You too can experience the glamour, excitement and jetset lifestyle of James Bond by visiting one of the most glamorous Bond locations - Monaco! The Principality’s landmarks, museums and even the Belle Époque buildings reflect the colorful history of this storied nation on the French Riviera and provide the perfect backdrop for a Bond getaway.
With the release of Spectre, on November 6, here are tips on how you too can live the life of 007 in this enchanted Principality – at least for one weekend.
Literally swoop into Monaco via helicopter and make your grand entrance. Just a quick seven-minute trip from Nice (and not much more expensive than a taxi ride) can start your jetset weekend feeling like a million bucks – or a bit like James Bond. From your perch you will see the beautiful and spellbinding views of this mesmerizing destination – from the Prince’s Palace on “The Rock,” to the yachts in the harbor and many restaurants, museums, hotels and homes.
Take a selfie as you walk up the steps of one of the most famous cultural landmarks in the world, the Monte Carlo Casino &Opera House, designed by the architect of the Paris Opera House, Charles Garnier, and featured in Never Say Never Again starring Sean Connery andGolden Eye starring Pierce Brosnan. Visitors from around the globe can walk through the famous Casino Square full of Ferraris, Bentleys, Aston Martins and Lamborghinis and then tour the Casino de Monte-Carlo in the mornings and court Lady
Luck at the Casino’s gaming tables at night. Try your hand at Baccarat (a Bond favorite) or Roulette and let the magic begin. Don’t forget – men – jacket and tie if you visit in the evening!
Yachts and Speedboats■
Perhaps make your entrance by jetting into Monaco on a speedboat, much like 007 is doing in Spectre. Monaco’s Port Hercule provides the perfect backdrop, and opportunity, to do so under the sparkling Mediterranean sky. Take a look at the many beautiful yachts who call it their home.
The Museum of Antique Automobiles■
Visit the Bond-type automobiles in The Museum of Antique Automobiles. The private collection of the late H.S.H. Prince Rainier’s exquisitely restored vintage cars from all over the world represent almost every decade since the invention of the automobile.
And don’t forget a fine dining meal at one of Monaco’s restaurants, six of which feature a combined nine Michelin stars. Among the myriad exceptional experiences to be found in Monaco, dining is just one of the Principality’s many pleasures and there is no other location in the world where so much epicurean distinction can be found within less than a square mile.
Although the range of fare is international, Monaco boasts its own Monégasque cuisine: a flavorful fusion of southern French (especially Provençal and Niçoise) and northern Italian, excellent quality, legendary wine cellars and martinis - shaken not stirred!