In honor of the recent release of the twenty-third installation of the 007 series we have decided to compile a list of the Italian locations visited by the secret agent. It’s time to conclude our journey on the tracks of 007 in Italy. Suit up and let’s travel like Bond, James Bond.
4. For Your Eyes Only (1981) – Location: Cortina d’Ampezzo
For the third movie in a row Roger Moore and his Bond character visit the Bel Paese, and once again the location is one of the most exclusive in all of Italy. This time the crew decided to film at Cortina D’Ampezzo, located in the Veneto region and famous not only for its fantastic slopes but also for its jet set (if you want to mingle with european aristocracy, we got you covered).
Rumor is that the production team selected the snow resort in the Dolomites hoping for the usual white scenery but, since it was not snowing by the time of filming, the producers had to pay for trucks to bring snow from nearby mountains. We’ve posted below one of the most memorable scenes of the movie.
5. Casino Royale (2006) – Locations: Lake Como & Venice
During the long break before the return to Italian soil, the country was not entirely forgotten, for Italian-born actress Maria Grazia Cucinotta appeared in the 1999 movie The World is Not Enough, becoming the third Italian bond-girl to appear in the series after Daniela Bianchi and Luciana Paluzzi, who were featured in the 1965 movie Thunderball.
In Casino Royal, the first film adaptation of a Fleming novel since 1969, the secret agent falls again for the Italian beauties not only because of the stunning Caterina Murino, playing the role of Solange, but also for two staples of glamor and splendor in Italy: Lake Como, where Bond tries to recover surrounded by the tranquillity and splendor of the lake and, for the third time in the series, Venice. In this movie there is also the first appearance of the French agent René Mathis, played by the famous Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini.
Italy and the large number of Italians in the movie proved to be lucky charms and Casino Royal ended up to be the highest-grossing James Bond film ever (record held until the release of Skyfall in 2012). Below, an interesting glimpse backstage of the crew filming in Venice.
6. Quantum of Solace (2008) – Location: Siena
The twenty-second movie of the series is a sequel of the previous Casino Royal. In fact the movie starts exactly where the previous one ended, in Italy with James Bond driving his Aston Martin down beautiful Tuscan roads, chased by his enemies into marble caves before finally arriving to his final destination, Siena. Too bad he probably didn’t have time to visit the magnificent Cathedral, we could have helped him skip the line!
Here is the opening scene of the movie where you can also hear the Italian carabiniere speaking in Italian. Seen how ruined his Aston Martin is when he arrives to Siena – James, maybe it’s time to think about getting another car. Might we suggest a Ferrari?
What’s your favorite Bond location or moment in Italy? Let us know!