A History of James Bond in London

Last month, we celebrated the big-screen adaptation of classic cops show The Sweeney with a themed week of properties and posts; but this week we’re welcoming back a very well known British film icon in James Bond, when Skyfall leaps into cinemas. So we thought we would take a look at some of the locations in and around London that have inspired Bond’s adventures through the years.

Bond is one of those great exports that we have bestowed on the rest of the world; and every time we deliver another barnstormer of a film, it’s another chance to show off the sights of London which is always a great benefit for the economy, tourism and real estate. One of the best recent examples is the effect that filming the LOTR trilogy had on New Zealand. Sure, there are those gorgeous foreign beaches on which 007 likes to woo his femme fatales; but he always needs to start at home, usually with a ticking off from Q while he’s introduced to his latest gadgets. Home is indeed where the heart is.

When we think of MI5, our secret service, we would expect the headquarters to be something like that in Men in Black: a big grey building, with little in the way of markings to indicate that this is where the creme of the crop of British intelligence work…and that is exactly what you get if you look at Thames House. Located in Millbank, on the north bank of the Thames, the development was previously occupied by the government before it was handed over to MI5 in 1994 to use alongside the Northern Island Office. Hopefully, it wasn’t a bloody scrap that saw our very own Bonds take over the building!

Filming for Skyfall has involved many, many areas across London including Southall, Canary Wharf, Charing Cross, Tower Hill and Parliament Square. If you live or work in the area, and have heard any funny explosions in the last year, it’s probably just been Daniel Craig saving the world, ho-hum. So when you go to see it, you’re certainly going to be treated to some key London landmarks; see if you can spot them all!

Look out for the properties we’re posting this week in London to rent and to buy, which will be closely tied to the adventures of 007.

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