The teensy little film (see below) is a complete hoot. It was the last time Justin did the walk prior to the December 2020 Lockdown. Amazingly, a “Bond girl” – Miss Caruso (Madeline Smith) – was on the walk and she did a little interview for us, talked to the group about the film, her role, etc. “I was abed with Rog…” What’s not to like.
“Shaken not stirred” … Ahhhhh how those words have become intertwined over the years with a do-or-die world of magnificently malevolent villains, seductively sensuous sirens and reckless romances in exotic locations. This Tour du Jour walk goes there. We visit, indeed inspect, the sites that played an important role in the life of Ian Fleming. His place of birth, his clubs and his shops. As for 007 himself, much of what made the man – the gun, the gas-guzzler, the gambling and the grooming all took place around Mayfair and St James’. If he existed that is. Maybe he did. Maybe he does. Want to find out what personalities and events in Fleming’s life inspired the characters and plots of Bond? Curious about how relevant 007 is post-Cold War? Keen to hear more about their superhuman capability to absorb ridiculous amounts of alcohol and tobacco? Then leave your weapon at home and come and find out. Tux not compulsory. Meet Justin – who bears a remarkable resemblance to the gentleman in question (James Bond, NOT Oddjob) – just there, just outside exit 2 of Marble Arch Tube. N.B. the walk takes about two hours and ends just off St. James’s Street, a couple of minutes’ walk from Green Park Tube.
JAMES BOND’S LONDON – THE PRACTICALS
‘This walk involves a couple of visits to pubs along the route & will therefore finish just after 10.00pm, For those that want to, there is the option of going on to a 3rd pub with Justin/ your guide’
The meeting point for the “Bond, James Bond” – The London of 007 & Ian Fleming walk is just outside exit 2 (the Park Lane exit) of Marble Arch Tube. The walk is guided by Justin.