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Exploring James Bond's Caribbean

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Daniel Craig as James Bond in Casino Royale.

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The James Bond books and movies have always been known for their exotic locations, and some of the films helped put resorts like the British Colonial Hilton and destinations like Jamaica on the global tourist map. In the recent remake of the first Bond film, Casino Royale, filmmakers made a return visit to the Bahamas (where scenes for Thunderball, For Your Eyes Only, and The World is Not Enough were filmed) to provide a tropical backdrop for new Bond actor Daniel Craig.

Not only did Ian Fleming make his home in Jamaica, but original Bond actor Sean Connery has a home in the Bahamas, on private Lyford Cay.

With the release of the latest James Bond movies based on Ian Fleming's original 007 novel, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, now's the time to spy out some of the secret agent's favorite haunts in the Caribbean:

Bahamas

The British Colonial Hilton in Nassau has the distinction of appearing in two Bond movies: Thunderball and Never Say Never Again. Guests can reserve the "Double-O" suite, order a martini shaken, not stirred, and settle into a room filled with Bond memorabilia, books, and movies.

Thunderball also featured a junkanoo parade on Bay Street in Nassau, and the Cafe Martinique was the scene for Bond's first meeting with movie bad guy Largo and "Bond Girl" Domino. (The original restaurant was demolished to make way for the Atlantis resort, but the cafe lives on at Atlantis' Marina Village). Other scenes were shot in the Exumas, West Providence Island, and Paradise Island.

Both New Providence Island (where Nassau is located) and Paradise Island also play major roles in the 2006 remake of Casino Royale. Nassau's Albany House plays the role of a beach villa owned by the villain Dimitrios and Bond's future girlfriend, Solange. The Buena Vista Hotel and Restaurant stands in for the Madagascar Embassy in the film.

Major scenes for Casino Royale also were shot at the Atlantis resort and the neighboring One&Only Ocean Club on Paradise Island. In fact, you'll get a pretty good look at the Ocean Club's beautiful lobby and a beachfront villa in some of the movie's early scenes, and an apparent product-placement deal leaves little doubt about which Bahamas resort Bond has chosen to hang up his Walther PPK for the evening. Other scenes were shot at Coral Harbor and Nassau International Airport.

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