Movie Set Travel: Casino Royale
Just in time for heading home for Thanksgiving and having to deal with excessive relatives, the perfect movie to escape the house for, Casino Royale, opens today. Daniel Craig hits the big screen as the new 007, a blonder, younger version.
You know the drill: adventure, bedding foreign women, car and boat chases. Although this time around, the plot explores James' first mission, where he has to stop a crafty banker from winning a casino tournament because he knows the prize money will be used to fund terrorist activities. Getting paid to gamble? Sounds like fun to us.
This film was shot all over, literally, from the Bahamas to the Czech Republic to England to Venice. We offer you a round-up of some of the most glam, 007-themed spots around the world where we're sure you could snag your very own secret sexy spy:
Where To Play with the High Rollers:
Atlantis Casino, Bahamas
Don your Armani tuxedo and head to the largest casino in the Caribbean, gaze at the $1 million glass sculptures gracing the floor, and play at one of 75 tables. Plan to be there on 12/1 and enter the $100,000 Slot Tournament. Don't worry, you can do a credit application online first, although we're sure M would have already handled that for you.
Where To Spend the Night Under a Fake Name:
GrandHotel Pupp, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic
The first part of the mammoth GrandHotel Pupp's complex was built in 1701. Rooms feature luxurious interiors (some have Wi-Fi), and guests can even indulge in the traditional Roman baths on-premises. You can even book a "Shaken, Not Stirred" package which includes a visit to a castle, beer spa, and shooting range.
Where to Stage Your Chase Scene:
Loket Castle, Loket, Czech Republic
Right above the valley of the Ohre River, Loket Castle was founded by Czech kings at the beginning of the 13th century. Visitors are allowed to traverse the whole thing, even the subterranean dungeons once used as actual prisons. The area around the castle is also perfect for a day of sightseeing and walking around--or hiding out.
· Casino Royale reviews [Rotten Tomatoes]