Casino Royale, 2006

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Prague: Prague Ruzyne Airport

Tourism: Prague Tourist Information

Národní Muzeum, Natural History Museum, Václavské nám 68: Information for visitors

Strahov Monastery, Strahovské nádvorí 1/132. Library Open daily throughout the year (except 25 December and Easter Sunday) 9.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m., lunchtime break 12.00 p.m. - 1.00 p.m. Admission: CZK 80

Grandhotel Pupp, Mírové námesti 2, 360 91 Karlovy Vary. Tel: +420 353 109 630 - 1, Fax: +420 353 226 638; E-mail: reservation@pupp.cz

Bahamas: Nassau International Airport

Bahamas Travel

Bahamas Tourism

One and Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas. Tel: 242 363 2501; toll free US: 1 888 528 7157; outside US: +1 954 809 2150.

Como: Flights: Milan, Linate or Malpensa airports

Como is approximately 40 miles north of Milan on the A9 Motorway (remember that there are tolls to pay). From Como, drive about 15 miles north on the 340 along Lake Como's western shore, to the village of Lenno. The Villa del Balbianello is a short walk from the village

Venice: Flights: Marco Polo Airport

Tourism: Venice Tourism


Trivia

Casino Royale shares locations with many other films. Prague's National Museum is seen in Brian de Palma's Mission Impossible.

Lake Como's Villa Balbianello became the ‘Lake Country’ retreat for Attack of the Clones

>Casino Royale film location: Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

Casino Royale film location: Bond recovers at the sanatorium: Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

Bond follows the ‘Ellipsis’ trail to 'Miami'. Well, no. The 'Miami' airport is Prague Ruzyne Airport, the city's international airport, 17km to the northwest of the city. The runways, on which Bond saves the gigantic Skyfleet prototype from a bomb attack, however, is Dunsfold Aerodrome, near Guildford in Surrey.

And the 'Miami Body Worlds' exhibition? Not Florida, but Prague again. It's the Vitkov Monument in Vitkov Park, on the hill between Zizkov and Karlin. Their are great views from the hill, and the monument is occasionally open for events.

Now it's off to ‘Montenegro’. The ‘Hotel Splendide’, into which Bond and Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) check, can be found in the town of Karlovy Vary in Bohemia, west Czech Republic. It's the Grandhotel Pupp, Mírové námesti 2, 360 91 Karlovy Vary. This is also the hotel in which Queen Latifah thought she was spending her Last Holiday in 2006. ‘Casino Royale’ itself is the old Kaiserbad Spa in the town. The picturesque town square in which Bond meets his contact Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini), is the town of Loket.

The lakeside sanatorium at which Bond recovers, after having his itch scratched by Le Chiffre, may be familiar to movie fans. It's Villa del Balbianello, near the village of Lenno, about 15 miles north of Como on Lake Como's western shore. The villa, standing on the tip of a steep, wooded promontory, was the ‘Lake Country’ retreat in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.

>Casino Royale film location: Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

Casino Royale film location: Bond recovers at the sanatorium: Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

Bond and Vesper head to Venice, sailing their yacht along the Canal Grande between the Accademia and Rialto bridges. But even this is not so simple as it seems. You won't be able to stay at the venerable luxury hotel with its spectacular view of Piazza San Marco. You might recognise the hotel's grand lobby as the site of the disastrous operation at the beginning of Brian de Palma's Mission Impossible. It's Prague's Národní Muzeum, Natural History Museum, Václavské nám 68, on Wenceslas Square.

>Casino Royale film location: Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

Casino Royale film location: interior of the grand 'Venetian' hotel: National Museum, Prague

Photograph: Glen Platts

The palazzo which appears to collapse into the water, is on Venice's Canal Grande opposite the Rialto's vegetable market. Don't worry – it's still there. Its spectacular demise was, of course, reconstructed in the studio, on the 007 Stage at Pinewood in the UK.

Finally, the villa to which Bond traces the mysterious Mr White, is back on Lake Como. It's the 1920s faux-Medieval Villa La Gaeta, a private villa at Sant'Abbondio, on the edge of the lake in the shadow of the Bregagno, it is the mouth of the Val Senagra, a protected wildlife area still inhabited by deer.

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