Recreate 007 Experiences On These Upcoming Private Trips To James Bond Locations

October 5th marks the 60th anniversary of James Bond’s film debut, “Dr. No” introducing a little known but undeniably charismatic Scotsman in the title role. To many people, Sean Connery is still the ultimate Bond and with the series paused while producers figure out what next to do with it, the latest 007 hasn’t yet been named. With a series of private trips set to debut next March by the UK/US luxury travel company Black Tomato, though, travelers can fill the void, imagining what it feels like to be Bond by visiting iconic locations of the film and attempting some of the actions (not the death-defying ones, obviously) from the plots. To celebrate the anniversary, 60 trips will be offered.

“We’re incredibly honored to be working with the James Bond team in this first-of-its-kind travel partnership for the 007 brand,” explains Tom Marchant, co-founder of Black Tomato. “It’s part of Black Tomato’s DNA to take inspiration from other cultural phenomenon outside of the traditional travel space and to have the opportunity to work with arguably the biggest film franchise of all time is a huge privilege and special milestone for the company. Curious by nature, it was important for us to take an inquisitive approach to this collaboration and in bringing to life the James Bond world, and we can’t wait to introduce this initial bold and breath-taking new itinerary to clients and discerning fans.”

The first trips, developed in coordination with the films’ location scouts, will take place in Europe; full itineraries will be released in March but a couple of initial locations have been revealed. The start is in London, possibly in Q’s laboratory to be given diabolical weapons, but probably not. Paris is next with a side trip to Chantilly and the Château de Chantilly which was featured in A View To A Kill in 1985 as the estate of archvillain Max Zorin. Bond investigated Zorin’s horses there and so can travelers with a private tour of the Race Horse Training Centre where 2,500 thoroughbreds train every day. The next morning, private access is allowed at the Les Aigles track to watch the horses exercise and to interact with jockeys and trainers. A ride on horseback through Chantilly Forest follows and then a guided tour through the Château where various actions in the plot took place.

Next up is Italy’s Lake Como where travelers can recreate a scene from 1989’s Licence To Kill by hopping off the hotel jetty and waterskiing along the Moltrasio shoreline before jumping aboard a private seaplane to survey the towns of Bellagio and Varenna, the location of SPECTRE agent Mr. White’s lakeside home, Villa La Gaeta. The journey continues as the plane touches down and is met by a classic wooden Riva boat and bottle of 007’s favorite, Champagne Bollinger to speed off to Villa del Balbianello which was featured in Casino Royale (2006). There, guests can stroll the terraced gardens before enjoying a private villa tour with exclusive insights into how they transformed the location for the film.

It would seem to be a good idea to pack a tuxedo for another stop in Monaco and a visit to the Casino de Monte-Carlo (although in reality, it’s not as formal as it is when James Bond was there in GoldenEye in 1995 or when Sean Connery performed his last turn as Bond in the unofficial 007 film Never Say Never Again.) Guests will be given access to the private gambling dens not usually open to the public and will get a lesson in the gaming of their choice, possibly Pierce Brosnan’s choice in GoldenEye, Baccarat. Alluring spies as opponents will not, however, be provided.

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