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Destination Bond

To mark the release of the latest Bond movie “Spectre,” travel search company Skyscanner has compiled a list of 10 amazing 007 film locations, and the cheapest months next year to visit them.

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 December, 2015, 12:31pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:53pm

1. Crab Key Beach—"Dr. No" (1962)
One of the most iconic 007 scenes is set on Crab Key Beach in Jamaica, where Connery’s Bond meets Honey Ryder, played by Ursula Andress. The beach is actually called Laughing Waters, near the port town of Ocho Rios on the north coast of Jamaica. Travel in April, with airfares starting at $8,400.

2. Istanbul—"From Russia with Love" (1963)
Clearly one of his favorite city break destinations, Bond returned to Istanbul in “Skyfall,” after first visiting it in “From Russia with Love” some 50 years earlier when he took the ferry across the Bosphorus with Russian agent Tatiana Romanova. Airfares to Istanbul start at $3,900 in February.

3. St. Andrews—"Goldfinger" (1965)
All the golf greats have played the hallowed turf of the Old Course at St. Andrews—including Bond himself, who was almost sliced open by the diminutive Oddjob with a killer bowler hat. February is the most economical time of year to visit the east coast of Fife in Scotland, with airfares from $4,775—but it’s probably not the friendliest weather-wise.

4. Tokyo—"You Only Live Twice" (1967)
Sean Connery tracks big baddie Ernst Stavro Blofeld, played by Donald Pleasence, down to Tokyo. Fly to Japan’s bustling capital from just $1,250 in February.

5. Khao Phing Kan—"The Man With the Golden Gun" (1974)
Better known as “James Bond Island,” Khao Phing Kan in Thailand’s Andaman Sea is a stunning location, which is probably why it was chosen for Roger Moore’s epic battle with Christopher Lee’s Scaramanga. The cheapest flights to Phuket start at $922 in September.

6. Rio de Janeiro—"Moonraker" (1979)
Notable for one of Bond’s most thrilling fight scenes with steel-toothed henchman Jaws on the cable car up to Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio, March offers the best airfares, starting at around $8,400.

7. San Francisco—"A View to a Kill" (1985)
The skies over San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge provided another amazing Bond location for a pitched final fight on board an airship. Tickets around $4,400 in February.

8. Key West—"Licence to Kill" (1989)
The tropical Florida Keys and Key West are the exotic settings for this darker Bond outing. Flights to Miami International airport start from $7,200 in February.

9. Shanghai—"Skyfall" (2012)
“Skyfall” shows off the Shanghai skyline at its most futuristic. Fly to the city for just $900 in January next year. Just try not to have a showdown with an assassin in a neon-lit skyscraper.

10. Mexico City—"Spectre" (2015)
The amazing opening scenes of the latest 007 offering have increased interest in the many attractions of Mexico City. May is the cheapest month of the year to go to see the ruins of the ancient Aztec Templo Mayor, the baroque Catedral Metropolitana and the Palacio Nacional, all based around the Plaza de la Constitución, the massive main square where scenes in the middle of the Day of the Dead were shot. Airfares from $7,330.