Rovers, takes place in this estate, which is home to a classic example of Victorian pride, located in the heart of Kinloch Laggan in the Scottish Highlands. The public has full roaming access to the domain. Spot ospreys hovering above and red deer roaming the landscape.
WHERE TO STAY: The Gatelodge is a comfortable chalet for three people with a wood stove and blissful solitude; from £ 785 per week rental (ardverikie.com).
The No Time To Die footage was shot in Cairngorms National Park, pictured above, in 2019
In 2019, No Time To Die footage was shot amid the Scots pines, rushing streams, secluded huts and eroded peaks of Cairngorms National Park.
At nearly 2,000 square miles, exploring this territory thoroughly could even defeat 007.
WHERE TO STAY: Scot meets Scandi at Killiehuntly, a 17th-century Danish-owned farmhouse with soft tones in its four elegant bedrooms; from £ 435 for dinner, B&B (killiehuntly.scot).
The woods of Swinley Forest Crown Estate were closed for almost two weeks in 2019 for the filming of Bond
The forest here was closed for 12 days for the filming of Bond, also in 2019, although it was done so secretly no one really knows what happened. Buttersteep is part of the Swinley Forest Crown Estate near Bracknell in Berkshire. In the middle of the Scots pines are here vestiges of attempts to protect the king and the country long before the time of 007, namely “redoubts”, earthen fortifications used for training before the Napoleonic wars.
WHERE TO STAY: With polo fields, a spa, a cocktail bar, and a Michelin-starred restaurant, Coworth Park is a great country getaway; double from £ 505 B&B (dorchestercollection.com).
SALISBURY PLAIN, WILTSHIRE
Land Rovers with Russian license plates were seen on Salisbury Plain (above) during the filming of No Time To Die
Special effects explosions went off and Land Rovers with Russian license plates were seen zooming in while filming in Salisbury Plain.
Much of this land is owned by the Department of Defense, a vast rural area of Wiltshire that is also home to the top-secret Porton Down science and technology lab, where biological warfare research takes place: it’s also close to a true life version of SPECTER as the UK gets it.
WHERE TO STAY: Bradford-on-Avon is where the flat austerity of the plain gives way to the gentle folds of the Cotswolds. Stay at Timbrell’s Yard, a modern and comfortable riverside hotel; double from £ 95 B&B (timbrellsyard.com).
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