The scene opens with a figure sliding into a narrow hallway timed with two recognizable notes from the James Bond theme song. The hallway and the figure are blurry but as he walks up the hallway, gun drawn he stops under a beam of light shining on a portion of his face. It’s James Bond. Upon further inspection of the apartment he discovers his colleague has been shot, calls for back up and heads out into the hustle and bustle of the street. At this point I get excited. What city is this? What country are WE in right now? James is picked up by Moneypenny and a car chase, followed by a motorcycle chase ensues.
Let’s face it, women love James Bond and men want to be James Bond. Amongst the beautiful Bond girls and fast gadget equipped cars what makes a 007 film a 007 film is it’s exotic locations. The countries bond visits all over the world are almost always filmed on location. This means that although the chances of hooking up with a Bond girl, Bond himself or speeding through the city in a gadget infused Aston Martin are not realistic for the average person, visiting the places Bond visites are. So indirectly or subconsciously Bond, James Bond has been inspiring be to travel ever since I was a kid. I suggest watching any Bond film as they will inspire anyone with a travel bug to get out, explore and find out more.
This brings me back to Skyfall. The motorcycle chase ends up on the roof of some building one of the MI6 agents referred to as the Grand Bazaar. What is this Grand Bazaar? Instantly I started researching this Grand Bazaar. (Other theatre patrons where not happy with me) but according to Wikipedia; the Grand Bazaar (Turkish: Kapalıçarşı, meaning ‘Covered Market’ is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops which attract between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Whaaa! Also, in 2014, it was listed No.1 among world’s most-visited tourist attractions with 91,250,000 annual visitors. Whaaa! From the moment I saw all the mosques and this this Grand Bazaar, I knew it was only a matter of time before I’ll be shopping under that covered market.
Here is a list of movies both James Bond and myself have had the pleasure of visiting:
From Russia With Love – Venice, Italy & Istanbul, Turkey
Thunderball – Paris, France
Diamonds Are Forever – Amsterdam, Netherland
Live and Let Die – New York City, USA
Moonraker – Venice, Italy
Octopussy – Berlin, Germany
A View to a Kill – Paris, France
The Living Daylights – Vienna, Austria
Tomorrow Never Dies – Hamburg, Germany
The World Is Not Enough – Istanbul, Turkey
Casino Royale – Prague, Czech Republic & Venice, Italy
Quantum of Solace – Madrid, Spain
Skyfall – Istanbul, Turkey
Spectre – Rome, Italy
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