2 Nov 2017

Splitting the gondola


During the Gondola chase in Moonraker, Bond speeds past another gondola, followed by two baddies in a speed boat. As Bond manages to speed past the gondola, the speedboat cuts the gondola in half.

Rio di Santa Caterina

The entire gondola chase was filmed on several different locations throughout Venice. This small action scene was filmed in the Cannaregio district, very close to the place where Bond meets with Dr Goodhead, covered in the last post. The gondola that gets split in half is coming out from the Rio di Santa Caterina as Bond and the two henchmen are coming in from the north on the canal.


Bond speeds up as he watches the gondola coming out from Rio di Santa Caterina 



This location can be found near the north margin of the city, at the intersections of Rio della Sensa and the confluence of Rio di Noale and Rio di San Falice. Another small part was filmed by the Squero di San Trovaso boat yard located in the opposite part of town.



As the gondola gets split in half, the front drifts away across the canal, towards Rio della Sensa, with the loving couple still kissing in the gondola.


Scuola vecchia della Misericordia
In the background you can see the Scuola vecchia della Misericordia prominently in the middle and a small white church to the right. The white church is the Chiesa dell'Abbazia della Misericordia, founded in the 10th century. The Scoula is a former charity building erected in 1310.

23 Sep 2017

Bond and Dr Goodhead in Venice


In Moonraker, Bond follows a lead from California to the glass manufacturer Venini Glass in Venice. In the factory he spots Dr. Goodhead in a group of tourists. He follows her along the canal named 'Rio della Misericordia'. After catching up with Dr. Goodhead at Fondamenta Misericordia, covered earlier, Bond desperately tries to invite Dr. Goodhead for a dinner or drinks. Seen behind Dr Goodhead during the conversation is the canal 'Rio di Noale'.



                "-You're staying at the Danieli aren't you?"

Hotel Danieli, where Dr. Goodhead is staying and where Bond later surprises her in her bedroom, is a luxury hotel and one of the finest in Venice. One night is about €500.



After brushing off Bond's invitation for drinks, Dr. Goodhead walks away along Fondamenta Misericordia and crosses the bridge over Rio di Noale. As seen in the picture below, the green park or garden seen in the background as Dr. Goodhead walks away, has disappeared since 1979.



This brief scene was filmed only a stone's throw away from where the gondola is cut in half later in the film, during the gondola chase.

11 Sep 2017

Bond tails Pushkin through Tangier

As general Pushkin drives off in his limousine from the trade conference, Bond tails him through the streets of Tangier. The particular street where Bond is tailing Pushkin is located adjacent to where the trade conference scenes were filmed. This is namely the street you have to drive down when leaving the trade conference building.


The narrow street is named Rue Riad Sultan and runs along the north wall surrounding the Kasbah.




The scene is actually screen accurate, since Rue Riad Sultan runs all the way from the square where Bond has parked, along the stone wall and up to the location in the top picture.


Pushkin drives off towards the camera and continues up the road. 

18 Aug 2017

Hotel Splendide Lobby



In Casino Royale, Bond is having dinner with Vesper at the Hotel Splendide after winning the poker game against Le Chiffre. Vesper is called away by a text message, apparently from Mathis, but Bond gets suspicious and runs after her through the hotel lobby ending up on the hotel parking lot, only to watch Vesper being abducted by Le Chiffre's men.


The lobby lounge seen in the film 
The Montenegro scenes in Casino Royale were all shot in the Czech town of Karlovy Vary, where the Grandhotel Pupp was used as the Hotel Splendide. A lot of the interior scenes were actually filmed on location inside the hotel, as well as the exterior action scenes, i.a. when Bond runs to his car in pursuit of Le Chiffre.

The lobby lounge in 2010

27 Jul 2017

Tangier rooftops - Bond escapes


After "assassinating" general Pushkin at the trade conference in Tangier, Bond escapes over the rooftops. A very brief scene includes Bond jumping over the rooftop of an open courtyard, a sahn, where he is observed by some surprised ladies lounging in the courtyard. Whether this is a Harem, a bathhouse or some kind of hotel is not clear.





This scene was filmed at the same location as the trade conference. The courtyard can be found inside the Kasbah Museum, Musée de la Kasbah, which exterior was used as the exterior of the trade conference building in the previous scene. The museum is housed in the old sultan's palace (Dar el Makhzen) in the Kasbah. As a Bond location, the interior of the museum is only interesting for this brief scene, but since it has been untouched since 1987 it is well worth a visit. The Kasbah shouldn't be missed anyway since you can find so many nice Bond locations here.




The entrance to the museum, found in the alley to the left, was actually used in a deleted scene where Bond gains entry to the trade conference using his press ID.



An obvious blooper is the fact that Bond jumps across the corner of the courtyard only to end up on a balcony on the outside of a house. It is obvious when you examine the scene that the balcony is located somewhere else. Furthermore, when Bond runs across the rooftops in the following scene the courtyard is nowhere to be seen.



9 Jul 2017

North African Trade Convention - Tangier


In The Living Daylights, Bond goes to Tangier to watch the North African trade conference where general Pushkin is attending. Bond has learnt from general Koskov that Pushkin is going to be there to give new directives in a secret operation called Smiert Spionom. Bond is tailing Pushkin from the conference to find out where he is staying.



This scene was filmed in Tangier's old Medina, more accurately inside the Kasbah, which dominates the north section of the Medina. The building that was used as the trade conference building in the film, is the Kasbah Museum which still looks the same as it did in 1987.



Bond is waiting outside the conference building in an Audi 200 Avant Quattro. He has placed a press ID in the car window to avoid suspicion.


In the film, the entrance to the trade conference has been put in the location of the small door seen in the picture below. In reality, the main entrance to the museum is not facing the square but can be found in the alley to the left. This location is one of many from both The Living Daylights and Spectre that can be found in the Kasbah. Tangier is a very nice city and the locations are very memorable.



From the small cafe Le Salon Bleu, you have a nice view over this location, which is one of the key locations in the film.



As Pushkin and Rubavitch are driven off in the Soviet flagged Mercedes, Bond follows them up the road to the right of the square, which is Rue Riad Sultan.