007 Filming Locations – James Bond’s Best European Breaks

Skyfall and Spectre: London

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Both films featured the UK’s capital as a very prominent supporting character with Westminster Bridge, the Thames, Trafalgar Square, M’s house in Knightsbridge, Bond’s pad in Notting Hill and most of Skyfall’s Shanghai sequences taking place in London.

Quantum of Solace: Siena, Italy

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The bi-annual Palio horse race will be familiar to viewers of Quantum of Solace; it was during this event that Bond took part in a foot chase over the slate roofs of the town and through the Piazza del Campo.

A View to a Kill: The Eiffel Tower

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Roger Moore’s 007 swansong may have been one of the lesser Bond films, but the stunt with Bond chasing a parachuting Grace Jones from the top of the Tower was incredible.

Spectre: Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

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The nefarious Spectre organisation’s headquarters in Rome were actually filmed at the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. Still privately owned, visitors can visit The Palace, Formal Gardens and Park throughout the year.

Spectre: Vatican City, Rome

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007 gets behind the wheel of his DB10 to drive typically fast through Rome’s St Peter’s Square and down the scenic narrow streets to the Scalo De Pinedo alongside the Tiber.

The World is Not Enough: Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

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The villains destroyed MI6 headquarters on the South Bank of the Thames in this Pierce Brosnan adventure. As luck would have it, the world’s most secret spy agency had a standby office in one of Scotland’s most beautiful locations.

Casino Royale: Lake Como

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Scenes of Bond recuperating were filmed in the gardens of the Villa del Balbianello on the western shore of the southwest part of Como.

Skyfall: Glencoe, Scotland

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Apparently, Ian Fleming was so impressed with Sean Connery’s portrayal of 007 that he added Scottish ancestry to James Bond. Skyfall, the 50th anniversary film saw Bond head to his familial home in the Highlands.

 Licence to Kill: Stonor House, Oxfordshire

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Stonor House and Gardens in Oxfordshire acted as another of MI6’s safe-houses. One of Britain’s oldest manor houses, Stonor House has remained in the same family’s possession for over 850 years!

Casino Royale: Canale Grande, Venice

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The beautiful waterways and architecture of Venice offered the perfect backdrop for a romantic interlude in Daniel Craig’s first Bond adventure.

The Spy Who Loved Me: Romazzino Beach, Sardinia

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During The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond gets chased along the coast of Sardinia by a helicopter. After diving/driving into the water, he emerges shaken but not stirred onto the golden sands of the beautiful Romazzino Beach.

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