5 holiday destinations inspired by James Bond

Travel blogger, Lara Crisp, takes us through her favourite James Bond inspired family holiday destinations.

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Piz Gloria is featured on the James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”, as Blofeld’s allergy research centre. Image Paul Stephenson @ Flickr

There’s a lot of spooks about at the moment, what with Halloween just over… and the new Bond film. So to get into the spirit of things (self-congratulatory chortle) I thought this week we should take a look at holiday destinations inspired by Britain’s favourite spy.

Dr No – Jamaica

Sun, beaches, a relaxed way of life, this is where holidays were invented. It’s also where the Bond films made their debut, Dr No being the first, and where Ursula Andress became a screen siren after filming ‘that’ bikini scene. Ya man.

You Only Live Twice – Hong Kong

The ultimate of city shopping breaks for adults. And for children, there’s not only a Disneyland but also the very popular Ocean Park, a theme park/zoo where you can see pandas as well as go on rollercoasters. As an added note of trivia, none other than famous children’s author Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay for this, the fifth of the Bond films.

On her Majesty’s Secret Service – Swiss Alps

Skiing, chalets, mulled wine…spies. The best thing about a Swiss skiing trip is that after an energetic day on the slopes, an indulgent cheese fondue is completely justified. And the earlier your kids start skiing the quicker they’ll pick it up. Most resorts offer comprehensive lessons and care for little ones.

The Spy Who Loved Me – Egypt

Although the film starts off in Austria (where the scene ends with Bond falling from the sky and opening a Union Jack parachute as replicated with Her Majesty in the Olympic opening ceremony) most of the rest of the film is set in Egypt.

Pyramids, the Nile, and of course the beautiful beaches and fabulous climate makes this a perfect destination any time of year.

Tomorrow Never Dies – Vietnam

Have a bespoke suit or dress made in the tailoring capital of Hoi An, catch a water puppet show in Hanoi, or lazily glide through the floating markets on the Mekong Delta. Vietnam has something for everyone – history, culture, exquisite food and friendly people. You’ll no doubt find it as much of a thrill as Pierce Brosnan did.

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