James Bond's London

James Bond's home - London.
If you haven't already seen it, we definitely recommend the latest 007 movie Skyfall and that is not only because we were lucky enough to actually be on the set of the movie while it was being filmed back in February in Westminster near "M"s headquarters in Vauxhall. (photo below)
Topping the success of the previous 22 films from the 50-year-old celebrated James Bond franchise, Skyfall does not disappoint audiences and features plenty of drama, action and impressive special effects filmed around our capital. Even some very nerve-racking scenes on the London Underground that kept us on the edge of our seat.
But what's so amazing about the world's greatest secret agent? Well we all love him to bits because London is the home and headquarters of this suave and sophisticated international spy.

When he is not risking his life in exotic destinations, he is defending the honour and security of Queen and Country on home soil and has been spotted at many famous landmarks around London including the Bank of England, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament, Harrods, Lloyd's, Scotland Yard, Tower Bridge, the Old Bailey, the National Gallery and the British Museum.

His sleek and seductive lifestyle has become desirably stylish creating a strong worldwide following of aspiring Bond fans. We take a look at some of James Bond's London hotspots :

Savile Row & Jermyn Street
Dressed to kill is a phrase usually synonymous with this international secret agent and it is along the streets of Savile Row in Mayfair and Jermyn Street in St James that James Bond established his distinctively smart style. Engineered to make an impression, his look incorporates sleek tailored suits from several royal-warrant holding institutions, bespoke shirts from Turnbull & Asser and signature scents and soaps from traditional perfumer, Floris.
Somerset House 
The splendid neo-classical building of Somerset House on the Strand near Covent Garden formed the backdrop for the film GoldenEye that was re-imagined for the scene in St Petersburg. It’s beautiful courtyard space hosts dancing fountains and a spectacular winter ice rink that draws in many crowds.
The Dukes Hotel Bar
Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming was said to have coined the infamous “shaken not stirred” phrase at the bar of the very posh Dukes Hotel near Buckingham Palace during the many hours he spent here wiriting notes for his novels. They serve a mean Vesper Martini as a tribute to him.
Up at the O2
This iconic landmark near Canary Wharf is one of the capital’s prime entertainment venues and also made a prominent appearance in The World Is Not Enough. Visitors who fancy a more adventurous rather than a glamorous Bond experience have the chance to admire some fantastic panorama views of London while scaling across its outdoor walkway 170-feet-high up on its domed roof.

National Motor Museum
Bond’s secret weapons are his flash gadgets and fast cars and every one of his movies have us drooling over them. To get up close and personal with the motor marvels of Bond’s lifestyle visit the National Motor Museum in Hampshire, which is hosting a blockbuster retrospective with 50 action-loving cars, boats, motorcycles and aircraft on display. 
"I caught a quick glimpse of Dame Judi Dench in the car before I took this photo"
Photo by Tanielle from Check-in-London near Vauxhall Bridge in London.


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