007: You Only Visit Once
In 50 years of James Bond adventures and 23 actual films, the character James Bond has only visited New York City once!
In the Ian Fleming novels, the character of James Bond visits New York in Live and Let Die and Diamonds are Forever, whereas in the actual films, it has only been once and that was when Roger Moore took over the role from Sean Connery. The novels have Bond arriving at Idlewild, now named John F Kennedy Airport, JFK for short in Live and Let Die, and on his way into Manhattan, Bond’s car crosses the Triborough Bridge. The Plaza Hotel is also featured as a meeting place for Bond and CIA agent, Felix Leiter. In the Diamonds are Forever book, 007 and Tiffany dine in the 21 Club. The Astor Hotel accommodated Bond in Diamonds are Forever and 007 in New York. Felix took Bond to Sardi’s restaurant located just off Times Square, and in Live and Let Die, Bond and Solitaire depart from Penn Station.
There were rumours after the release of Casino Royale with Daniel Craig playing Bond, that the follow up film would be called 007, and be shot in New York City, but it didn’t materialise and instead Quantum of Solace was produced.
With a lengthy delay between projects, unlike in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s when Bond films were made every 2 years, the rumour mill began again. Surely after 39 years it was time for James Bond to return to New York and save the world. Apparently not, as the makers decided that Skyfall, the 23rd film in the series would be shot in London, England and Istanbul, Turkey.
Daniel Craig has signed up for another two films, making him the third longest-serving Bond after Roger Moore and Sean Connery. Perhaps New York City will be suggested for the 24th release. Time will tell…
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