James Bond: Catching spies in the Bahamas

James Bond: 007

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.

Heating up the Bahama waters

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.

The One and Only Ocean Club

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 authorFabian 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.

8 Responses to “James Bond: Catching spies in the Bahamas”

  1. yes why not! We all need a little intrigue and romance! something about the edge sounds good but I don’t want to go too far…just need a touch :)

  2. BahamasDread says:

    Ahh yes Cythia, a little excitement. A dirty martini, a seductive waltz and the romantic ambience of the One and Only Ocean club in the Bahamas, and you could be well on your way!!

  3. RumShopRyan says:

    Great post. I love the thunderball grotto. I still have photos I need to develop of my adventure in the cave. I even jumped through the holes in the top of the cave. So much fun! I can’t wait to get back to the Exumas and live the James Bond lifestyle.


  4. BahamasDread says:

    Dude you got guts, after i saw how high the top was, I decided I wont be doing that. James bond is the mayn, I’m copying his style. No shame!

  5. Brad Beach says:

    Casino Royale was the very inspiration for Lorena and I to set our marriage roots in The Bahamas at Love Beach. We even dined at the Dune restaurant at The One & Only Ocean Club after the wedding. I indulged myself to order the $25 cheeseburger there. Was worth every penny!

  6. BahamasDread says:

    Now thats a truly romantic story brad. Its seems the Bahamas holds a special place in all our hearts!!

  7. Joe Douglas says:

    I stay at Sunrise Beach Club between Ocean Club and
    Atlantis–best of both worlds!

  8. BahamasDread says:

    Joe thats a smart move! definitely a top notch way to work the system.

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