When Sir Roger Moore made his first bow as Bond, in Live and Let Die (1973), he started by jetting across the Atlantic to the sun-drenched shores of Jamaica. Let’s face it, it wouldn’t be Bond without a trip to the Caribbean, and the land of wood and water was used as the fictional nation of San Monique in the film. Montego Bay and the Blue Mountains of Ocho Rios are among the locations you’ll see, and in Runaway Bay, he’s introduced to the villain’s underground lair.
Filming returned to this tropical cluster of islands for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), with underwater scenes of the submersible car shot off the coast of Nassau, in the Bahamas.
These days, Sardinia is something of a celebrity playground, so it’s no surprise that large parts of The Spy Who Loved Me were filmed on this Italian island. The Costa Smeralda was home to 007’s car chases and swanky hotel scenes, including the iconic moment a Lotus Esprit plunges into the Mediterranean, in Porto Cervo. Cue gadgets, and a first glimpse of Sir Roger’s famous underwater car.
Skip forward to the next installment, Moonraker (1979), and you’ll see Bond causing a stir in Venice. Before an outer-space battle with the main baddie, Drax, Sir Roger does a spot of investigating in the City of Bridges. Inevitably, and to the delight of thrill-seeking viewers, this leads to a hair-raising chase scene on a motorized gondola, where 007 discovers a secret laboratory in an ensuing fight scene. Classic Bond.
It’s not uncommon for Britain’s best-loved spy to run into his American counterpart, Felix Leiter, but Bond’s also spent a bit of time across the pond himself. In his first outing as the secret agent, Live and Let Die, Sir Roger Moore is captured in the southern city of New Orleans. And when he’s faced with a sticky situation in alligator-infested territory, 007 escapes as only he could – by hopping across the animals’ backs to safety.
Moonraker see’s Sir Roger’s second visit to the USA. The Amazonian boat chase you see in the film was actually shot in St Lucie County, Florida, and the Kennedy Space Center makes an appearance, as well.
In his fifth appearance as 007, Sir Roger Moore was whisked away to Corfu for filming. This pretty Greek island played host to a whole bunch of scenes in For Your Eyes Only (1981), ranging from clifftop scuffles to tense casino confrontations. The historic Achillion Palace, in Gastouri, was home to Sir Roger’s meeting with secret villain, Kristatos. Later, Corfu Town’s Old Fortress masquerades as part of Albania, as we see Bond defeat one of his nemeses after a breath-taking chase that ends on the ramparts.
In his seventh and final performance as 007, Sir Roger’s Bond kicked things off on an Icelandic glacier. Vatnajokull Glacier, in the south-west of Iceland, was used as a substitute for Siberia in the opening stages of A View to a Kill (1985). We see the secret agent hover in by helicopter, as he tracks down a missing microchip in the wintery landscape. The subsequent ski chase was filmed in the Swiss Alps, dishing up all of the rip-roaring excitement we’ve come to love in Bond flicks.
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