007 in the Bahamas

Are there any other Sean Connery fans out there? Let me tell you a story about my childhood… I was raised on James Bond. Now, I was not allowed to watch Jem or Growing Pains, but for whatever reason, 007 was a-okay. And what’s not to love about this spy series? There is mystery, intrigue, action, and beautiful scenery. I’m not sure how many James Bond movies were filmed in the Bahamas; I’ll have to ask my brother the next time we talk and get back to you on that one. However, I do know that, being the super fans that my parents are, his name came up just a few times during our last visit to Nassau and Paradise Island. Here are the 3 places we visited and the corresponding movies…

The British Colonial Hilton in Nassau is the site of the Never Say Never bar… you know, the one where there is flirting and water skiing… all of the things good island banter is made of. Unfortunately, the bar is no longer there. I remember when it was. Yes, my family may have gone on a little James Bond escapade when I was younger. Maybe even stopping out at Lyford Cay and taking a picture in front of Sean Connery’s gate. Moving on…

Another Bond movie great, Thunderball, was also filmed at the Hilton in the lobby; apparently, a few things were rearranged for the movie, so this doesn’t look exactly as it did in the movie. Coincidently, this lobby is also where we all sat in the lobby during our vacation because the 4 year old got a little ambitious “just sticking his toes” in the water and ended up drenched (there are air hand dryers in the bathrooms and the gift shop does sell size 4 swim trunks, in case anyone needs to know).

I’ve saved the best for last… The One and Only Ocean Club on Paradise IslandHaving never had the opportunity to stay here, I’d love to roll my eyes or make some snide remark, but, wow, this place is everything it claims to be. It is gorgeous and immaculate and the staff is spectacular. I have so many memories here. My brother taking lessons from the pro, Leo, who still remembers my family and greets us with his warm smile. Or, my mom taking me to The Courtyard Terrace for dinner and my first official drink (White Zin, of course… it was the 90s) . Pictures of my parents on dates there while my grandmother watched us. The first time my husband and I went there for drinks or when we left our kids with their grandparents for our date nights at Dune. Ahhh… just so.many.memories. But, I guess we aren’t really supposed to be talking about me…oops! Back to the handsome man in the suit. While he’s not Sean Connery, Daniel Craig is a close second. And, he fits in well at The One and Only in Casino Royale. Here are some more pictures because it’s hard not to just keep snapping. It is beautiful!

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36 thoughts on “007 in the Bahamas”

  1. I love love love love love the Bahamas. And James Bond! I’ve heard of The One and Only, and I think my dad may have stayed there once in his many trips to Paradise Island. I might have to make that a priority next time!

    1. It is such an addicting place- definitely my favorite! Staying at the Ocean Club is on our bucket list too 🙂

  2. Great post! I love being able to spot places I’ve seen in pop culture. We just went to Dubrovnik, Croatia and we got to see all kinds of sites from Game of Thrones. Bond movies are pretty cool too!

  3. This is so fun! I think The One and Only Club is also in the movie The Other Woman with Leslie Mann and Cameron Diaz.

  4. I didn’t know there were so many James Bond sites in the Bahamas! What a great idea for a post. I’ve only seen Casino Royale of the three movies, but I definitely recognize the club from the film. Great pictures!

    1. Thank you 🙂 It was a natural post for me having grown up traveling to the Bahamas and watching James Bond;-)

  5. I’m a big fan of the James Bond films as well. These are cool to see and part of the reason I like the films is all the awesome locations he goes to in the films. I know when we went to Scotland we saw a few places where Bond was filmed as well.

    1. That’s awesome! Always fun to hear from other 007 fans 🙂 And, I completely agree that the filming locations are a big part of the appeal.

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