Asian 007 unearthed: Bond-inspired Asian destinations
THE latest Bond epic, Skyfall, has been hitting screens all around the world this month and breaking box office records, showing the world is not sick of 007 yet. With a backdrop featuring one of Asia’s great cities, Shanghai, it seemed fitting to take a look at some of the other Asian destinations to have graced the big screen with 007.
Skyfall is the third Asian shot Bond movie and even features a Bond girl of Asian descent. While apparently star Daniel Craig didn’t actually go to Shanghai to film the scenes shot there, the crew did get footage of the city from the air. Other Shanghai locations include the blue tinged Yan’an Elevated Road, and the incredible modern skyline of Pudong.
First First Assistant Director Michael Lerman said, “You have Shanghai, which is a really special city. It’s a really exotic Bond location and such a great skyline.”
See more details of the footage they shot here.
You Only Live Twice: Japan
A lot of the fifth Bond film starring Sean Connery was set in Japan. Highlights include the 17th century Himeji Castle as the ninja training camp of Bond’s ally Tiger Tanaka. Other destinations included Hotel New Otani in Tokyo as the headquarters for Osato Chemicals, Tokyo Metro’s Nakano-shimbashi Station, the fishing village Akime and the volcano in Kirishimu National Park.
Octopussy: Udaipur, India
While this 13th Bond film featuring Roger Moore jumped as far and wide in locations as Germany, the UK and the USA it is the magical scenes around Udaipur in India that feature in some of the best footage in the movie, while the Taj Mahal in Agra was also highlighted.
In Udaipur, the Monsoon Palace was Kamal Khan’s Palace, while Bond stayed at the Shiv Niwas Palace. The Lake Palace and Jag Mandir were also key backdrops used in the film. This tuk tuk ride from the movie on YouTube also highlights the crazy bazaars and busy streets of Udaipur.
Tomorrow Never Dies: Thailand
When filming in Vietnam fell through for this Bond movie the film moved to Thailand. ‘Saigon’ was instead filmed in Bangkok and locations for Pierce Brosnan’s character include a motorbike chase along Tannery Row and Mahogany Wharf and a skyscraper ride with Michelle Yeoh down the Westin Banyan Treek Hotel in Sathorn. ‘Ha Long Bay’ was actually filmed in Phuket among the limestone towers.
The Man with the Golden Gun, Thailand
Located in the Andaman Sea the amazing backdrop of Khao Phing Kan adds much to the scene of Bond’s duel with the man with the golden gun, Scaramanga, who uses the island as his hideout. Today the island is actually known as James Bond island by tourists and guidebooks and is a very popular place to visit in the Andaman Islands.