James Bond in Scotland

September 06, 2015 // : Sander Jonkheijm // IN: Film Locations

James Bond

James Bond in Scotland

Sander Jonkheijm | September 06, 2015      Film Locations 




In the 23rd James Bond movie Skyfall, we see Daniel Craig return as 007, but unfortunately we say goodbye to M, played by Judi Dench. As we have come to expect from James Bond, there are beautiful women, fast cars and cool gadgets, but there are also always beautiful locations in the movies. Thus we see London, Turkey and Scotland come by.

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The family house of Bond lies in the beautiful Glencoe. Ian Fleming was so impressed by Sean Connery's version of James Bond in Dr. No he decided to give the character Scottish roots. In You Only Live Twice got revealed that Bond has been at a private school in Edinburgh. The family home in Skyfall comes directly from On Her Majesty's Secret Service. This is the film in which Bond says that his father is from Glencoe. But where are these movie locations exactly?

In a part of the Skyfall film Bond drives through the Highland on the A82 next to the striking peaks of Buachiaille Etive Mor and Buchaille Etive Beag. The secret agent drives his iconic Aston Martin DB5 through the beautiful atmospheric landscape.

The Scottish setting is also reflected in earlier films. In 'Her Majesty's Naval Base Clyde' some locations are located on the east shore of Loch Gare in Argyll and Bute. In this film there is only a fleeting glimpse of Scotland, although it is an important moment in 1977 from The Spy Who Loved Me. It is where Commander Bond (one of the few times he wears a full naval uniform) found out that the loss of the British submarines is no coincidence, but a sinister plot by the evil Stromberg.

The castle Eilean Donan had a prominent role in The World is Not Enough (1999), when it served as the Scottish headquarters of MI6. The producers of the film fully embraced the Scottish connection to Q (Desmond Llewelyn) completely and gave Bond (Pierce Brosnan) a demonstration of bagpipes that also serve as a machine gun.

In 1963 in the film From Russia With Love we saw Bond (Sean Connery) and the beautiful Russian Tatiana Romanova (Daniela Bianchi) are haunted by sinister SPECTRE agents in a speedboat in Turkey. Many film fans do not know this, but this scene is not actually filmed in Turkey but on Loch Craignish near Crinan, Argyll.

Then there is a venue that true Bond enthusiasts should not miss, even though he didn’t appeared directly in a Bond film. Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull was the home of Fitzroy Hew MacLean. This is a Second World War Hero who is widely seen as one of the main inspirations for James Bond.


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