‘James Bond Destinations’ Honors 007’s Greatest Cinematic Locations

How to travel like Bond…James Bond.

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There’s always been something impossibly intoxicating about James Bond: The most glamorous destinations, menswear, women, spirits, watches and fine tailoring are all in a day’s work, to say the least.

And that world is just a touch closer with the latest coffee table book from luxury publisher Assouline, which has made a name for itself exploring everything from the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak to the most stylish boat of all time.

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The lavishly illustrated James Bond Destinations, now available online for $120, celebrates the fact that, as early as 1962 debut film Dr. No, “007 would forever be a traveling secret agent,” Assouline notes.

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Chapter by chapter, the book covers some of the most memorable 007 locales ever shown on screen, from Jamaica to Rome to Rio de Janeiro to the Scottish highlands as seen in 2012 epic Skyfall.

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Written by diehard 007 fan, crime fiction author and EON editorial collaborator Daniel Pembrey, the tome explores iconic scenes and includes exclusive insider insights, all with a focus on taking fans wherever Bond goes.

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Staying ahead of the game as travel became more accessible through the years has been a key aim of the Bond franchise, said producer Michael G. Wilson.

“Youhave to find places that haven’t been seen, or you have to think of doing something spectacular in a well-known place, as we did with the chase through Rome in 2015’s Spectre,” Wilson said in a statement.

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The 328-page hardcover book notes that over 60 years of Bond, more than 100 real-life locations have been used in production, as opposed to soundstages favored by other films.

From the start, the Bond franchise showcased epic adventures that, at the time, were out of reach to the average filmgoer, as international travel was comparatively rare.

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Barbara Broccoli, original Bond producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli’s daughter, noted that her father “wanted to take people out of their lives and transport them on an adventure to something magical.”

Over six decades of instantly memorable big-screen adventures, consider the latest volume from Assouline a more than fitting tribute to a legendary secret agent and his penchant for even more legendary adventures.

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