The Best James Bond Scenes Set In London

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 61 months ago
The Best James Bond Scenes Set In London

The title of the new James Bond film has been announced — it's called Spectre. To celebrate, we've picked some of our favourite moments of 007 at large in London.

The capital features heavily in the last Bond outing, Skyfall, in which various bits of the capital get quite broken. Here's Terry Farrell's SIS Building getting very broken in that film. In fact, the same building also goes boom in 1999's The World Is Not Enough. The story goes that at a private screening in the MI6 building, there were huge cheers when the audience saw their workplace get blown up.

Speaking of The World Is Not Enough, that film features an extensive speed boat chase along the Thames, which sees a host of London's river-side sights, a soaked Pierce Brosnan, and improbably ends up on top of The O2 (back then, still the Millennium Dome). Maybe that's what gave them the idea for Up at The O2.

The World Is Not Enough gets a reference in the 1969 movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, when George Lazenby visits the College of Arms near St Paul's, and discovers that his ancestor is one Thomas Bond of Peckham. Thomas Bond's family motto was Orbis non sufficit, which means "the world is not enough", and he is also the chap after whom Bond Street is named.

How do you grab an audience's attention from the get-go? Back in the Roger Moore era of Bond, you dropped a man in a wheelchair down a chimney (swiftly followed by a conspicuously sexist title sequence). The narrative preamble of For Your Eyes Only has our hero whisked by helicopter past the Houses of Parliament, before he manages to overcome the evil Blofeld at Beckton Gas Works.

More Moore now, with an early scene from Octopussy. We join Bond in Sotheby's, where he's about perform the egg swap of the century. We've watched this 100 times, but his nifty hand work is just so subtle, we can't work out HOW he does it.

2002's Die Another Day sees Bond descend into the fictional Vauxhall Cross tube station, where Basil Fawlty introduces him to an invisible car (it's not the best Bond film ever). The abandoned Aldwych station was the inspiration, although this scene is all filmed on a set.

Finally, let's not forget that moment back in 2012 when Bond dropped in on Buckingham Palace (that Queen impersonator is REALLY good).

Got a favourite Bond in London scene? Tell us in the comments.

Featured image by Cybermyth13, in the Londonist Flickr pool.

Last Updated 04 December 2014