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After multiple delays, the long-awaited next instalment of James Bond hits our screens on 30th September. ‘No Time To Die’ has been shot in wanderlust-inspiring locations from Italy to Jamaica via Norway.
If Bond’s escapades get you dreaming of exploring somewhere new, The Luxury Property Show shares five locations where you just can’t help feeling like 007 himself.
With its dazzling mansions, designer shops and super-yachts, it’s easy to see why Monaco is a playground for the super-rich. In fact, 32% of the population is made up of millionaires (Insider), including Lewis Hamilton, Bono and Ringo Starr. But this small sovereign principality isn’t just for the wealthy. Free activities that anyone can enjoy include exploring the old town, wandering around the many gardens and swimming in the deep-blue Mediterranean Sea.
To truly feel like Bond, head to the Monte Carlo Casino. This extravagant building will be familiar to Bond fans as it’s been a prominent filming location for two of the films: ‘Never Say Never’ and ‘GoldenEye’. It is recommended that guests wear ‘proper attire’ for their visits, so use it as an excuse to dress up to the nines and feel as suave as the man himself.
If you’re looking to make your stay in this luxurious destination a more permanent one, it’s probably not as difficult as you think. Although an established location for the rich and famous, there are plenty of homes in the €500,000 region too. You’ll save on tax too, as there are no property taxes in Monaco.
If you’re after clear blue skies, year-round sunshine and beautiful beaches, Miami is a fantastic option. As well as being a great place to chill out and catch some rays, Miami has an exciting nightlife. You’ll be spoiled for choice, with so many places for you to enjoy Bond’s drink of choice, the Vesper Martini.
There’s culture too, with a vibrant arts scene as the de facto capital of central America, a melting pot of Cuban, Caribbean and South American culture.
It’s the ideal destination both for people looking to laze by the beach, with the beautiful SoBe (South Beach), and those of you who want some adventure too, with water sports galore offshore.
Bond fans will undoubtedly recognise Miami from early films like ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’. It’s easy to see why the district has been such a popular choice with directors of the franchise — the grand art deco buildings along Ocean Drive and photogenic coastline of bays and barrier islands make it the perfect scene for any fast-paced blockbuster.
Famous Brits who’ve bought in Miami include Andy Murray, who made a packet on his 45th-floor Miami condo.
Italy is one of the most sought-after destinations in the world for a reason. The stunning scenery amazes visitors old and new, from the sunny coastlines of Sicily and Puglia, to the mountain views of Abruzzo and the Alps, to the lakes of the north. There’s plenty to keep you busy in this culturally rich country, with every medieval church an art gallery and opera and theatre an Italian way of life.
With its high-class culture and natural beauty, it’s no surprise that James Bond has paid several visits to Italy throughout the years. Locations include Venice, Lake Como and Tuscany. You’ll also see Italy in ‘No Time To Die’ part of which was filmed in Matera, a hillside town in southern Italy with UNESCO World Heritage status.
Italy makes a wonderful location for both a holiday home or a long-term move. It’s just a hunch, but we think that if Bond lives long enough to retire, he’ll choose Italy.
Or maybe Bond would prefer the heat and liveliness of Mexico. It would be an edgier choice than “Chiantishire” certainly, but much of Mexico’s reputation is underserved. This is a friendly country, rich in culture, history and natural beauty.
Bond would have a choice of bustling cities with lively nightlife. For his adrenalin fix, activities for adventure lovers include trekking through the jungle, paragliding and white-water rafting. And of course, people who want to take it slow can enjoy relaxing on the beach with a cocktail in hand.
Four Bond films have been shot in this country, the most recent one being ‘Spectre’, which was filmed in the capital, Mexico City. The opening of the film was set during one of the country’s most popular holidays, Día de Muertos, in which people honour their deceased loved ones with life-affirming celebrations, including parties, parades and fabulous costumes.
If the idea of cosying up with a hot chocolate in a chalet overlooking snowy mountain scenery sounds like a dream to you, the French Alps may be your ideal destination. It has some of the best ski resorts in the world, crystal clear lakes and charming villages.
If Bond ever tires of skiing off mountain-sides with a Union Jack parachute, activities to enjoy besides skiing include hiking, mountain climbing and snowboarding. Another popular activity in the region is paragliding, ably demonstrated in ‘The World is Not Enough’ by enemy paragliders who attack Pierce Brosnan’s Bond. Hopefully this is something you won’t encounter on your trip.
Property options to consider in this region, including holiday homes, apartments, and chalets.
“They say that men want to be him and women want to be with him. But for many of us, just being James Bond’s neighbour would be enough of a thrill.
“These five locations were chosen by the movie makers for a reason. Not only are they impossibly glamorous, photogenic and sunny, but they’re easily accessible for a huge film crew – well connected and easy to do business. They also enjoy a certain cachet. There’s a reason the Bond franchise hasn’t made a recent trip to Worthing or Birmingham.
“The best thing about these locations is that they’re perfect for both short getaways and long-term moves. So, if you’re up for a change of scenery, why not take a risk like Bond and have a new adventure?”
- Christopher Nye, Senior Content Editor at The Luxury Property Show
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