London, in the footsteps of James Bond
Posted October 1, 2021, 3:02 pmUpdated October 1, 2021, 3:03 pm
The walk: “Death can wait” in the footsteps
Step into the show… The traditional guided tour of British film tours dedicated to James Bond has been graced with two new stages during its release. Dying can wait.. First stops at Whitehall Court, not far from Westminster, where Britain’s secret services, MI6, have relocated for the novel. Fans of the saga will remember: the real headquarters on the banks of the Thames was destroyed in an explosion. Sky Fall… The second stop is outside Q, 007’s gadget vendor, next to Waterloo Station. So welcome to 42, Roupell Street and the British green doors. Lined with workers’ houses from the 1820s, this picturesque street is a popular filming location for filmmakers, the backdrop for a new scene between James Bond and Miss Moneypenny.
The Cruise: A Chase on the Thames
“Permission to thrill” in other words “permission to shake”: this cruise on the Thames is aptly named and contrasts with the traditional cruises on our riverboats. Beyond London Bridge, the big red Zodiac builds speed and muscular twists of strings to the sound. James Bond theme Edited by John Barry. A definite change of scenery along the way and a nod to the opening scene The world is not enough, a 1999 opus with Pierce Brosnan. The spy then takes off from a secret MI6 gate at the controls of a black speedboat to land on the river and embark on a spectacular chase on the back of a fiery brunette.
Exhibition: James Bond’s racing cars
It looks riddled with bullets and two machine guns protrude from its headlights… In the final episode, the gray Aston Martin DB5 driven by Daniel Craig is on display at the National Motor Museum in the New Forest, south of the capital. . Cars, but also clothes and gadgets were initially presented at the London Film Museum, for the first release date of the film, which is planned for March 2020. They can still be seen by taking the train from Waterloo station to Brockenhurst (1 hour 30 journey). ), then a taxi. Mission impossible.
Shopping: Mayfair to St. James
If Daniel Craig wears, in Dying can wait.A navy blue cashmere sweater from N.Peal in Mayfair (37-39 Burlington Arcade) The spy was a fan of these cashmeres. Sky Fall And Spectrum… It needs chic, the swimwear comes from Orlebar Brown (24 Sackville St.) while the new ocean green bag is available at Globe-Trotter (35 Albemarle St.). As for the ever-impeccable shirts, they have long been made by Turnbull & Asser, St James (71-72 Jermyn St). Dr. NoFirst in a row, until Casino Royale. In the lower part, the photo shows Sean Connery taking measurements for the model on the shelf (€245). Finally, to choose cologne, James Bond stops at Geo. F. Trumper (9 Curzon St), hairdresser frequented by Ian Fleming.
Bookstore: Collector’s Inn
Before the movies, there were books written by Ian Fleming: twelve novels and two collections of short stories. Heywood Hill, a fantastic bookshop in Mayfair, is stocked with originals and limited editions. Some of the 200 copies printed in 1963 sell for more than €16,000.For her majesty. You can search for the work that inspired the author to name the hero. A Field Guide to the Birds of the West IndiesWritten by a certain James Bond, ornithologist. Fleming himself enjoyed bird watching on his estate in Jamaica. In the blink of an eye, two scenes show the agent immersed in this collection of references. Octopusy And Another day to die.
The experience: A night in the shoes of a spy
Every Friday, the James Bond dinner is served upstairs at the gin distillery in Portobello. The experience (€105 per person) features a series of dishes linked to different films. Hints for one of the dishes: Octopusy, the title of the thirteenth opus in which Roger Moore meets the owner of a blue-ringed octopus… At the distillery table, we don’t drink tea, which Fleming’s hero doesn’t appreciate, but champagne or bourbon. According to his research Australian Medical JournalHer Majesty’s Tormented Spy was on the big screen every ten minutes and fifty-three seconds!
Bar: 007-style cocktail art
A vodka martini, not in a shaker, but a spoon, or “I will not move.” In the original version… Ian Fleming found the inspiration for the famous line at the bar. Duke Hotel, in the district of St. James. According to legend, he also invented the Vesper Martini, named after James Bond’s great love.
The Restaurant: Dine on the movie set
The spy is in full force at this Asian restaurant, one of the most attractive addresses in London at the moment. The decoration of Sexy fish, amazing, signed by Damien Hirst and Frank Gehry, and the sushi is excellent. It remains to be guessed whether the giant underwater underwater world will inspire the scriptwriters for an action scene.
The hotel: Sleep with Flemings
Robert Fleming, who created this institution in 1851, is admittedly no relation to the author of James Bond. But this very convenient address of a chain of small luxury hotels is a good feeling for the author: he was born in this district of Mayfair in 1908, from a family of wealthy bankers. . From €233 per double room, to sleep in this London setting.
Go by Eurostar (2h15 from Paris, 1h20 from Lille), from €44, www.eurostar.com . More information at www.visitbritain.com.