James Bond films are not just about martinis, car chases and beautiful, accommodating women who are also martial-arts experts. The dramatic, sweeping shots of iconic scenery and far-flung destinations are also a trademark of the films, from the vertiginous heights of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro to a floating palace in Udaipur, and the impossibly lovely beach in Jamaica where Ursula Andress emerged from the sea in thatbikini.
The 23rd Bond film, Skyfall, is out this October. Starring Daniel Craig alongside new Bond girl Bérénice Marlohe, it was shot in Istanbul, at the Grand Bazaar, and London (those trunks make an appearance in the rooftop swimming pool at Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf). For Bond fans and travellers, Hazel Lubbock looks back on some of the most spectacular Bond film locations, and suggests some suitably extraordinary places to stay nearby.
JAMAICA Film Dr No (1962) Location Ocho Rios, Jamaica Scene After having crept onto Dr No’s mysterious island of Crab Key, Bond comes across a bikini-clad Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) emerging from the sea, conch shell in hand, in perhaps one of the most famous Bond scenes of all time, re-enacted on holidays across the world for the past 50 years.
STAY Ian Fleming penned all the James Bond novels from his Jamaican hideaway, Goldeneye. The house is now part of the boutique Goldeneye resort, which also has smart beachfront and lagoon-facing cottages. Goldeneye, Oracabessa, St Mary, Jamaica (00 1 876 975 3354 007; www.goldeneye.com). Doubles from US$538 (about£330).
All water lovers go here