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Along with fast cars and dry martinis, the casino has become inseparable from the image of James Bond. The $7 billion film series is responsible for some of cinema’s most memorable casino scenes, from the classic chemin-de-fer game in Dr. No (1962) to the deadly round of Texas hold ‘em in Casino Royale (2006). And no James Bond fan can say they’ve experienced true 007 thrills without having visited the real casino film locations.
One of the most recognised is the Casino de Monte Carlo, Monaco. With its stunning Belle Époque architecture, hand-crafted gaming tables and Bohemian crystal chandeliers, it’s hardly surprising this place provided the inspiration for writer Ian Fleming’s original Bond novel. It’s no stranger to the big screen. 007 fans will recognise it from the movies Never Say Never Again (1983) and GoldenEye (1995).
Another renowned Bond film location is London’s Les Ambassaduers Club, or ‘Les A’ as its affectionately known by its members. Standing on the site of King Henry VIII’s hunting lodge, this Mayfair casino has been a popular haunt of the rich and famous since the 19th Century. Its grand Georgian façade and equally-opulent interior made it the perfect location for Bond’s silver screen debut in 1962.
To find out more about other casinos of Bond-movie fame, check out the below guide, brought to you by bgo.