Brought to life in film by actors such as Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton, Bob Simmons, Pierce Brosnan and most recently, by Daniel Craig, the fictional character of the British Secret Service agent named James Bond, occupies a special place in the cinematic industry. With the new instalments of the series sparking a great deal of enthusiasm across the world, James Bond embodies an enticing combination of danger, secrecy and allure which has contributed to its worldwide fame. As a result, any location used by a film crew in the process of filming any of the movies gain instant recognition such as the James Bond Island in Phuket.
For those who are spending their summer holidays in Phuket luxury accommodation, the James Bond Island is an attraction that is worth visiting. Formerly known as Koh Tapu Island in Phang Nga Bay, this particular isle was utilised as a filming location in The Man with the Golden Gun starring Roger Moore as James Bond and directed by Guy Hamilton in 1974. Presumably selected by the production crew for it’s truly stunning natural limestone cliffs that provide a spectacular backdrop against which the movie could thrive, Koh Tapu island gained international recognition and is now visited by hundreds of tourists staying at nearby Thai hotels such as Point Yamu by COMO Phuket.
The Bay itself claims around one hundred islands and the James Bond island is only one such isle. However, given its position as well as the need to protect and preserve the natural environment, tourists can opt for a speedboat ride tour that will take them close to the island. As the island is surrounded by some truly spectacular limestone cliffs that appear to rise majestically from the mysterious blue waters, this is an amazing sight that is bound to take their breath away.
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