From Connery to Craig, we’ve been watching super spy James Bond live the jetset lifestyle for over 50 years. With Spectre, the latest film in the series, hitting the box office next week, we couldn’t resist sharing these Bond-worthy rentals. The Bond family motto is “the world is not enough” (Bond fact no.1), but these holiday homes are a good place to start.
Everyone remembers the Roger Moore stunt in Live and Let Die where he makes an audacious escape using live crocodiles as stepping stones. This incredible villa on Jamaica’s north coast is very near the crocodile farm where that famous sequence was filmed. In fact, the film’s villain, Dr. Kananga, was named after the farm’s owner (Bond fact no. 2).
The tiled veranda leads out to the pool and just beyond, there are palm trees and white sands waiting for you. When the sun sets, you can shake (not stir) your martini before dining alfresco on the pool deck or roof terrace. Then why not stroll along the moonlit beach? Double-oh heaven.
This luxury ski chalet is the perfect place to relax after an exhausting bullet-dodging chase down the mountainside. It ticks all the boxes for seriously stylish living including a modern kitchen, flawlessly finished bedrooms and high-end soft furnishings.
You definitely have licence to chill out (sorry) in the hot tub and decked area on the terrace. This rental also has more gadgets than Q branch, with remote controlled leather lazyboy chairs in a private, surround sound equipped cinema room. A sauna and wine cellar give this rental its final Bond-worthy touches.
I’d definitely call myself a Bond fan, but the owner of this swanky holiday apartment in Gibraltar takes Bond appreciation to another level. The modern apartment boasts wonderful views of the Rock of Gibraltar from the balcony and has a stylish finish throughout.
Take a dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool, which overlooks the marina, and study the beautiful yachts as you dry off. Feeling energetic? Head to the building’s exclusive gym for a workout before making the two-minute walk into town.
This secluded seaside spot is where author Ian Fleming first sat down to create the character of James Bond, back in the early 1950s. It’s now a luxurious resort hidden away in 15 peaceful acres of tropical Jamaican coastline. The place is dripping with romance and intrigue – is this what inspired Fleming or is it Bond’s legacy that gives guests goosebumps?
Lovers of luxury will adore the private Fleming beach which has a shower built into the coastline. Other fabulous features include open air spa facilities, outdoor showers in every bedroom, house staff, private bar and entertainment room; perfect for screening your favourite Bond flick before taking a midnight dip in the pool.
What springs to mind when you think of Bond? Tuxedos? Martinis? Casinos? You can find all three in Monaco and Bond would certainly feel at home in this luxurious villa. Its exterior radiates sophistication with Venetian-inspired balustrades and decorative stonework whilst the interior is clean and chic with marble floors and bathrooms to die for.
It’s easy to imagine the role this home would play in a film: Bond meets villain across a poker table. Bond charms his way into an elegant party at his impressive villa. Bond sneaks around to investigate. Bond fights villain’s henchmen. Bond wins. The End. I could write this stuff.
Venice has featured in several Bond films, including Moore’s outing in Moonraker and Craig’s performance in Casino Royale. This beautiful duplex apartment is right on the Grand Canal in a building dating back to the early 1800s. It offers all the amenities you need as well as a charming mezzanine bedroom with wrought-iron staircase.
Peer out of the window and you’ll see gondolas passing by. Venture just a few minutes from the apartment and you can explore the designer boutiques in Piazza San Marco. Pick up a dress or dinner jacket for a sophisticated night at the Opera, but be prepared: a chase through the streets tends to follow most of Bond’s evening exploits.
Eagle-eyed fans of the more recent Bonds may recognise this villa from the final scene of Casino Royale. Craig appears, fully recovered from his encounter with villain LeChiffre, dressed in a killer three-piece Saville Row suit and toting a machine gun. Only in Bond.
The rental is a one bedroom apartment on the second floor with a showstopping view out over the rippling waters of Lake Como. Tranquil and verdant gardens lead down to the villa’s private beach where you can relax in the sun before cooling off in the water. Cue Daniel Craig in those famous blue trunks…
Istanbul has featured in three Bond films including From Russia With Love and Skyfall, where it provided an atmospheric backdrop for the dramatic rooftop motorbike chase in the opening sequence (Bond fact no.3). Historically the gateway to Asia, the city’s rich cultural heritage reflects both East and West with impressive domes and towers dotting the cityscape.
This opulent penthouse is richly decorated (think ornate damask wallpaper, gold and bronze hues, and luxurious metallic finishes). It’s just ten minutes’ walk from the Grand Bazaar where you can explore the exotic spice markets of the Old Town.
High vaulted ceilings and glossy tiled floors…this hillside villa rental on the Amalfi Coast certainly has that touch of class associated with James Bond. The living area opens out onto a balcony with views over the garden and out to the Tyrrhenian Sea.
This region of Italy boasts some of the finest restaurants in the world, so there are plenty of opportunities to soak up the no-expense-spared ambience. It’s also home to some of the most incredible coastal roads in Italy so if you have have access to an Aston Martin (with or without ejector seat), now’s the time to take it for a spin.
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