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  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
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    I love the way you frame these, @007bondUK! What a grand day out.
  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
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    Excellent: I love that you found 009's death bridge! :)

    And wasn't the railway a location for GoldenEye too? Although I guess the bridge doesn't look much like a tunnel any more!
  • 007bondUK007bondUK England
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    mtm wrote: »
    And wasn't the railway a location for GoldenEye too? Although I guess the bridge doesn't look much like a tunnel any more!

    Yes, I originally assumed that they used the same tunnel that they used in Octopussy but it turns out they used a bridge and just heavily dressed it so it looks nothing like it in real life. So much so that had I take a photo and compared it to the reference pics no one would believe it was the same location.

    However, you might be familiar with the the same bridge if you know the Queen music video for Breakthru. It's the very same bridge that they used for the train to crash through the wall with the words 'NOW' written on it.

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    Queen - Breakthru (Official Video)
    https://youtube.com/watch?v=CEjU9KVABao



    There is a scene in Goldeneye where the train rushes through an empty station

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  • mtmmtm United Kingdom
    edited October 2021 Posts: 12,111
    Excellent! Yes it is quite amazing what they did to that bridge. Even the tank was fake!
  • Mi6appealMi6appeal Denver, CO USA
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    The square in Mexico City where they do the PTS for SP during Day of the Dead. It was very cool to get to see it.
  • VenutiusVenutius Yorkshire
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    None. But at one remove - I went to the same school as Donald Pleasance! Several decades later, I hasten to add...
  • j_w_pepperj_w_pepper By the powers *in*vested in me by this parish, I hereby do commandeer this message board
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    I didn't find a better "Bond location" thread than this, but the Millennium Dome got heavily hit by Storm "Eunice" today. Definitely suffered more damage than by Pierce Brosnan falling onto it and hurting his shoulder.

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  • DragonpolDragonpol Writer @ https://thebondologistblog.blogspot.com
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    j_w_pepper wrote: »
    I didn't find a better "Bond location" thread than this, but the Millennium Dome got heavily hit by Storm "Eunice" today. Definitely suffered more damage than by Pierce Brosnan falling onto it and hurting his shoulder.

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    That was the white elephant project that summed up, early on, the hubris of the Blair era of British politics.
  • BondAficionadoBondAficionado Former IMDBer
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    I was bouncing around Europe last month and got to visit many Bond locations including those in Paris, Monaco, Rome, Venice (the courtyard as seen in MR/CR being my absolute highlight) and Prague. I didn't have the time to visit Karlovy Vary and Loket in the Czech Republic but if I'm ever there again I'll certainly factor those locations in.

    The reason for my post though is that I wanted to give everyone planning to visit Prague a head's up regarding the Danube House. It's the building seen at the very start of Casino Royale which serves as Dryden's office. Being in Prague I had to go there and I'm sure a lot of Bond fans would have it on their list too. So anyways, I was taking photos from the position of the camera in the film but as soon as I started recording a video I was approached by security who had been standing near the entrance. The gentleman politely told me to stop with the reason being that the Danube House is private property and that the company within the office doesn't exactly approve of it. He didn't ask me to delete the images but wouldn't allow me to take any more. (Bear in mind I had only been there two minutes so there were few images.)

    Funnily enough, I asked him how often he has to intervene to stop fans from taking pictures of the building and his answer was that it happens on a near-daily basis. XD They can't put up a "no photos" sign because they don't have permission I don't think, so security is basically stuck reliving the same thing everyday. I figured that I might as well post about this because they were pretty nice about the whole thing and tbh I don't want us Bond fans to be seen as disrespectful. (Some fans supposedly keep taking photos after being confronted.)

    So if you're ever thinking about visiting the Danube House please bear this in mind.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
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    I'm planning a trip to the US East Coast. Are there any good Bond locations to hit while there? Our itinerary isn't set yet, but we're mostly looking at anything Washington DC and north from there...
  • ThunderfingerThunderfinger Das Boot Hill
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    I'm planning a trip to the US East Coast. Are there any good Bond locations to hit while there? Our itinerary isn't set yet, but we're mostly looking at anything Washington DC and north from there...

    New York, obviously.
  • echoecho 007 in New York
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    There was this girl in Philadelphia.
  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
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    Not a Bond location but I loved touring the Pentagon because it's such a spy movie staple.

    Washington also has the International Spy Museum, which includes some Bond stuff, though alas it was closed when I was there.
  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
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    That's a good shout, I'll look into that. Thanks.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    East Coast. Washington DC's International Spy Museum is a good thought. Watch for one-time events in the area.

    Other possibilities below, the address detail is from IMDb. if you go as far as NYC


    New York City:
    • Spyscape. https://spyscape.com/
    • United Nations Building. LALD
    • 33 East 65th Street, Manhattan. (Oh Cult voodoo shop) LALD
    • Madison Avenue, Manhattan. (Oh Cult voodoo shop parking garage exit) LALD
    • 118th Street, Manhattan. (Harlem fight scene) LALD
    • 2nd Avenue 94th Street, Manhattan. (Fillet of Soul restaurant) LALD
    • Harlem. Okay generic and maybe not essential. Be careful.

    Book locales

    New York
    • DAF
    • GF
    • 007INY
    • FSS
    • BFTP

    Vermont:
    • FYEO
    • Scorpius
    • COLD
    • Solo

    Virginia:
    • Role of Honour
    • COLD


    South to Florida would actually offer fun locations from GF, LTK.

  • echoecho 007 in New York
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    Harlem's actually quite safe and trendy now.
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Recent travel had me in London for the first time with a trusted agent. A very fine time collecting Bond locations, and realizing there are more to see in the future.

    A highlight from my last day was having the Rules Restaurant come to mind from Spectre and walking a couple blocks to it from Trafalgar Square. It didn't seem reservations were absolutely required.

    Absorbing the outside and entering what's advertised as London's oldest restaurant, I asked for a table. The nice man looked at his schedule and projected an opening in about an hour. I'd wait for that. Then he looked over his shoulder and down the aisle and declared a gentleman had moved on and there was a table open for me.

    Walking in, I recognized it as one table to the right of the painting Mallory sat in front of having his lunch, as approached by Moneypenny and Q. A group of 4 sat in front of the painting, I thought it possible I was sitting at the same single table used by M himself.

    I had a fine meal from the menu, lamb. It was not skewered.

    As I finished, walking out I took two interior photos. One shows the painting as a reference and my table to the right. Then a longer shot.

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  • goldenswissroyalegoldenswissroyale Switzerland
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  • ImpertinentGoonImpertinentGoon Everybody needs a hobby.
    edited July 2022 Posts: 1,205
    East Coast. Washington DC's International Spy Museum is a good thought. Watch for one-time events in the area.

    Other possibilities below, the address detail is from IMDb. if you go as far as NYC


    New York City:
    • Spyscape. https://spyscape.com/
    • United Nations Building. LALD
    • 33 East 65th Street, Manhattan. (Oh Cult voodoo shop) LALD
    • Madison Avenue, Manhattan. (Oh Cult voodoo shop parking garage exit) LALD
    • 118th Street, Manhattan. (Harlem fight scene) LALD
    • 2nd Avenue 94th Street, Manhattan. (Fillet of Soul restaurant) LALD
    • Harlem. Okay generic and maybe not essential. Be careful.

    Book locales

    New York
    • DAF
    • GF
    • 007INY
    • FSS
    • BFTP

    Vermont:
    • FYEO
    • Scorpius
    • COLD
    • Solo

    Virginia:
    • Role of Honour
    • COLD


    South to Florida would actually offer fun locations from GF, LTK.

    Fantastic, thank you. We won't make it to Florida this time.
    I was wondering if I could talk my girlfriend into a hike from Frelighsburg, Canada to Echo Lake, Vermont to kill the Nazi leader of a Cuban hit squad. She'd need some bowhunting lessons first though...
    And of course the Reptile House at Central Park Zoo is high on my list..

    And Rules is on my London list. Your post strengthend the resolve on that one @RichardTheBruce
  • Agent_99Agent_99 enjoys a spirited ride as much as the next girl
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    And Rules is on my London list. Your post strengthend the resolve on that one @RichardTheBruce

    Yes, you're one up on me there - I still haven't been. I was waiting for the right occasion, but maybe I'll take a leaf out of your book and make it a spontaneous visit!
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