New James Bond film boosts bookings in Bognor


New James Bond film boosts bookings in BognorRex


The Bognor tourism industry has been left shaken and stirred by the decision to film parts of the new James Bond film at the British seaside resort.

The area has seen a 40% increase in bookings since news of filming was leaked in January, says laterooms.com.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Bognor Regis was chosen as a location venue after the film studio MGM filed for bankruptcy. Other Bond films have been shot in exotic locations like Cuba, Thailand, Brazil and Jamaica.

But Bognor was chosen after the movie's budget was cut. Other parts of Skyfall - set for release in November - were shot at Pinewood Studios, other parts of Britain and Turkey.

Well, who needs Jamaica and Brazil as a backdrop, when there's a Butlin's holiday camp just down the road...?

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New James Bond film boosts bookings in Bognor

Film: A Room With A View

This affordable, four-star hotel was thrust in the limelight in 1985 when E. M. Forster's A Room With A View was adapted into a film. The 13th-century former convent Hotel degli Orafi in Florence is ideally located overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, where Julian Sands wooed Helena Bonham-Carter, and steps away from the famed Uffizi Gallery. Naturally the hotel has a Room with a View (Room 414) that you can check in to for magnificent views over the Arno and Ponte Vecchio. Visit hoteldegliorafi.it

Film: Pretty Woman

True romantics will love a stay at the iconic Beverly Wilshire, which featured in the film Pretty Woman that saw wealthy hotel guest Richard Gere fall in love with prostitute Julia Roberts. Although it was only the exterior of the five-star Beverly Hills hotel that was used (the interior scenes were filmed on a set), its fabulous location just steps from Rodeo Drive and the pure glamour of the hotel will take you back to the '90s when characters Edward and Vivian stayed in one of its suites. We can't guarantee you'll receive a stylish makeover and be taught dinner etiquette by the hotel manager like Vivian was though! Visit fourseasons.com/beverlywilshire

Film: Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Zurich's historic Dolder Grand was where parts of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo were filmed. The hotel's driveway, reception and Masina Suite feature in the crime film and the Dolder Grand even got a part in the trailer! Apart from its Hollywood movie connections, the exclusive hotel exudes luxury and boasts an elevated location between the bustling city and the stunning forest. Film buffs should book the two-night Girl with the Dragon Tattoo package, which includes dinner in the Garden Restaurant, a cinema ticket, limousine transfers to and from the hotel, a drink in the bar and a copy of the Stieg Larsson book from £1,136 per person. Visit thedoldergrand.com

Film: Casino Royale

At the Grand Hotel Pupp in the spa town of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, you can feel like a Bond star in the grand and luxurious setting. The neo-Baroque hotel was seen in the film Casino Royale as the Hotel Splendide in Montenegro, where Bond and Vesper stay and have dinner in the hotel's restaurant. The Grand Hotel Pupp dates back to the 18th century and has plush interiors of dark wood and marble bathrooms. Dine in the opulent Grandrestaurant Pupp before sipping Martinis (shaken not stirred, of course) in the classic, 1920s-style Becher's Bar. Visit pupp.cz

Film: Lost in Translation

Most of Sofia Coppola's Oscar-winning film Lost in Translation was set in the Park Hyatt Tokyo, where Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray's love story was brought to life. The hotel is located in the city's famous business district, Shinjuku and although you'll probably spend most of your time outside the hotel exploring the cosmopolitan city, the Park Hyatt has an array of dining and lounging spaces, a luxurious spa and pool, plus rooms with breathtaking views. Be sure to stop at the New York Bar, where character Bob spent most of his nights in the film and where you can see Tokyo's spectacular skyline. Visit tokyo.park.hyatt.com

Film: The Man Who Knew Too Much

Alfred Hitchcock's 1956 colour remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much starring James Stewart and Doris Day was shot at the super-luxe La Mamounia, where characters Jo and Ben stayed while on holiday in Marrakech and find themselves embroiled in an assassination plot after their son Hank is kidnapped. La Mamounia, which sits within Marrakech's old city walls is the epitome of Moroccan decadence with the opulent Le Marocain restaurant, which was also used for filming, the lush gardens surrounding the hotel and its exotic spa. Visit mamounia.com

Film: The Devil Wears Prada

Hotel Plaza Athenee was the stylish Parisian hotel chosen for shooting scenes of The Devil Wears Prada starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep while their characters were on a trip to the chic French capital for Paris Fashion Week. We can see why too, as the hotel has stunning Art Deco and Regency style, amazing views of the Eiffel Tower and restaurants and bars (including Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée) that any fashionista would want to be seen in. Visit plaza-athenee-paris.com

Films: Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen

This extravagant Vegas hotel stars with George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the Ocean's Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen films. A group of thieves plan the biggest heist in history with the hotel as their target and scenes were shot on Bellagio's casino floor in Ocean's Eleven and the executive offices in Ocean's Thirteen. With a world-famous casino, nearly 4,000 guest rooms and its iconic dancing fountains, the Bellagio is well worth checking in to if you're a film buff and also featured in the movie What Happens in Vegas. Visit bellagio.com

Film: Octopussy

This unique hotel became a memorable Bond location in the 1983 film Octopussy when it featured heavily as the secluded retreat of Bond girl, Octopussy, played by actress Maud Adams. The hotel was shot as her palace throughout the many scenes of Udaipur and the film was later praised for its use of elegant locations in India. The mystical floating hotel was built in 1746 in Lake Pichola overlooking the Aravalli Hills and regal palaces. Inside, you'll find lily-filled ponds, restored pavilions and ornate rooms. The Leading Hotels of the World offers stays at The Taj Lake Palace from £285 per room per night based on two people sharing. Visit taj.tajhotels.com

Film: Four Weddings and a Funeral

In the 1994 British comedy Four Weddings and a Funeral, which sees Hugh Grant falls in love with beautiful American Andie MacDowell, the second wedding reception was filmed at Luton Hoo Hotel. At the time it was a stately home and only opened as the hotel in 2007. It's also been seen in films such as Eyes Wide Shut, The World Is Not Enough and Never Say Never Again. The historic hotel that dates back to 1767 has an 18-hole golf course, 1,000 acres of gardens and parkland and a fabulous spa. Visit lutonhoo.co.uk

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