James Bond’s 50th Anniversary in London

October 31, 2012 by

Suggested Itineraries, Things To Do, Tours & Activities

London's Iconic M16 Headquarters. Photo courtesy of garryknight via Flickr.

London’s Iconic M16 Headquarters. Photo courtesy of garryknight via Flickr.

With the UK Premiere of the latest addition to the James Bond franchise, Skyfall, hitting London on last year, the world’s favorite spy is once again back in the spotlight. Marking the culmination of the Bond 50th anniversary year, the latest offering is the 23rd film in the franchise that started with Dr No back in 1962.

Following in the footsteps of 007 has become a popular pastime for Bond fans and a number of movie-themed tours take in the many sights from the films, as well as visiting Bond author Ian Fleming’s home and birthplace. While much of the new movie was shot at England’s famous Pinewood Studios, alongside location shoots in China and Turkey, there are plenty of local spots that are soon to be thrust into the spotlight. St. Bartholomew’s Hospital (London’s oldest hospital), the Smithfield meat markets and Canary Wharf all feature in the movie, as do the National Gallery and Greenwich’s Old Royal Navy College. Those hoping to walk in Daniel Craig’s shoes, can stroll across London’s Vauxhall Bridge, wander around Southwark and Whitehall; take the tube to Charing Cross station or get a view of the city from Tower Hill – all featured in the film.

See some of the filming locations in a private tour of London by black cab on a James Bond-themed River Thames high-speed cruise.

It’s not just the new film that was shot in London, and tours also take in St Petersburg Square as featured in Golden Eye and the route used for Bond’s London briefing in Tomorrow Never Dies, as well as visiting the capital’s flashy MI6 headquarters and the secret offices of James Bond’s London Headquarters.

- Zoe Smith

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