“Shaken, not stirred.”
The famed line synonymous with the world’s favourite fictional spy, James Bond, was reportedly conceived in the bar at the Dukes Hotel in London. Ian Flemming, 007’s creator, was apparently a big fan of the luxury hotel, whilst a number of other lavish properties feature regularly throughout Bond’s perilous adventures, both on screen and in print.
Here, we take a look at the most impressive 5-star hotels to appear in the 007 franchise.
Opened in 1928, this iconic Hong Kong hotel features in The Man with a Golden Gun (1974). When Bond girl Andrea Anders is picked up by a green Rolls Royce Phantom, Bond learns that it belongs to The Peninsula Hotel; “All green Rolls Royces belong to the Peninsula hotel,” Mary Goodnight informs Bond. The hotel does in fact keep a fleet of 14 Rolls Royce Phantoms (all painted the signature “Peninsula green”) ready to ferry guests to the airport or around the city.
Rightly known as one of the best hotels in the world, The Peninsula Hong Kong was also home to the entire cast and crew (including Roger Moore) during filming.
Featuring in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy, Taj Lake Palace was employed as the criminal mastermind’s lair. Bond (Roger Moore) manages to infiltrate the ‘floating palace’ by disguising himself as crocodile and swimming undetected up to the enchanting property.
The white-marbled, 83-room hotel is located on the Jag Niwas island in Lake Pichola. Built over three years from 1743, the hotel was restored and turned into a hotel during the 1960s. A second renovation took place in 2000.
Located just four miles from Pinewood Studios, Stoke Park has played a big role in British film, featuring in a number of flicks including two Bond films – Goldfinger (1964) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). One of cinema’s most famous golf scenes, the epic battle between Bond (Sean Connery) and Goldfinger, was shot at the hotel’s golf course.
Set among 300 acres of parkland, lakes and historic gardens, the hotel also featured in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Wimbledon, Bride & Prejudice, Layer Cake and Guy Ritchie’s RockNRolla.
Located just off Regent Street in the West End, The Langham London doubled for the Grand Hotel St Petersburg in Goldeneye (1995), starring Pierce Brosnan. The plush hotel opened in 1865 and was the largest and most modern hotel in the city at the time. A favourite of the royal family, this grand hotel maintains its quintessential English feel following renovations in 2004 and 2009.
Regularly voted one of the world’s best hotels, The Langham is famous for its traditional afternoon tea in Palm Court, which has been served since 1865. The hotel’s stately bar also serves a first-rate martini.
Dating to 1909, this grand luxury hotel on the shores of Alster Lake features in Tomorrow never dies (1997), when Bond (Pierce Brosnan) is sent to Hamburg in order to investigate Media Mogul Elliot Carver. In fact, Bond stays in the corner suite (Atlantic Suite) at the hotel before he escapes through the window and up on the roof after being chased by an advisory.
The 221-room hotel has long been considered one of the best hotel in Germany, while also being renowned for its fine-dining.
Miami Beach’s historic Fontainebleau features a number of times in Goldfinger (1964); it is the setting where Goldfinger is seen cheating at cards, and Bond girl Jill Masterson is also found dead in one of the hotel’s rooms.
Still one of Miami’s most glamorous hotels, the oceanfront Fontainebleau is situated on Collins Avenue in the heart of Millionaire’s Row. The hotel has 1,504 rooms, 12 restaurants and bars, and a huge spa.
Formerly known as the Four Seasons London at Canary Warf, the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel, London appears in the opening scene of 2012’s Skyfall, when Bond (Daniel Craig) goes for a swim in the hotel’s stunning pool overlooking the River Thames.
The hotel is now an independent, luxury lifestyle hotel. It offers 142 rooms and suites, a riverside wellness centre – which features the infinity pool Bond swam in – a tennis court and spa.
“James Bond was sitting on his bed in The Ritz Hotel in London, holding the telephone to his ear. There was a moment of silence and then he heard a man’s voice.’” – The Man With The Golden Gun (1965).
Featuring in both the novel (1965) and film (1974) of the same name, the historic Ritz London has remained synonymous with luxury since its opening in 1906, playing host to a number of high-profile guests, including royalty and countless celebrities.
During the pre-title sequence of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Bond (George Lazenby) is seen pulling up to the hotel in his Aston Martin before entering the lobby, where he says to the owner: “Everything seems up to the Palácio’s usual high standards.”
Ian Fleming himself once stayed at this prestigious Portuguese hotel during the Second World War. It is located a few steps from Tamariz beach and offers 161 rooms, a golf course outdoor pool and sauna.
The Austrian alpine region of Sölden was a location for the latest James Bond film, Spectre (2015). A number of the cast and crew stayed at the spectacular Das Central Hotel during filming, whilst nearby restaurant, Ice Q, which is owned by the same company as the hotel, features prominently in the film as the Hoffler Clinic.
Nestled within snowy mountains, the 125-room, 5-star Das Central is a truly special property. It boasts two gourmet restaurants, an extensive spa and a fine collection of vintage wines. Contemporary rooms feature marble bathrooms and wood furnishings.
Follow in Bond’s jet-setting footsteps and live like the world’s greatest spy (minus the car chases and shoot outs, that is) by staying at these 5-star luxury hotels – all 007 approved, of course.