Visiting places from the movies or Shaken, not stirred – My new James Bond tour of London

Many of you know that when not writing my little heart out, I run and guide private guided tours with my company, Ye Olde England Tours.  One of my most popular tours I run is one dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and particularly the BBC series Sherlock where I take fans of the super sleuth and Benedict Cumberbatch to various places related to the famous detective.

I must admit I was surprised just how popular this tour has been.  In the last year, I must have given over a dozen Sherlock tours.  Several of them to American tourists but for some reasons which I’m not quite sure of, it is most popular with people from Germany.  I’m not sure whether it is the logical mind of Sherlock that appeals, the quick-paced way it is filmed or the impeccable English that is used.  There has to be easier shows to watch in a second language, in fact Sherlock is one of the few shows that even English speakers have to pay full attention too.  Spend two minutes checking your Facebook updates whilst watching Sherlock and you won’t know what is going on back in 221B Baker Street.

I guess it just depends on what you’re a fan of.  Personally as a Star Trek fan if I ever go to the USA then amongst the sights I’d be wanting to see would be Vasquez Rocks to see the spot where Captain Kirk fights the Gorn or maybe the playground in Manhattan that my Grandma wanted to visit where West Side Story took place.

There must be something comforting as well as exciting about following in the footsteps of of places we see on television or at the cinema.  Why, with all the cultural attractions in Denmark and Sweden, would I really like to visit the Øresund Bridge?  Like-wise there are so many things to see in Sicily, yet why do so many British visit to go on tours like this one http://www.montalbanotour.com/Montalbano_Sicily_tour.html

It’s not a new phenomenon, people having been going to Austria for decades, ignoring much of the traditional arts and architecture of the beautiful country and instead visiting places from The Sound of Music.

Sometimes going to such places surpasses your expectation.  Being a big Lawrence of Arabia fan, I still remember going to the Suez Canal and seeing a huge ship apparently passing through sand dunes as well confirming that there really was no gold in ‘Aqaba, just lots of 5 star hotels though Wadi Rum is even better than on film.

How many people visit Petra in Jordan not to explore this beautiful lost city but to see the most iconic location from Indiana Jones?  Petra is much more beautiful and infinitely more massive than the tiny glimpse that Indy sees and if you ride your horse out of the narrow ravine hoping to see desert, you’re likely to be hugely disappointed and most likely hit my a car in the bustling little town that sits just outside it.

Last year I had the chance to take two lovely American tourists from Georgia to Highclere Castle to see Downton Abbey.  I’m sure I gave some relief to the room guide when we chatted for 10 minutes about some Venetian paintings by Canaletto, something which not one other person who passed by in that time even seemed to know what we were talking about.  I couldn’t blame them that much because as great as the paintings were, I too half expected Lord Grantham to pop his head through the door.

No matter how times I visit Paris, and no matter what wonders I see, bits of me remember scenes from French TV and movies or maybe Vincent and the Dr https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQg6FvMJSPU

Who can look at the Eiffel Tower and not think back to that amazing James Bond sequence with Duran Duran raging in the background?  Speaking of 007, seeing as Sherlock is so popular as are The Beatles and Dr Who, I’ve decided to create my own James Bond tour.  If you or you’re friends are coming to London do send them my way.

London James Bond Tour – Shaken Not Stirred

Now pay attention 007 and don’t touch anything.  Your mission should choose to accept it is to follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous spy and visit some of the actual locations used in some of the biggest James Bond films of all times.

The Old War Office

Not only will we visit some of the places seen in the movies but we will also see some of the most famous buildings in London if not the world.  As well experiencing some of the glamorous and not so glamorous 007 locations, we can also visit some sites that were important to Ian Fleming, the legendary creator of 007 including is home and the hotel bar where he came up with one of the most famous catchphrases in cinematic history and where actors such as Pierce Brosnan celebrated winning the part with a Martini.

On the trail of Blofeld

Whether you want to see the house where James Bond lives in the upcoming Spectre film, see places from recent movies such as SkyfallQuantum of SolaceGoldeneyeThe World is Not Enough or from classics such as Her Majesty’s Secret Service, this tour is for you.

The home of 007 in Spectre

If that isn’t enough we will explore parts of Whitehall and the other areas relating to the Security services where behind closed doors decisions are being taken to combat terrorists whether real or fictional.   James Bond may be a glamorous vision of a spy but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and we will also stand on the spot of the most famous Cold War spy murder in history.

MI6 Building, London.

Depending on the time available and your suitability for this mission, the James Bond Tours are available in two varieties.   Try not to get into any trouble 007 with The Shaken Not Stirred tour which lasts approximately 3 hours.    More experienced spies might like the Access All Areas tour lasts around 5 hours.

Whichever tour you choose is private and personalised so do try not to damage anything 007.

Departure Time:10 am
City Location: London
Duration of Tour: 3 – 5 hours
(Approximate times as all tours are bespoke)

Adult Prices per person excluding tube tickets (child prices available upon request).

Shaken Not Stirred                                  Access All Areas

1 Adult = £60                                             £110

2 Adults = £50                                          £100

3 Adults = £40                                          £90

4 Adults = £35                                          £80

5 – 10 Adults = £30                                 £60

For more information or to make a booking please email yeoldeenglandtours@gmail.com or visit http://yeoldeenglandtours.co.uk/our-tours-2/london-tours/london-james-bond-tour-shaken-not-stirred/

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About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including a #1 seller, I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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