Top Film Festivals

From Cannes to Tribeca, these top film festivals around the world are where many of the best films get their start.

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Oracabessa

Oracabessa

Sean Connery was the first actor cast as James Bond, aka Secret Agent 007. Dr. No, the first Bond film to draw fans to movie theaters (in 1962), was filmed in London and Kingston, Jamaica. Most of the filming was completed here in Oracabessa (pictured), a small town in Jamaica. 960 1280

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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

From Russian With Love (1963) was filmed primarily in Istanbul, Turkey, including the Hagia Sophia (pictured), where Tatiana Romanova has a pre-arranged rendezvous with Agent 007 to give him the floor plan of the Soviet consulate. 960 1280

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Fort Knox

Fort Knox

In the movie Goldfinger (1964), the dashing British spy halts Goldfinger’s plan to detonate a nuclear bomb inside Fort Knox. US Army post is located south of Louisville, KY. 960 1280

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Paradise Island

Paradise Island

Be inspired and retrace Bond’s steps on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, where most of the 1965 movieThunderball was filmed. 960 1280

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Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle

You Only Live Twice (1967) was shot primarily at the Himeji Castle in Hyogo, Japan. On film, this was the location for an undercover ninja training camp headed by Japanese secret service leader Tiger Tanaka. 960 1280

  

Hotel Estoril Palacio

Hotel Estoril Palacio

Before the opening credits rolled in the 1969 Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, the Palacio Estoril was where the luxurious hotel scenes were filmed. The historic hotel was the second home of the Spanish, French, Bulgarian and Romanian royal families, and it still remains a favorite with their descendants. This was actor George Lazenby’s first and only time cast in the role of Agent 007. 960 1280

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Elrod Residence, Palm Springs

Elrod Residence, Palm Springs

In the 1971 movie Diamonds Are Forever, the Elrod House, designed by architect John Lautner, was transformed into the Whyte House, home of reclusive billionaire and casino owner Willard Whyte. 960 1280

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Jamaica

Jamaica

Jamaica doubles as San Monique in Live and Let Die (1973). Secret Agent 007 flies to the fictitious island where he goes beyond his duty to “persuade” Rosie Carver, a CIA double agent, to help him bring down a corrupt Caribbean dictator named Dr. Kananga. 960 1280

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Ko Tapu Islet

Ko Tapu Islet

Visit Francisco Scaramanga’s hideout on Ko Khao Phing Kan in the Phuket’s Phang Nga Province. After the 1974 release of The Man with the Golden Gun, locals and travel guidebooks began to refer to the nearby Ko Tapu islet as James Bond Island. Just beware of Scaramanga’s solar ray secret weapon. 960 1280

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Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

Actor Roger Moore plays the British agent in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). James Bond travels to Sardinia where he learns about Karl Stromberg -- a shipping tycoon, scientist and anarchist -- and his new supertanker, the Liparus. 960 1280

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Pao de Acucar

Pao de Acucar

In Rio de Janeiro, James Bond fights with steel-toothed Jaws during a cable-car ride to Pao de Acucar, aka Sugarloaf Mountain in Moonraker (1979). 960 1280

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Monastery of the Holy Trinity

Monastery of the Holy Trinity

The Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Meteora -- above Kalambaka, Greece -- served as a location shoot in the 1981 Bond flick For Your Eyes Only. A Greek bishop was paid to allow filming in the monasteries. Rumor has it that actor Roger Moore had a great fear of heights, and to do the climbing, he resorted to moderate drinking to calm his nerves. We’re just wondering if it was shaken, not stirred. 960 1280

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Lake Palace

Lake Palace

About half of the movie Octopussy was set in Udaipur, India -- primarily in this floating palace. 960 1280

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Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

After a mad dash through the streets of San Francisco in a fire truck, a battle between 007 and Max Zorin comes to a head on the Golden Gate Bridge in A View to a Kill (1985). 960 1280

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Rock of Gibraltar

Rock of Gibraltar

Actor Timothy Dalton’s first movie as 007 was The Living Daylights in 1987. In the opening scenes before the credits, 007’s car flies off a cliff on the Rock of Gibraltar. In true Bond fashion, he’s prepared with a parachute and he manages to land safely in a boat full of beautiful women below. 960 1280

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Key West, Florida

Key West, Florida

In Licence to Kill (1989), the British secret agent travels to Key West, FL, to see his best friend, Felix Lieter, get married. A happy occasion turns ugly when drug lord Franz Sanchez orders his henchmen to kill the newlyweds. Soon after, M meets Bond at the Hemingway House to send him to Istanbul for his next assignment. 960 1280

  

Arecibo Observatory

Arecibo Observatory

In 1989, actor Pierce Brosnan made his debut as the new James Bond in GoldenEye. The climactic fight scenes on the satellite were filmed here, at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. 960 1280

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Stoke Park

Stoke Park

In Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), the steamy love scene between James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) and Paris Carver (Teri Hatcher) was filmed here in Stoke Park, a historic estate -- now a hotel, spa and country club -- in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, England. 960 1280

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Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum

The pre-title sequence in The World Is Not Enough (1999) begins in Bilbao, Spain, at the legendary Guggenheim Museum. 960 1280

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Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Various exterior scenes where Bond visits the Ice Palace in Die Another Day were shot here, in and around this iceberg-filled lake in Jökulsárlón, Iceland. 960 1280

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Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

In 2006, actor Daniel Craig became the new Bond in Casino Royale. Director Martin Campbell and the production crew traveled to Prague, the Bahamas, Uganda and Italy to shoot scenes for the movie. Near the end of the movie, the secret agent wakes up in a hospital in Lake Como, Italy (pictured), after he was tortured by terrorist financier Le Chiffre. 960 1280

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Atacama Desert

Atacama Desert

In Quantum Solace (2008), Chile’s Atacama Desert (pictured) was filmed to create the scene in the Bolivian desert where villain Dominic Greene reveals his plan to control Bolivia’s water supply. 960 1280

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Sultanahmet Square

Sultanahmet Square

Istanbul’s Sultanahmet Square (pictured), Spice Bazaar, Yeni Camii and Grand Bazaar were closed to film the most recent James Bond flick, Skyfall. 960 1280

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Moscow

Moscow

Performers -- donned in green -- happily dance during a St. Paddy's Day parade in central Moscow.   960 1280

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Dublin, Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

A girl with her face painted in Ireland's national colors attends the St. Patrick's Day parade in Dublin, Ireland. 960 1280

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Even Down Under goes green for St. Patty’s Day. The Sydney Opera House is lit with green lights during St Patrick's Day celebrations. 960 1280

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London, England

London, England

Children get into the spirit in a St Patrick's day parade in London, England. Thousands of people lined the streets for the parade and a concert in Trafalgar Square. 960 1280

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Revelers dressed as Leprechauns take part in a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Tokyo on. More than 1,000 people took part in the parade to commemorate the Irish patron Saint Patrick. 960 1280

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Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane, Australia

Irish bagpipers march during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Brisbane, Australia. 960 1280

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Chicago

Chicago

Workers dye Chicago River green as part of the city's annual St Patricks day celebrations in Chicago. 960 1280

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London, England

London, England

A boy holds a Republic of Ireland flag during a St Patrick's day march in central London. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

Irish step dancers participate in the Saint Patrick's day parade on Fifth Avenue, in New York. 960 1280

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Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

A bartender at O'Carrolls Irish pub in Auckland, New Zealand, spins the glass before preparing to pour a Guinness during St. Patrick's Day. 960 1280

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London, England

London, England

A man, wearing a costume of Saint Patrick, shakes parade-goers' hands and entertains the crowds during the St. Patrick’s Day Parade through central London. 960 1280

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Munich, Germany

Munich, Germany

An actor dressed as Saint Patrick walks in the parade at Ludwigstrasse in Munich, Germany. With about 10,000 spectators, the Munich St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of the largest outside Ireland. 960 1280

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New York City

New York City

New York City's streets and pubs are crowded with people celebrating after the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. 960 1280

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St. Charles, Illinois

St. Charles, Illinois

A man dressed as a leprechaun performs mini motorcycle stunts along Main Street in St. Charles, Illinois March 10, 2007 for the town's St. Patrick's Day Parade. 960 1280

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Members of the Irish Setter Club and their dogs take part in a St. Patrick's Day Parade in Tokyo. 960 1280

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