Bond Architecture

We all know the classic James Bond traditions. The fast cars, the almost comical gadgets, expensive suits and classy girls with suggestive names. But brilliant architecture has always been a staple feature in the Bond films. From stylish houses to breathtaking cities, Bond has certainly got about. Having visited around 40 countries over the franchise’s 24 films, they have managed to showcase some fantastic architecture, so we take a look at some of the best filming locations that went on to create so many iconic scenes.

Arecibo Observatory, Arecibo, Puerto Rico - Goldeneye

Arecibo Observatory, Arecibo, Puerto Rico – Goldeneye

Piz Gloria Restaurant by Konrad Wolf, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland - On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Piz Gloria Restaurant by Konrad Wolf, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

What On Her Majesty’s Secret Service lost on it’s choice of Bond, it certainly made up on it’s choice of location. The breathtaking restaurant on the top of a Swiss mountain was where debutant Bond (George Lazenby) met his arch rival Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Whilst the film was not a favourite, this stunning location is surely up there with the best.

Paranal Residencia by Auer+Weber, Atacama Desert, Chile - Quantum of Solace

Paranal Residencia by Auer+Weber, Atacama Desert, Chile – Quantum of Solace

This residential block, which is home to scientists and engineers who work at the Paranal Observatory, is located in the Atacama Desert in Chile and is in the driest and hottest part of the desert. Whilst Quantum of Solace has now got the rep for being one of the worst Bonds, HEKKTA has a soft spot for it as some of the locations that were chosen for this film are brilliant. This desolate, minimalist block hosts the final scene in which Bond arrives and defeats the baddies almost single-handedly, saves the girl and lets his nemesis Dominic Greene walk off into the desert with nothing but a bottle of oil to drink.

Verzasca Dam, Switzerland - Goldeneye

Verzasca Dam, Switzerland – Goldeneye

The Verzasca Dam is the scene of one of our favourite scenes from any Bond film. In the opening scene of Goldeneye, Pierce Brosnan as 007 bungee jumps off the top of the dam in complete silence to get into an enemy base. Incredible architecture and an incredible scene.

Meteora Monasteries, Plain of Thessaly, Greece - For Your Eyes Only

Meteora Monasteries, Plain of Thessaly, Greece – For Your Eyes Only

Hashima Island, Japan - Skyfall

Hashima Island, Japan – Skyfall

It was just last week that we were sat down watching Skyfall for probably about the 10th time, when someone asked if the island where Bond first meets Silva, is a real place? Instantly we assumed not. It was merely an impressive piece of CGI. But to our amazement, the rather creepy abandoned island is infact a real place called Hashima Island, which is located off the coast of Japan.

The island was once home to 5,259 people (83,500 people per square km), which made it one of the most densely populated places in world history. Mitsubishi began a coal mining operation there, which lasted over both world wars, but the decline of coal mining saw Mitsubishi end the operation, which led to the evacuation of the island and was never re-inhabited. A truly fascinating place of forgotten architecture used in a brilliant scene between Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem.

The Elrod House by John Lautner, Palm Springs, California - Diamonds Are Forever

The Elrod House by John Lautner, Palm Springs, California – Diamonds Are Forever

The Elrod House by John Lautner, Palm Springs, California - Diamonds Are Forever

The Elrod House by John Lautner, Palm Springs, California – Diamonds Are Forever

Udaipur Palace by Maharana Udai Singh, Rajasthan, India - Octopussy

Udaipur Palace by Maharana Udai Singh, Rajasthan, India – Octopussy

Fontainebleau Hotel by Morris Lapidus, Miami Beach, Florida - Goldfinger

Fontainebleau Hotel by Morris Lapidus, Miami Beach, Florida – Goldfinger

Villa la Gaeta, Lake Como - Casino Royale

Villa la Gaeta, Lake Como – Casino Royale

Guggenheim Museum by Frank Gehry, Bilbao, Spain - The World Is Not Enough

Guggenheim Museum by Frank Gehry, Bilbao, Spain – The World Is Not Enough

Festival House Bregenz by Dietrich and Untertrifaller, Bregenz, Austria - Quantum of Solace

Festival House Bregenz by Dietrich and Untertrifaller, Bregenz, Austria – Quantum of Solace

Festival House Bregenz by Dietrich and Untertrifaller, Bregenz, Austria - Quantum of Solace

Festival House Bregenz by Dietrich and Untertrifaller, Bregenz, Austria – Quantum of Solace

Sheats-Goldstein Residence by John Lautner, Beverly Hills, California - License to Kill

Sheats-Goldstein Residence by John Lautner, Beverly Hills, California – License to Kill

Sheats-Goldstein Residence by John Lautner, Beverly Hills, California - License to Kill

Sheats-Goldstein Residence by John Lautner, Beverly Hills, California – License to Kill

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