As part of our Bond week special, our travel guru Jenni Falconer has sussed out the most luxurious locations from the films.
In James Bond's case, the world is certainly not enough! Whether it's plush penthouse-suites in the Bahamas, lavish Las Vegas hotels or fabulous French Châteaux, there's no expense spared when 007 is in town.
1. THE BAHAMAS - THE OCEAN CLUB (CASINO ROYALE)
007: The Ocean Club, featured prominently in Casino Royale, actually exists. The very suite in which Daniel Craig is sitting while using the laptop computer is available for rent on the One&Only Ocean Club website (that suite costs TBC) In addition to 'Casino Royale', Nassau has been a firm favourite amongst Bond directors since 1965 when the caves and Clifton Pier were used as for the underwater spear-gun battle and love scenes for 'Thunderball'. In 1977, Bond returned to Nassau in 'The Spy Who Loved Me'. Coral Harbour was the scene of Roger Moore as Bond drives his underwater diving car. Again in 1983, Sean Connery returned in his last performance as James Bond to Nassau, to shoot the underwater battle scenes and romance between Bond and Bond Girl Domino (played by Kim Basinger) at Clifton Pier, Nassau.
THE HOTEL: One&Only Ocean Club boasts world-class golf, tennis, spa, and water-sports. The 105 guestrooms, suites and villas have all the modern conveniences and the discreet services of a personal butler, 24 hours a day. All suites and rooms come with balconies and patios offering garden or ocean views. Residential-style villas perched above the beach have private infinity-edge pools and offer more spacious living areas for families, as do the garden cottages.
THE PACKAGE: Caribtours (www.caribtours.co.uk / 020 7751 0660) offers seven nights for the price of five at the One&Only Ocean Club from £2,199 per person between 1 May - 31 October 2013. That's based on 2 adults sharing a Garden View Room and includes breakfast, return scheduled flights and private transfers.
2. LAS VEGAS - THE LVH (DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER)
007: This Las Vegas landmark was used as the Whyte House casino in Diamonds Are Forever in 1971. At the time, the hotel was one of the biggest, best and most famous hotels in the world. Elvis chose the resort for his comeback in the late 1960s. Bond (Sean Connery) goes to the Whyte House, a casino-hotel owned by the reclusive billionaire Willard Whyte, in search of Shady Tree, a diamond smuggler. Sean Connery made the most of his time on location in Las Vegas, hitting the slot machines, and famously once delayed a scene because he was collecting his winnings.
THE HOTEL: In addition to the fabulous rooms, the LVH boasts 13 restaurants, 9 bars, 6 tennis courts and a 74,000-square-foot casino.
THE PACKAGE: 7 nights in a classic room at the Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is just £671 per person, with Expedia (expedia.co.uk.) That includes a saving of £176 and 1,000 nectar points. It's based on two sharing a double room and includes return flights with US Airways from London Heathrow to Las Vegas.
3. THAILAND (MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN)
007: In Man With the Golden Gun Bond (Roger Moore) flies out to find Scaramanga at his island hideout: Khow-Ping-Kan. Khow-Ping-Kan is one of a chain of tiny jungle-covered limestone pillars in Phang Nga Bay at Phuket, on the tip of the Malay peninsula. At the time of filming, a remote and undiscovered paradise, it's now overrun by tourists taking the bus journey, north from Phuket Town, and the boat trip out to see 'James Bond Island'.
N.B. Kuoni also book full-day tours to James Bond Island, which include lunch. Prices for the tours are available on request and arranged through Kuoni's ground agents, Asian Trails.
THE HOTEL: The four and a a half star Kata Thani hotel lies directly on the beachfront at the southern resort of Kata, within walking distance of local shops, bars and restaurants. It's 40 minutes private transfer from the airport and 20 minutes from Patong. There is a choice of swimming pools, six restaurants serving a variety of cuisine including Thai, Italian and Mediterranean, three pool bars and two cocktail lounges, a fitness centre, spa, sauna and Jacuzzis, tennis courts and a variety of boutiques. Good for families.
THE PACKAGE: Kuoni (kuoni.co.uk) are offering 7 nights staying in the Deluxe Room Bhuri Wing from £1199 per person (only applies to departures between 01-18 May 2013) if you book by 31st October. That's room & breakfast. In total thats a saving of £412 per couple. Airport transfers are included.
4. VENICE - THE DANIELI HOTEL (MOONRAKER)
007: Venice has featured in several Bond films, including Casino Royale, and in Moonraker its canals witnessed a gondola chase. Bond's vessel turned into a hovercraft that he then drove across St Mark's Square through a mass of tourists. In Moonraker, Dr Goodhead stayed at the luxurious Hotel Danieli, comprised of three palaces rich in art and antiques and with a fine rooftop restaurant.
THE HOTEL: Located on the famous Riva Degli Schiavoni - the waterfront right by St Mark's Square - the Danieli is a striking Venetian building with a magnificent atrium and famous golden staircase. The roof top restaurant, Terrazza Danieli, with its panoramic views across the lagoon, offers one of the best tables in Venice. The hotel comprises 233 rooms and the hotel has its own private landing stage for arrival by water taxi - the chicest way to arrive in Venice.
THE PACKAGE: With Cresta Holidays (0844 879 8014, www.crestaholidays.co.uk) you can get three nights for the price of two, saving £310 per couple. 3 nights staying at the 5* Danieli in Venice on bed and breakfast, with scheduled flights on British Airways from London Gatwick, leaving on the 6th November 2011 will cost from £455 per person (£930 per couple.)
5. EGYPT (THE SPY WHO LOVED ME)
007: In 1974's Moonraker we see Bond travelling through Egypt in search of Jaws (Richard Kiel). In one scene Bond and KGB Major Amasova (Barbara Bach) find themselves driven out to Luxor, on the Nile about 450 miles south of Cairo, where they follow Jaws into the Great Hypostyle Hall, the maze of giant columns in the temple complex of Karnak, about a mile and a half northwest of Luxor itself.
THE PACKAGE: Book a holiday to Egypt which departs before 31st October 2012 and get a guaranteed 10% off your holiday with Thomas Cook. (www.thomascook.com/0844 412 5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook) You can get 7 nights at the 5* Baron Palms in Sharm El Sheikh on all inclusive from £897 per person (includes saving of £198 per couple.)
6. BRITAIN - STOKE PARK, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE (GOLDFINGER/TOMORROW NEVER DIES)
007: Stoke Park has been the backdrop for two Bond films - Goldfinger (1964) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). In Goldfinger, Bond finds himself playing against Auric Goldfinger in the grounds of Stoke Park whilst in 1997, the ballroom doubled as Bond's (this time played by Pierce Brosnan) hotel room in Hamburg in Tomorrow Never Dies.
THE HOTEL: Stoke Park is a stately mansion that boasts a range of amenities from 27 hole golf course to it's own spa with indoor pool. There's also 11 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a gym, a dance studio and treatment centre. Plus in the rooms there's all the mod-cons from flatscreen TV to mood lighting!
THE DEAL: With MrandMrsSmith.com you can get two nights for the price of 1 at Stoke Park from £195. That's valid until 21 Dec 2012. Minimum stay 2 nights. Maximum stay 4 nights. You do need to sign up to Mr and Mrs Smith to get this deal, just go to www.mrandmrssmith.com/join.