For centuries the Bahamas has been home to mystery, intrigue, pirates and even bootleggers. I mean who wouldn’t find islands littered with untouched beaches, hidden underwater caves and crystal clear blue waters alluring? Even James Bond did, the ultimate man’s man!
James Bond made his first Bahamas debut in 1965, when the film Thunderball was filmed. Thunderball which has been one of the most successful bond films to date was the fourth spy film in the James bond series. The film showcased Sean Connery as the original bond, chasing spies around the world, facing off with the infamous patch wearing Number two and culminating the battle in a fierce underwater fight that took place in none other than Staniel Cay Exuma.
The now famous Thunderball grotto an underwater cave in the exumas, draws scores of snorkelers from around the world who dare to seek out its beauty. Sean connery was so taken back by the beauty he discovered while filming for James Bond series, he purchased a luxury home in the exclusive gated community of Lyford Cay where only the Rich & Famous inhabit.
From the James bond legacy they are 6 films that span the collection that have had scenes filmed in the Bahamas, or entire units of the film shot on site.The last film of the series shot in the Bahamas, Casino Royale which introduced a younger James bond portrayed as Daniel Craig who is on a mission to qualify himself to earn his double 0’ status.
Casino Royale takes bond once again traipsing around the world only to make a stop once again in the beautiful isles of the Bahamas, where two luxury Bahamian fixtures are once again chosen to enhance the bond appeal. The two luxury places chosen were the prominent Albany house owned by Tiger woods and the beautiful lobby of the One and only Ocean club over Paradise Island which were integral parts of the film that gave Casino Royale its character.
Whatever it is, the Bahamas has maintained its intrigue dating back from Thunderball’s debut in 1965, all the way into 2006 with Casino Royale’s addition to the Bond legacy. With underwater caves, untouched beaches and luxury accommodations swanky enough to spice up James Bond’s love life, it’s no wonder why people are still drawn to the Bahamas.
Take a look at the video below to experience the true beauty of Thunderball Grotto in the Exumas!
Have you ever wished you could experience some intrigue and romance the James bond way?
About the author: Fabian Christopher is the Managing editor and owner of Sandy Slipper Travel and online magazine. An avid enthusiast of the Bahamas, he is always ready and available to make your vacation dreams in the islands a memorable experience.