How James Bond Became the Ultimate Spy Traveller
James Bond is undeniably the coolest traveller on the planet. You won’t find him jostling for room in an 8-bed dorm or buying a discount phone-card in a newsagent, though. In his typical way, Bond travels in style. If he isn’t swooning among the high-rollers of the world, he’ll be charging through the city streets in a tank (Goldeneye), or driving a car in the sea (The Spy Who Loved Me), or running across the heads of crocodiles (Live and Let Die). To coincide with the UK release of Skyfall, here at All Infographics we’ve been thinking about the world’s most reliable man of action, and in the following information graphics we’re crowning him as the ultimate traveler.
If you fancy replicating Bond but don’t have a government agent’s wallet, don’t panic – here is an overview of how you can craftily sprinkle yourself in Bond’s lifestyle without shelling out. Thank us later.
A Cruise Along the Thames
James Bond doesn’t do subtle. His idea of a river cruise, as shown in The World is Not Enough, involves tearing down the Thames causing carnage in a speedboat. It’s not feasible for the budget traveler to replicate this without causing considerable disruption on the London streets (and that won’t win you any friends among London’s commuters). However, to experience London by road and by water without Bond’s level of drama try a London Duck Tour, which will gift you a riverboat view of London’s famous cityscape. This serves as proof that doing as Bond does needn’t involve explosions. Just ducks.
An Evening Tipple
The world’s most prolific spy is a particular man with a particular drink order. Despite dabbling in scotch and sodas in Bond literature, in the movie series Bond has a penchant for Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred. If you’re wondering, shaking crushes up the ice rather than letting it melt, giving the drink a smoother overall taste. Of course, it won’t always be possible to recreate this on a budget. So, you’re going to need to be experimental in your local bar. As an alternative, why not try a sparkling water in a tall glass with a stirrer sitting in it. It’s only a theory, but any drink looks more elegant with the addition of a stirrer (whether you prefer your drinks shaken or not).
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A Gentleman’s Wardrobe
Famously, Bond knows how to dress. Sharp suits, tuxedos and sometimes nothing but trunks, Bond is always impeccably turned out. While you’re traveling this might not always be possible, certainly if you’re always wearing the same ripped t-shirt. So, if you want style on the road you should get yourself to Asia and book a session with the tailors of Vietnam. A cheap Asian suit can make you look like a flamboyant game-show host or make you dazzle like a 00-agent. Whichever you prefer.
A Country Drive
Bond’s attitude to road trips is best viewed in Quantum of Solace, which sees him rip through the Italian countryside en route to Siena via a particularly bothersome car chase which strips his Aston Martin of much of its buffed appeal. For the budget road trip you need not involve yourself in a high speed chase. Rather, you should consider hiring the cheapest car or scooter that you can before loosening you shirt, flicking your hair free and taking to the countryside like you belong on the silver screen.