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On Location #4

The World's Most Iconic Movie Locations – the Bahamas

On Location #4

"Reboot, total reboot". Admittedly it doesn't have quite the same ring to it as "Bond, James Bond", but the fact that the Bond franchise is able to celebrate 50 years of box office success at all is due in large part to the reboot it pulled off with remarkable élan in 2007 after a hiatus of four years.

Casino Royale famously introduced a leaner, meaner Bond for a new generation in the shape of Daniel Craig and at the same time subverting many of the genre's established (and somewhat anachronistic) conventions. Out went the quips, the gadgets, the endless special effects and in came grit, grime and geopolitics. Was nothing sacrosanct? Few of the familiar ingredients so crucial to the films' past success were retained. Travel was a notable and crucial exception.

Agent 007's tour of duty in Casino Royale took in London, Africa, Venice, Miami (actually doubled, improbably, by Prague and Surrey) as well as Montenegro (the Czech Republic again), but it was arguably the choice of the Bahamas as a location that provided the definitive Bond moment. With more than a nod and a wink to the very first Bond film Dr. No, we see Bond emerge from the water à la Ursula Andress or Halle Berry, as well as a glimpse of the famous Aston Martin DB5.

The luxurious beachfront accommodation of the One&Only Ocean Club resort

The scenes were shot at the One&Only Ocean Club resort on the exotic Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Bond fans may be curious to know that the island also figured in Thunderball when the location went by the altogether less alluring name of Hog Island. Today, the island is more appropriately named and for those wanting to follow in Daniel Craig's footsteps, 007 was booked into the oceanfront Villa 1085.

Go to the One&Only Ocean Club's website